Attacks on women’s reproductive rights were only the beginning in House Republicans’ war on women. Now they are attacking women’s economic security. The House-passed GOP budget targets poor women and their families, from gutting programs that help low-income children receive nutrition and educational opportunities to cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which primarily helps women, children, the disabled, and the elderly. And proposed Medicaid cuts would hurt women and families supporting elderly loved ones in nursing homes and people who rely on Medicaid for preventive health services.
Despite claims that the budget “empower[s] individuals with greater control over their futures,” the Republican budget written by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) does the opposite. As CAP’s Katie Wright explains, “By choking off opportunity for women and children of all ages, the budget leaves poor women to fend for themselves and puts the American Dream further out of reach.”
Here’s a chart that outlines how the GOP’s war on women’s economic security hits women at every stage of life: