Save the Children, SCAN Statements on President’s Budget Release

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White House today proposed budget cuts to critical domestic and international programs

Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2017) – Save the Children and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) today expressed alarm on the president’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, which would hurt kids across the nation and around the world by not adequately investing in their health, education, and well-being.

“The proposed cuts to foreign assistance would reverse the bipartisan progress the United States has made in helping millions of children survive and thrive around the world,” said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children. “The budget includes cuts to programs that reduce food insecurity, provide access to immunization and other critical health services for children, prevent malnutrition and stunting, provide educational opportunities to children, and reach children in dire humanitarian crises. These programs not only represent American values but help ensure children everywhere have the childhood they deserve.”

Mark Shriver, president of SCAN, said: “Thanks in part to the voices of our activists, Head Start has been spared drastic cuts like the ones proposed to so many other domestic and international accounts, but it is now vital that Congress protect funding for critical children’s programs. Just a few weeks ago, Congress sent a strong message to the White House when it passed the fiscal year 2017 spending bill with increased funding to programs like global maternal and child health and domestic early learning programs, while maintaining robust levels for other accounts like nutrition and basic education. Our organizations will now work alongside our bipartisan congressional allies to ensure funding for these critical investments is maintained and expanded.”

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