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Letter: Cuts to critical programs creates risk of poverty

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From: Ann Jones


Received: Feb. 20

In the budget battles in Congress, some are proposing severe cuts to critical programs for low-income kids and families, including SNAP (formerly food stamps) and Head Start, along with Medicaid, the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit (CTC), and other important services. Children are the primary beneficiaries of these services, and cuts to these programs would put millions at risk of falling into poverty.

In addition, despite President Obama’s call for an AIDS-free world, the results of sequestration would severely impact both global and domestic health prevention and care for HIV and AIDS. The Global Fund and PEPFAR funding will be cut, and the human impact of such cuts would be devastating.

HIV/AIDS treatment for 273,00 people will not be available, leading to approximately 62,000 more AIDS-related deaths and 122,500 more children becoming orphans. In addition, 111,000 fewer HIV+ pregnant women will receive treatment, leading to more than 21,000 infants being infected. (July issue brief-amfAR)

It is imperative that members of Congress know that Americans reject the idea of balancing the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable in the U.S. and our world.

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