How will protecting military spending hurt the 99%?

The House Budget Committee is crafting a deficit reduction package that will replace the sequestration cuts scheduled to take place next year. It would cut $300 billion in domestic programs over ten years so the military budget can keep growing. Medicaid and Food Stamps are among the programs targeted.  The House Budget Committee is expected to report out the legislation on May 7, and the package could hit the House Floor later that week.  For more on the deficit reduction package’s contents, click here.

Meanwhile, you can use these specific examples to show what it will cost us if Congress protects useless Pentagon programs and cuts people programs instead.

Eliminating Social Services Block Grant Would Weaken Services for Vulnerable Children, Adults, and Disabled

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 3rd, 2012: To help generate the savings required by the House-approved budget, the House Ways and Means Committee voted on April 18 to eliminate the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), a uniquely flexible funding source that helps states meet the specialized needs of their most vulnerable populations, primarily low- and moderate-income children and people who are elderly or disabled. See PDF of this report.

The False Choice of National Defense Versus Helping the Poor

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, April 20th, 2012: House committees this week approved sharp cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), the elimination of the Social Services Block Grant, and other cuts that would harm large numbers of low- and moderate-income Americans. Proponents claim the cuts are needed to generate enough savings to avert an automatic cut in defense spending of nearly $55 billion scheduled for next January…. See PDF of this report (2pp.)

Ryan Budget Would Slash SNAP Funding by $134 Billion Over Ten Years
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, April 18th, 2012: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan includes cuts in SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) of $133.5 billion — more than 17 percent — over the next ten years (2013-2022), which would necessitate ending assistance for millions of low-income families, cutting benefits for millions of such households, or some combination of the two….  Table 1 provides state-by-state estimates of the potential impact in each state…. See PDF of this report (9pp.)

House leaders cut safety net programs to save military turkeys

See and use this great chart about House cuts in family health care coverage, foster care, child and elder abuse prevention, senior “Meals on Wheels,” and child care – it shows the wasteful weapons programs that are being protected by making these cuts.

House Budget Bills Would Target Programs for Lower-Income Families While Breaking Last Summer’s Bipartisan Deal

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 7th, 2012: It would eliminate the ‘sequestration’ (automatic cuts) in discretionary programs scheduled for 2013 as a result of the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the ‘supercommittee’) to achieve $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction, and replace it with a package that is strikingly unbalanced in how it affects different parts of the budget and, in particular, programs for low- and moderate-income people…. See the full report (7 pages).



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