"New ‘Gang of Moderates’ cuts target women and children again."
Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that a list of items the so-called “centrist” Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) have proposed cutting from the economic recovery package would disproportionately affect women and children. These cuts included $150 million to the Violence Against Women Act and $1.1 billion to Head Start. Today, Greg Sargent posts an internal Senate memo detailing the newest cuts that the so-called “Gang of Moderates” — led by Collins and Nelson — is proposing. Once again, the eliminations and reductions are going toward programs that assist women and children:
Head Start, Education for the Disadvantaged, School improvement, Child Nutrition, Firefighters, Transportation Security Administration, Coast Guard, Prisons, COPS Hiring, Violence Against Women, NASA, NSF, Western Area Power Administration, CDC, Food Stamps
Public Transit $3.4 billion, School Construction $60 billion
The increases the Gang wants? Funds for Brownfields, STAG Grants, transportation, and of course, defense.