Published: September 2012

The most vulnerable to be harmed by automatic budget cuts in 2013

Automatic cuts to domestic programs that are scheduled to take effect in January 2013 under the sequestration provisions of the Budget Control Act will inflict devastating harm. Estimated conservatively, a year of sequestration cuts will:

  • Deny WIC nutrition aid to 750,000 mothers and young children
  • Prevent more than 413,000 adults and youth from getting job training and deny education and training to more than 51,000 veterans
  • Eliminate reading and math help to more than 1.8 million low-income public school children
  • Deny child care to the low- to moderate-income families of 80,000 children
  • Stop nearly 34,000 women from being screened for breast and cervical cancer
  • Prevent nearly 27,000 infants and toddlers from benefiting from special education early intervention services
  • Force 185,000 households to lose rental assistance vouchers, and stop 734,000 households from receiving home heating and cooling aid.

Consumer Action, along with SAVE and other advocates, urges Congress consider basic principles when addressing upcoming budgeting decisions: to protect low-income and vulnerable people; promote job creation to strengthen the economy; increase revenues from fair sources; and seek responsible savings by targeting wasteful spending in the Pentagon and in other areas that do not serve the public interest.

Lead Organization

Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All

Other Organizations

A New Way Forward | AFL-CIO | AFSCME | Alliance For Justice | American Income Life Insurance | American Sustainable Business Council | Americans for Democratic Action, Inc | Americans United for Change | Campaign for America’s Future | Campaign Money | Center for Digital Democracy | Center for Economic and Policy Research | Center for Economic Progress | Center for Media and Democracy | Center for Responsible Lending | Center for Justice and Democracy | Center of Concern | Change to Win | Clean Yield Asset Management | Coastal Enterprises Inc. | Color of Change | Common Cause | Communications Workers of America | Community Development Transportation Lending Services | Consumer Action | Consumer Association Council | Consumers for Auto Safety and Reliability | Consumer Federation of America | Consumer Watchdog | Consumers Union | Corporation for Enterprise Development | CREDO Mobile | CTW Investment Group | Demos | Economic Policy Institute | Essential Action | Greenlining Institute | Good Business International | HNMA Funding Company | Home Actions | Housing Counseling Services| Information Press | Institute for Global Communications | Institute for Policy Studies: Global Economy Project | International Brotherhood of Teamsters | Institute of Women’s Policy Research | Krull & Company | Laborers’ International Union of North America | Lake Research Partners | Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law | Move On | NAACP | NASCAT | National Association of Consumer Advocates | National Association of Neighborhoods | National Community Reinvestment Coalition | National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients) | National Consumers League | National Council of La Raza | National Fair Housing Alliance | National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions | National Housing Trust | National Housing Trust Community Development Fund | National NeighborWorks Association | National Nurses United | National People’s Action | National Council of Women’s Organizations | Next Step | OMB Watch | | Opportunity Finance Network | Partners for the Common Good | PICO National Network | Progress Now Action | Progressive States Network | Poverty and Race Research Action Council | Public Citizen | Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law | SEIU | State Voices | Taxpayer’s for Common Sense | The Association for Housing and Neighborhood Development | The Fuel Savers Club | The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights | The Seminal | TICAS | U.S. Public Interest Research Group | UNITE HERE | United Food and Commercial Workers | United States Student Association | USAction | Veris Wealth Partners | Western States Center | We the People Now | Woodstock Institute | World Privacy Forum | UNET | Union Plus | Unitarian Universalist for a Just Economic Community

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The most vulnerable to be harmed by automatic budget cuts in 2013   (SAVESignOnLetter2012.pdf)




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