President's Proposed Budget Cuts Raise Alarm on Future of Mothers and Children in the U.S., Abroad

Washington, D.C. (February 28, 2017) — Ahead of President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress tonight, Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network today expressed alarm over news reports that the President will propose massive budget cuts to development and humanitarian assistance and domestic programs that will have disastrous impacts on the health, education and safety of mothers and children at home and abroad.

"With strong U.S. leadership, in the last 25 years, the world has seen a 50 percent decline in the number of children dying around the world from things like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. We must continue this progress, not roll it back," said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. "At less than 1 percent of the federal budget, these cuts will do virtually nothing to close the large budget deficit and will be catastrophic for the world’s poor."

"President Trump campaigned on keeping Americans safe," said Miles. "Unfortunately, cuts to development and humanitarian assistance programs will do the opposite. Health, nutrition, education and other programs help create stronger communities – building goodwill for the United States. This is the kind of diplomacy that can help prevent conflict in the first place. At a time of looming famine in parts of Africa and continued conflict in the Middle East, the international affairs budget must keep pace with these growing needs for American leadership and assistance. As many of our country’s military leaders are telling us, it is neither right nor smart to turn away from the rest of the world."

In addition to cuts to diplomacy and development assistance programs, President Trump’s proposed budget will likely devastate domestic early childhood education programs, such as Head Start.

"Head Start is a cornerstone in America’s effort to provide comprehensive early care and education to our poorest children. We must protect its funding in order to ensure kids across the country can continue to receive a strong start in life," said Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network. "Head Start is already woefully underfunded. Any new cuts would make the program out of reach for many more children living in poverty. I urge President Trump and Congress to prioritize funding for high-quality early learning and child care programs that reach kids living in poverty during the most critical stages of their development."

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