December 22, 2005--Yesterday, with a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Cheney, the Senate voted 51-50 to support a budget bill that slashes assistance for some of the most vulnerable people in America –abused and neglected children; single mothers trying to collect child support; people with severe disabilities; families lacking health insurance; the elderly and others. The bill also puts victims of domestic violence and their children at grave risk. Now the vote moves to the House, where we have one last chance to stop it before it becomes law. Many people don’t realize that two-thirds of welfare recipients are victims of domestic violence – they rely on welfare assistance to escape the abuse and rebuild their lives. But the welfare reforms in this budget bill, including marriage promotion programs, increased work requirements and inadequate funding for child care – will mean that women will be forced into programs that encourage them to stay with their abusers, their children will be left in unsafe circumstances while their mothers work, and the mothers will not be able to get the education they need to rebuild their lives. (Excerpt from Stop Family Violence's Website)
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To find out how this budget bill affects low-income people and ultimately victims of domestic violence, visit the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities at www.cbpp.org.
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