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Super committee must must prioritize Michigan children in federal deficit deal
I don’t have to look far to know families are hurting. Children are waking up without food in the house, no heat, unable to see a doctor.
The child poverty rate has been rising each year, with one in four kids now living in families earning less than $22,000 a year. So why would we want to scale back the programs that are keeping thousands of families from slipping deeper into poverty? Our children need Medicaid, Food Aid, Head Start and other critical programs that Congress is looking to cut.
I urge the 12 Congressional Super Committee members, including Michigan Reps. Dave Camp and Fred Upton, to protect our children and their futures as they develop recommendations to cut federal spending.
Yes, federal spending can be reigned in, but we can’t rebuild Michigan without healthy, educated children. Now is not the time to take help away from those hurting the most.