2011-04-20 / Features

NYC Lawmakers Denounce Republican Budget Cuts

BY JOHN TOSCANO


Congressmembers Jerrold Nadler, Charles Rangel, Carolyn Maloney, Eliot Engel, Anthony Weiner, and Nydia Velazquez, and dozens of nonprofit leaders and advocates from across New York City voiced their strong opposition to the imminent federal spending cuts that will slash over $38 billion from vital national programs, decimate funding for New York’s hardworking community organizations, cut jobs and services, and destabilize local neighborhoods during the ongoing recession. Congressmembers Jerrold Nadler, Charles Rangel, Carolyn Maloney, Eliot Engel, Anthony Weiner, and Nydia Velazquez, and dozens of nonprofit leaders and advocates from across New York City voiced their strong opposition to the imminent federal spending cuts that will slash over $38 billion from vital national programs, decimate funding for New York’s hardworking community organizations, cut jobs and services, and destabilize local neighborhoods during the ongoing recession. The Republican sponsored budget revision that slashes $38.5 billion from countless programs and follows the bipartisan deal that prevented a shutdown of the government, was passed April 14.

Previous to its passage, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney (D–Queens/Manhattan) and Anthony Weiner (D–Queens/Brooklyn) and four other Democratic lawmakers from New York, were joined by dozens of other advocates in opposing the GOP cuts.

All charged that they will disproportionately punish New York and single out working families, seniors, children, immigrants and low- and middle class families by eliminating vital programs.

The lawmakers predicted the GOP sponsored action will cut jobs and services and destabilize local neighborhoods during the ongoing recession.

The vote on the budget revisions followed the bipartisan agreement made previously to prevent the shutdown of the government.

Commenting on passage of the budget Maloney declared, “If the Republicans had told the American public last fall that they would pass zero job bills and instead slash programs for seniors, women and the poor, they would have been laughed out of Congress. This year’s budget will cause untold suffering for women and children.

“Next year’s Republican budget proposal is even more extreme—it ends guaranteed Medicare for seniors to finance a giant new tax cut for corporations, and would add trillions to the deficit over the next 10 years. This isn’t a recipe for a balanced budget, it is a recipe for disaster.”

Weiner commented: “The GOP budget is not about debt reduction, it’s about increasing the dangerous inequities in our economy and society. It is an assault on the middle class and those struggling to make it.”

Maloney and Weiner, joined by Congressmembers Charles Rangel (D–Manhattan), Eliot Engel (D–The Bronx), Jerrold Nadler (D–Manhattan), and Nydia Velazquez (D–Brooklyn), said among the hundreds of critical local programs that will be drastically cut are:

•COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS, which provide vital services to low and moderate income families and communities across the city. The grants fund career training, homeless shelters, crime victims assistance, and help to preserve affordable housing and many other initiatives.

•WORKFORCE, INVESTMENT ACT, which provides job training and placement for tens of thousands of New Yorkers.

TITLE FUNDING FOR EDUCATION for low income kids.

•HEAD START, which provides free childcare and educational programs for pre-school and kindergarten-aged kids.

•CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS, which provide childcare for low income families.

•WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC), which provides food assistance, healthcare referrals and nutrition education for low income women, infants and children.

PUBLIC HOUSING CAPITAL FUND, which funds major capital needs for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

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