As debt ceiling negotiations intensify, the Obama Administration reaffirmed twice this week that it remains committed to children’s issues. This morning, Melody Barnes, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, highlighted some of the Administration’s accomplishments with respect to children’s programs. While cuts to children’s programs including Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, and other programs that serve vulnerable children and families remain on the chopping block, it is positive to hear that this Administration recognizes the value of these programs and the role they play in the lives of low-income children and families.
Yesterday, while meeting with religious leaders, President Obama expressed his goal of reducing the federal deficit without harming those most in need, stating that “low income people–the vulnerable–need to be protected in these debates about the budget and the deficit.” He also specifically expressed his concern for Medicaid.
As Congress and the Administration wrap up debt ceiling negotiations, they must be reminded that “These Cuts Won’t Heal.”