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We’ve had enough.

For the third year in a row, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has proposed a plan that balances the federal budget on the backs of women and families.

The Ryan budget is an unfair and irresponsible plan that would undermine key programs women and families count on — while giving tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations.

Action is needed now! The House of Representatives could vote as early as tomorrow on the Ryan budget. Tell your Representative to vote NO on the Ryan Budget.

Wondering if you should take action? Think about this.

Ryan’s budget would:

  • Deny millions of women and families access to affordable health insurance by repealing the Affordable Care Act.
  • Significantly cut funding for programs like child care assistance and Head Start, which help women work and children learn.
  • Undermine core safety net programs that women count on by slashing Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps) and turning them into block grants.
  • Slash funding for K-12 education, Pell Grants, job training, and domestic violence prevention.

And, to add insult to injury, Ryan’s budget would, at the same time:

Time is running out! Please urge your Representative to vote NO on the Ryan budget.

Thank you for all you do for women and families.


Joan Entmacher
Vice President for Family Economic Security
National Women’s Law Center
  Judy Waxman
Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights
National Women’s Law Center
  Helen Blank
Director of Child Care and Early Learning
National Women’s Law Center

Presidential Citizens Medal 2012 —

Patience Lehrman (Philadelphia, PA)
Lehrman is an immigrant from Cameroon and the National Director of Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders), an immigrant integration initiative at the Intergenerational Center of Temple University. SHINE partners with 18 institutions of higher learning, community-based organizations, and county and city governments across the country. SHINE engages college students and older adults to provide language and health education, citizenship and civic participation lessons to immigrant communities. Lehrman also mentors inner-city high school students, provides free meals to low-income children in the summer and serves as an election official. She holds three Masters Degrees from Temple University.

Jeanne Manford (New York, NY)
Manford and her husband, Jules, co-founded in 1972 a support group for parents of gay children that grew into the national organization known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Manford had always supported her son Morty, but was inspired to act after the police failed to intervene while Morty was beaten and hospitalized during a Gay Activists Alliance demonstration in April 1972. In the years that followed, Manford continued to march and organize, even after losing Morty to AIDS in 1992. Today, PFLAG focuses on creating a network of support and advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Manford passed away in early January at the age of 92.

Maria Gomez (Washington, DC)
Gomez founded, Mary’s Center 25 years ago with the mission to build better futures through the delivery of health care, family literacy and job training. Mary’s Center is part of the working group launching First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Read Let’s Move Campaign.” Prior to establishing Mary’s Center, Maria was a public health nurse with the D.C. Department of Health. She has also worked for the Red Cross, directing community education programming and disaster services, and with the Visiting Nurses Association. She currently serves as Regional Representative for the South East to the National Council of la Raza, and previously served two terms on the board of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington.

Terry Shima (Gaithersburg, MD)
Shima was drafted into the US Army on October 12, 1944 as a replacement for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. This unit was composed of Japanese Americans who volunteered for combat duty. In November 2011, the US Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the 442nd RCT, the 100th Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service. Shima served as Executive Director of the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA), a nonprofit organization that publicizes and assists Japanese American military veterans and their families, from 2004 to 2012 and is now chair of its Outreach and Education Committee.

Michael Dorman (Fuquay-Varina, NC)
Dorman is the founder and executive director of Military Missions in Action, a North Carolina-based non-profit that helps veterans with disabilities, both physical and mental, achieve independent living. All veterans who have served are eligible to receive services including home modification, rehabilitation and family assistance. Since 2008, the organization has completed more than 100 home modification projects and shipped thousands care packages to soldiers.

Janice Jackson (Baltimore, MD)
Jackson is the creator and program director of Women Embracing Abilities Now, (W.E.A.N.) a nonprofit mentoring organization servicing women and young ladies with varying degrees of disabilities. She is also a professor at The University of Baltimore. Jackson has actively advocated on behalf of people with disabilities and currently serves on the board of directors for The League for People with Disabilities, the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore, and The Image Center of Maryland. She also serves on the Community Advisory Council at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and is a counselor at Kernan Rehabilitation Center. She has also founded two support groups, We Are Able People (W.R.A.P.) and Women On Wheels & Walking (W.O.W.W.).

