Forty Members of Congress (MOC) have echoed the concerns of various children’s advocates by asking House and Senate leadership to hold children harmless in any deal to raise the debt limit. In their letter to the President, Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, and Minority Leader McConnell, they express concern for the nation’s most vulnerable citizens and explain the need to protect them in a time of crisis. The MOC also express the need to understand whether spending and revenue choices disproportionately harm or protect children.
As noted in the letter, the majority of Americans oppose balancing the budget on the backs of children and youth. Unfortunately some of the recent debts ceiling proposals have included cuts to the safety nets that many of these children depend on (including Medicaid and CHIP). Amidst attacks on the entitlements and other social safety nets, this support from MOC is certainly welcomed.