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Analysis of the President's Budget

April 30, 2013

The good news is that sequestration was back on the front page this week. The bad news is that Congress only took action when its own comfort was in peril. Apparently increased airport delays last week were unacceptable as members headed out of town for the April recess. When Congress flies back next week, they must take action for children and all Americans and repeal the across-the-board cuts imposed by sequestration. Sequestration is bad policy; it is dangerous policy. It is hurting children, the homeless, the unemployed and millions of others across the country.

Earlier this month President Obama released his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal that would replace sequestration, raise new revenues, and make a significant investment in young children. It addresses the epidemic of gun violence in our nation by proposing important investments in gun safety, school safety and access to mental health services. It would protect Medicaid and make additional investments in education, child nutrition initiatives, and supports for low-income families that will help level the playing field for children across the country, strengthening the foundation for success all children need to survive and thrive. The President’s budget included the deficit reduction compromise he had offered House Majority Leader Boehner in 2012. Unfortunately, this compromise embodies an imbalance between spending cuts and new revenues, and leaves intact some of the tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations. Now all eyes turn to Congress to see whether the House and Senate are able to make a budget deal, despite having passed dramatically different budgets last month. 

Learn more about President Obama’s budget and what it means for children and families. We’ll keep you up-to-date as Congress tries to reach a compromise in the coming weeks and months.

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