Mary Jo Copeland (Minneapolis, MN)
Copeland founded Sharing and Caring Hands in 1985, which has served as a safety net to those in the Minneapolis area through the provision of food, clothing, shelter, transportation, medical and dental assistance. Sharing and Caring Hands assists thousands of people a month, and is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. Copeland, who currently receives no salary for her work, has served as its director since its opening and still greets every client entering the center and conducts intake interviews.

Adam Burke (Jacksonville, FL)
Burke is an Iraq combat veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart which he received for injuries occurred by a mortar attack while running combat operation in Iraq. In 2009 he opened “Veterans Farm,” a 19 acre handicap-accessible farm that helps teach veterans of all ages how to make a living from the find healing in the land. He has been awarded numerous accolades for his work, including the 2011 Good Person of the Year award from the Good People Foundation and the Star of Honor from Work Vessels for Veterans.

Pamela Green Jackson (Albany, GA)
Green Jackson is the Founder and CEO of the Youth Becoming Healthy Project (YBH), a non-profit organization committed to reducing the epidemic of childhood obesity through nutrition, fitness education and physical activity programs. YBH was created in memory of Pamela Green Jackson’s only brother, Bernard Green, who died in 2004 from obesity-related illnesses. YBH provides resources for during and after school wellness programs for elementary and middle school students as well as a summer wellness camp where the students learn about exercise, nutrition and can participate in martial arts, walking club and dance programs.

Billy Mills (Fair Oaks, California)
Mills co-founded and serves as the spokesman for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, an organization that supports cultural programs and provides health and housing assistance for Native American communities. Mills gained prominence during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, when he unexpectedly won a Gold Medal in the 10,000 meter run. Today, he remains the only American to ever win this event. At the time Mills competed in the Olympics, he was a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After the Olympics, Mills, an Oglala Lakota, was made a warrior by his tribe. In 1986, Mills and Eugene Krizek, president of Christian Relief Services, joined forces to found Running Strong.

Harris Wofford (Washington, DC)
Wofford served as a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1995, and from then to 2001 was the chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. From 1970 to 1978 he served as the fifth president of Bryn Mawr College. He is a noted advocate of national service and volunteering. He began his public service career as counsel to the Rev.Theodore Hesburgh on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and was an early supporter of the Civil Rights movement in the South in the late 1950s. He became a volunteer advisor and friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1961, Kennedy appointed him as special assistant to the President for civil rights. He was instrumental in the formation of the Peace Corps and served as the Peace Corps’ special representative to Africa and director of operations in Ethiopia. On his return to Washington in 1964, he was appointed associate director of the Peace Corps. In 1966 he became the founding president o…

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton (Boston, MA)
Brazelton is one of the foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development as well as an author, and professor. One of Brazelton’s best known achievements was the development of the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), which is now used worldwide to recognize the physical and neurological responses of newborns, as well as emotional well-being and individual differences. In 1993, he founded the Brazelton Touchpoints Center® (BTC) at Boston Children’s Hospital where he continues to promote strengths-based, family-centered care in pediatric and early education settings around the world.

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What do you believe in?
Whether for our families or our country, we believe in making responsible and balanced budget decisions. We believe in making sure the wealthiest Americans and corporations pay their fair share. And we believe in protecting the programs and services that millions of vulnerable women and their families count on.
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There were key developments on the federal budget this week.
The House and Senate each released its own budget for FY2014. They could not be more different. The House budget slashes critical services for vulnerable families while the Senate invests in early childhood programs, protects programs vital to women and families, and advances tax fairness.
Here’s what you need to know.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan‘s budget would:

