Comments on: Pawlenty calls Tea Party push for more cuts “good news” http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2011/02/10/pawlenty-calls-tea-party-push-for-more-cuts-good-news/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Infiltrator http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2011/02/10/pawlenty-calls-tea-party-push-for-more-cuts-good-news/comment-page-1/#comment-413469 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:31:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=33329#comment-413469 Republicans have a preoccupation with cutting programs that affect women and their children. They are proposing cutting $758 million from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which amounts to about a 6 percent cut to a program providing food assistance to low-income women and their infants.
They are cutting $210 million from Maternal and Child Health Block Grants, which amounts to about a 33 percent cut in a program giving low-income pregnant women, mothers and their children access to health care.
They are cutting $27 million from the Poison Control Center, which would essentially eliminate a program supporting local poison control centers and funding a hotline directing residents to their local poison control office, despite the fact that poisoning disproportionately affects children, with half the exposures at the National Poison Control Center last year occurring to children younger than six.
Republicans want to cut $1.1 billion from community health centers. In 2008, about one-third of community health center patients were children.
Good news for Tim Pawlenty. Look at him smile.
These cuts will do absolutely nothing but have extremely detrimental effects on those who need the targeted programs the most. They don’t even add up to 1% of the federal budget. This shows the callousness of the GOP’s approach to budgeting, which leaves huge parts of the federal budget like the Pentagon immune to cuts while taking an axe to non-defense discretionary spending that serves far more people, and does far more for them.

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By: varela http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2011/02/10/pawlenty-calls-tea-party-push-for-more-cuts-good-news/comment-page-1/#comment-413468 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:28:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=33329#comment-413468 I like the article David, especially the sarcasm at the end.

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