At it again
House Republicans are at it again. As expected, the GOP is putting the interests of corporate America and 1% ahead of women, and families.
Yesterday, House Republicans approved a bill that will protect the Department of Defense at the expense of vital programs for women, children, and the neediest Americans. One fourth of all proposed GOP cuts would remove funds from Medicaid, Meals on Wheels, and other programs that protect children. And families who need help making ends meet to put food on the table? The cuts will make it harder for them too. The SNAP food stamp program would lose up to $7.7 billion in funding in the first year and $33.2 over ten years.
But it’s not just children who get the short end of the stick. While the rest of us prepare to celebrate the mothers and other important women in our lives on Sunday, the GOP continues to slash funding to women’s health programs. Cuts to funding for insurance exchanges and Medicaid would adversely affect millions of women. Cuts to State Social Services Programs (SSSP) will affect women who are victims of domestic violence. Massachusetts, for example, uses money from SSSP to fund domestic violence prevention and treatment programs.
Lucky for millions of women and families, this bill is unlikely to become law. President Obama has threatened to veto the bill, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised that the GOP bill is dead on arrival in the Senate. Still, these repeated attacks on women are troubling.
This is just another example of why we need more pro-choice Democratic women to stand with women like Lois Capps and Kathy Hochul in the House. These women are looking out for the rights, health and safety of women, children and those most vulnerable. Without their courage in battling GOP right-wing extremism, many of these cuts would have become law years ago.