CHILDREN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL GIVES SUPER COMMITTEE REPORT AN “F”
IRRESPONSIBLE INACTION PLACES CHILDREN IN JEOPARDY
WASHINGTON, DC – November 23, 2011 – The Children’s Leadership Council today gave the Congressional Super Committee an “F” for its failure to reach a compromise that would balance additional revenues with spending cuts to address the nation’s deficit and sustain basic health and social needs and other essential services for America’s children, youth and families
“The Super Committee gets an ‘F’ for not doing its job,” Alan W. Houseman, Chairman of the Children’s Leadership Council, said. “Congress had an opportunity to step up in a bipartisan way and act responsibly to address the immediate and serious needs that millions of Americans face. Sadly, they did not, and now children and families will pay the price.”
Houseman continued: “The Super Committee abdicated its responsibility to provide a realistic plan for the country to maintain basic spending levels for child care, education and nutrition services for low-income families. It opens the door for so-called ‘sequestered’ cuts - drastic, automatic spending cuts in services that millions of children rely on for a dignified life. When one in five American children lives in poverty, making further cuts in services in order to preserve tax cuts for the wealthy is shameful.”
“We urge the Congress and the Obama administration to restart negotiations immediately to reach a bipartisan agreement that strikes a balance between spending cuts to address the deficit and sufficient revenues to protect children, youth and families,” Houseman said.