From PathWays PA (http://www.pathwayspa.org):
Pennsylvania Senator Patrick Toomey, is a member of the Super Committee – the Committee tasked with finding ways to cut federal spending over the next ten years. As cuts to all federal programs come up for discussion, and with the deadline approaching for recommendations, it’s important to let him know that we need to keep our investments in the nation’s youth.
Just in Pennsylvania millions of children and families are at risk to have the programs they depend on be cut. Those impacted in Pennsylvania include the
- 41,958 children enrolled in Head Start (http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/acrossstates/Rankings.aspx?ind=5938)
- 273,221 children insured through the State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?yr=133&typ=1&ind=871&cat=4&sub=61&sortc=1&o=a)
- 1,778,000 who receive health coverage through Medicaid (http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/cpstables/032011/health/toc.htm)
- 262,269 women who receive benefits through the Women Infants and Children (WIC) health and nutritional program (http://frac.org/reports-and-resources/reports-2/)
- 1,574,783 receive support to buy food through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) (http://frac.org/reports-and-resources/reports-2/)
Millions out there are struggling to make ends meet, and these vital programs provide much needed support to financially struggling families.
Without them, women and families struggle to afford child care, doctor’s visits and food. The Maternity Care Coalition is seeking support. Urge Senator Pat Toomey to invest in America’s children in this “Super Committee” process—you can find contact information at http://toomey.senate.gov. Additionally, you can send a letter to your member of Congress telling them that these programs are vital to the health and financial well being of millions of Americans. Find contact information at http://www.house.gov.