Sequestration in Maine

The Maine Children’s Alliance is a member of the New England Consortium (NEC), a six-state collaborative of child research and policy organizations working to advance policies to reduce poverty and build opportunity for children and families. NEC members continue to educate our national leaders and the public about the devastating impact sequestration would have on children and families. Sequestration is a group of automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts scheduled to begin March 1, 2013. These cuts are evenly split between defense spending and discretionary domestic spending.

Yesterday, the White House released state-by-state reports on the impact the sequestration will have on children and families across the country if a compromise is not reached before the March 1st deadline. For example, the projected automatic cuts to Head Start would mean that 300 fewer Maine children would have access to important services. This is not the direction we should be going in terms of providing access to quality early childhood education.

NEC and MCA will continue to talk to policy makers and the public about the impact of indiscriminate, across the board spending cuts on our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. If you want Congress to avoid these cuts, please reach out to Maine’s Congressional leaders and ask them to find a compromise.Earlier this month, NEC members sent letters to New England’s Congressional Delegation, including Senators King and Collins and Representatives Michaud and Pingree, asking them to support solutions that are balanced; that do not rely on cuts alone to achieve deficit reduction; that encourage job and wage growth, reduce income inequality; and, most of all, that keep families out of poverty.

To contact your Congressional leaders about sequestration, phone or email them today using the information below.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2523
Fax: (202) 224-2693

U.S. Senator Angus King
188 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5344
Fax: (202) 224-1946

U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree
1318 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6116
Fax; (202) 225-5590

U.S. Representative Mike Michaud
1724 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6306
Fax: (202) 225-2943

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