  • Give massive tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and corporations by lowering the top individual and corporate tax rate to 25 percent.
  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act — denying millions of women and families access to affordable health insurance.
  • Dramatically cut funding for programs like Head Start and child care assistance, which help women work and children learn.
  • Dismantle core safety net programs by turning Medicaid and SNAP (Food Stamps) into block grants.
  • Cut funding for K-12 education, Pell Grants, job training, and domestic violence prevention.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray’s budget would:

  • Increase investments in early learning and home visiting programs, giving more children access to the prekindergarten, child care, Head Start and Early Head Start opportunities.
  • Protect Social Security and core safety net programs.
  • Permanently extend the improvements in the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit that lift millions of women and children out of poverty.
  • Expand access to affordable health insurance and preventive care services by continuing to implement the Affordable Care Act.
  • Close corporate tax loopholes and limit unfair tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.

Two budgets. Two visions. We need to speak up for the vision that puts women and their families first.
Please join us in support of fair budgets by sharing our button today.
Thanks for all your support!

Joan Entmacher Vice President for Family Economic Security National Women’s Law Center    Judy Waxman Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights National Women’s Law Center     Helen Blank Director of Child Care and Early Learning National Women’s Law Center    

P.S. For more information about what’s happening with the House and Senate budgets, please check out NWLC’s latest resources.

BUDGET:Paul Ryan’s Path To The Poorhouse

Repost from 2011

Writing in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled the Republican budget plan that he calls the “Path to Prosperity,” a plan that “would privatize Medicare for future retirees, cut spending on Medicaid and other domestic programs, and offer sharply lower tax rates to corporations and the wealthy.” Right-wing pundits in corporate media immediately offered plaudits. CNN contributor Erick Erickson praised the “Gospel” of Paul Ryan as a “solid proposal of solid reform.” New York Times columnist David Brooks says that Ryan’s “courageous” “leadership” “will set the standard of seriousness.” Reuters columnist James Pethokoukis thinks the plan is the “most important and necessary piece of economic legislation since President Ronald Reagan‘s tax cuts in 1981.” But Ryan’s plan doesn’t ask the most well-off Americans or the country’s corporate titans to make any sacrifice, instead leaving the burden of deficit and debt reduction on the middle class, seniors, and a “shrunken public sector.” “The GOP’s budget breaks the fundamental promise of this country: That if you work hard and play by the rules, you can take care of your family and retire with dignity and peace of mind,” Health Care For America Now’s Melinda Gibson says. The budget plan “would get about two-thirds of its more than $4 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years from programs that serve people of limited means,” an analysis from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities found.

RYAN’S MIDDLE-CLASS TAX HIKE: Ryan uses boilerplate language and topline bullet points to obscure an important fact: his plan would almost certainly raise taxes on most middle-income Americans even as it slashes taxes for the wealthiest. For Ryan to cut the top rate by nearly one-third and still keep revenue the same as it would have been under the Bush tax cuts regime, he has to raise taxes somewhere else. “And though he pointedly refuses to tell us where those tax hikes will come from, we can make an educated guess,” Michael Linden, Associate Director of Tax and Budget Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, writes. “The rate cut at the top, of course, benefits only those in the top brackets (the richest two percent of Americans), but to pay for it, Ryan says he will ‘broaden the tax base.’ Broadening the tax base means removing some tax expenditures that currently benefit the middle class.” Ryan’s vagueness is probably deliberate, “since any detailed description of his ideas for tax ‘reform’ would reveal a massive tax hike for the middle class.” What about Ryan’s estimates of booming economic prosperity, including taking “unemployment rate down to 4% by 2015”? He is relying on the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis, which used the same “megalomaniacal” methods to promise us that George W. Bush’s tax policies would lead the country into a brave new era of prosperity. Heritage claimed Bush’s tax cuts would create millions of jobs when in fact payroll employment was back down to 2001 levels in 2009, that they would boost tax revenue when in fact it led to record deficits, and they promised a surge in personal income when in fact the country got the worst income performance ever. “If you believe George W. Bush unleashed an unprecedented economic boom with great jobs performance, rising incomes, and the paying off of the national debt then you’ll find a lot to like about Rep. Ryan’s plan,” CAP’s Matt Yglesias writes.

