It's Time for the Shutdown Games to End!
“Congressional Tea Party Republicans have chosen to play games with the lives of our most vulnerable in society to score ideological political points,” said NEA director of government relations Mary Kusler. They have forced deep sequester cuts, shut down the government and are on the brink of bringing the nation’s economy to its knees. Students and senior citizens will pay the price for years to come as a result. It’s time for the games to end!
It is long past time for Congress to reverse course from the austerity approach that included slashing education across the board by 5% this year—the equivalent of cutting nearly all education programs and Head Start by roughly $3 billion. The level of cuts imposed by sequestration have already taken federal funding back to pre-2004 levels while our nation’s schools are serving nearly 6 million more students since that time.
But the sequester cuts are just the beginning. The reckless government shutdown is having an impact across the country. Students who are most in need have lost an additional 7,000 Head Start seats. Free and reduced lunch benefits are about to run out.
The actions of extreme Tea Party Republicans aren’t happening in a vacuum. These cuts aren’t just numbers—every cut and every action has a real-life consequence for our children and their families.
Contact your member of Congress and demand an end to the shutdown!