Senate Democrats

On International Women’s Day, Republicans’ Reckless Spending Plan Puts Women’s Health At Risk

“These proposals have nothing to do with being fiscally responsible or cutting the U.S. budget deficit. Instead, these proposals would have serious consequences for women’s health in New York City and across the nation. Removing funding for women’s health clinics through these proposals would likely increase the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, increase the number of women with cervical and breast cancers who are not diagnosed until the cancers are in late stages, and increase unintended pregnancies among women.” – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

The Republican spending plan makes draconian cuts to programs critical to the health and success of girls and women:

Democrats want to cut spending by targeting waste and excess, not slashing programs that create jobs or keep our communities safe and healthy. Unfortunately, on the centennial of International Women’s Day, Republicans are pushing an extreme spending plan that guts investments in prenatal care, nutrition programs for pregnant women and children, and college aid for women.  Republicans should join with Democrats to cut spending in a smart, responsible way that will not put women’s health at risk.

Slashes $50 million for Prenatal Care. Republicans reduce funding for the Title V Maternal & Child Health Block Grant, a program providing critical services to 2.5 million women and 31 million children annually.

Cuts Nutrition Programs for Pregnant Women and Children by $747 million. The cuts jeopardize nutritious food, counseling, and other supports to 9.6 million pregnant women, new mothers, and infants.

Slashes $1.1 billion to Head Start and Child Care. The Republican cuts would cause 218,000 children to be kicked out of Head Start, with an additional 336,000 children losing child care opportunities, thus reducing social and educational supports for mothers.

Cuts Pell Grants for Women. Republicans cut the maximum Pell grant by $800, thus making it more difficult for women to access affordable higher education.

Terminates Funds to Promote Educational Equality Among Women and Girls, The elimination of the Women’s Educational Equity program will impact efforts to ensure schools comply with Title IX, the law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs.

Slashes Funding for Job Training for Women. Republicans cut funding for critical training programs by $4 billion, thus making it more difficult for women to secure employment services this year.

Terminates Programs Providing Preventive Services for More than Five Million Women. Republicans eliminates Title X Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Planned Parenthood, programs providing breast and cervical cancer screenings, family planning and other critical services.