RYAN ATTACKS SENIORS AND FAMILIES: The Ryan budget plan would, quite simply, put an end to our current healthcare system, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and replacing Medicare and Medicaid with private systems that provide less care at a higher cost. The plan’s repeal of the Obama health care legislation means 32 million people are likely to lose their health insurance coverage. The Ryan budget “phases out Medicare over 10 years,” Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall explains. “Ryan’s extremist plan would decimate Medicare and Medicaid and terminate the Affordable Care Act, undermining the economic security of America’s struggling middle class.” “Republicans want to roll back the clock” by “ending Medicare and screwing over seniors,” Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen writes. “The plan shows Medicaid cuts of $771 billion, plus savings of $1.4 trillion from repealing the health reform law’s Medicaid expansion and its subsidies to help low- and moderate-income people purchase health insurance,” the CBPP explains. Ryan’s plan is a “radically ambitious plan to roll back the Great Society and fundamentally transform how the United States takes care of its poor, sick and elderly,” Salon’s Andrew Leonard summarizes. “The wealthiest Americans and corporations are getting tax breaks while healthcare for the most vulnerable Americans is under assault,” Leonard added. “Dismantling Medicare while giving bonus tax breaks to the very wealthiest in America is what may pass for bold in Washington, but in Oregon it is unacceptable,” says Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). “Paul Ryan made clear that the Republican budget will protect Big Oil companies subsidies over seniors health care,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “It’s already becoming clear who will be the priority in the House Republican budget — special interests, not middle class families.”

RYAN ATTACKS EDUCATION: The budget lays out little in terms of cuts to specific programs, instead simply decreeing caps on levels of spending. But one cut is explicitly proposed in the document — a cut to the Pell Grant program, which provides college tuition assistance to low-income students. If implemented, this would be the largest reduction in Pell Grants in history, more than eight times higher than the previous record, which was a $100 reduction in the maximum award in 1994. These cuts “will reduce the number of low income students receiving Bachelor’s degrees each year by about 61,000.” “It’s obviously pretty drastic, and the impact on Pell is dire,” says Becky Timmons, assistant vice president for government relations at the American Council on Education. Pell Grants are key to the country’s economic competitiveness and to boosting an educational attainment rate that has stagnated. Cutting them in this way provides little in terms of real budgetary savings, but undermines economic competitiveness and the nation’s supply of human capital

Center for American Progress

A Victory for Tax Fairness:

National Women's Law Center - Don't Discount Women: Demand Fair Change Not Spare Change
Did your Senators do the right thing?
                Find out how your Senators voted on ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent. And send them a quick message!
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The Senate voted 51 to 48 to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans. Ending these tax cuts would save $1 trillion over the next 10 years and help protect programs that are critical to women at every stage of their lives.
While some Senators did the right thing, others did not. Take two minutes to find out how your Senators voted and send them a message.
Our advocacy isn’t done when the vote is tallied. We need to make sure your Senators know that you are watching their votes because this issue will come up again.
We can’t afford to give even more tax breaks to those who need them least when so many women and families are struggling just to make ends meet. Ending the Bush-era tax cuts on income above $250,000 would help protect programs like child care, Pell Grants, Head Start, Medicaid, and Title X family planning services.
Please hold your Senators accountable by sending them a quick message.
Want to do more?
Next week the House of Representatives will be voting on this very same issue. Let’s help continue the pressure by calling your Representative today at 1-888-744-9958 and say that it’s time for the richest Americans to pay their fair share: we need to end the Bush tax cuts on income over $250,000.
Your calls and emails are making a difference! Thanks again — and keep it up!

Joan Entmacher Joan Entmacher Vice President, Family Economic Security National Women’s Law Center   

P.S. Remember that next week the House is voting on this same issue. So please get ready to make a quick call in support of ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent.