Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm
Federal inaction with regard to debt ceiling negotiations has led to sequestration that will impact essential funds for survivors of domestic violence!
Sequestration is the process of automatic, across-the-board cuts to both defense spending and non-defense programs (such as housing, social services and transportation) that will take effect on March 1st if Congress does not determine a different course of action. Sequestration was meant to be a policy of “last resort” resulting from the failure of the Deficit Reduction Supercommittee to reach consensus on how to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next ten years.
These cuts will have severe consequences on programs that are already underfunded and serve our most vulnerable citizens. For example:
These cuts cannot stand and are again putting our country’s most vulnerable citizens at risk.
What you can do:
Call your Senators and Congressional House members TODAY and speak out against this policy that would dilute the safety net of housing and critical services for survivors of domestic violence.
Tell them that any alternate deficit reduction plan implemented in place of sequestration should not destroy the safety net of programs serving the most vulnerable by cutting non-defense discretionary spending.
The lives of the families we serve depend on it.
Find your Federal Legislator here: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials