Save the Children Statement on Congressional Budget Cuts

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Save the Children Urges Congress to Support Children in US, Globally

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Lane Hartill, 202-640-6608 (W), 202-294-9700 (M)

WESTPORT, Conn. (April 20, 2011) — Save the Children thanks our champions who fought back many of the deep cuts to education programs that would have caused irreparable damage to American children by decimating proven programs such as Head Start and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

We also express our deep appreciation for those who stood up for the most vulnerable children around the world — children whose lives are saved everyday by simple treatments for pneumonia and diarrhea that cost almost nothing. Without America’s help, they don’t have a chance.

While international assistance is an easy political target to cut, an 11 percent reduction in the international affairs budget, which amounts to less than 1 percent of the entire federal budget, does virtually nothing to impact our debt. Its main impact is to reduce the effectiveness of programs that promote security, stability, and economic development aboard.

Save the Children knows that the US faces critical budget decisions as it moves toward reducing its debt and spending money in the most cost effective way to keep America safe and grow our economy. Being responsible for our future generations means not just reducing the deficit, but also making critical investments in children at home and abroad that give them a better chance in life today and create a better world for them tomorrow.

As Congress begins to craft a FY2012 budget, we urge them to do what’s right for children. Disproportionate cuts not only hurt children today, they put our future at risk and move America further away from its values.

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