From the SVDP USA – Budget Cuts Imperil Those Living in Poverty - In the coming weeks, Congress will debate deep spending cuts in the federal government’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget. As members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we have an obligation to speak up — and speak out — regarding the the long-term consequences of Congress’ decision. The vast majority of those cuts are going to come from discretionary, non-defense items. Unfortunately, those cuts include the majority of social welfare, education and other anti-poverty funds. A few examples would be:
• $2.3 billion from job training programs
• $2.5 billion from affordable housing
• $1.08 billion from Head Start
• $1 billion from Community Health Centers
• $100 million from Emergency Food and Shelter
Right now, some 45 million Americans are living in poverty, and these and other cuts currently under consideration in the national budget for FY 2011 could hurt not only them but add millions more to the list. Unfortunately, those living in poverty and the most vulnerable among us are not being heard in this debate.
As members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we have an obligation to speak up — and speak out — regarding the the long-term consequences of Congress’ decision. That’s why it’s critical for you to contact them and empahsize the dramatic impact their actions could have on the people we serve.