Middle-Class Connecticut Residents Will Pay the Price Otherwise


WASHINGTON, DC –On the heels of a new report released by the Obama Administration detailing the impact of cuts scheduled to hit Connecticut Friday, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) renewed her call for House Republicans to take swift action on a balanced plan to stop these automatic spending cuts that would threaten our economy as well as a range of vital services for children, seniors, small businesses, and our men and women in uniform.   


Last week DeLauro issued her own report detailing the cumulative cuts to labor, health and education programs over the past 10 years and those in place for future years, as well as how badly these critical services will continue to suffer due to the cuts scheduled to occur on Friday.


“The Obama Administration has reminded us of the damage to our fragile economy and to the safety and security of families in Connecticut that the drastic, indiscriminate, across-the-board, automatic spending cuts that start Friday will cause.  Whether it is children in school, hungry seniors, college students struggling to pay for college, people looking for a job, or women who are the victims of violence, or our public safety and health,  this report details the damaging impact these cuts will have on people in Connecticut.   Families across the state cannot afford another self-inflicted wound from Washington.


“As I made clear last week, substantial cuts have already been made to services critical to the nation’s well-being. We should be bolstering programs that provide job training, access to higher education and mental health services, not cutting into them further and harming Connecticut families.


“With every passing day, thousands of jobs are at risk, the security of middle class families hang in the balance, and the safety of neighborhoods across Connecticut are in jeopardy.  Our nation’s economy cannot afford any further uncertainty, obstruction, and delay.  Too much is at stake.”


•          Teachers and Schools:  Connecticut will lose approximately $8.7 million for primary and secondary education, resulting in approximately 8,000 disadvantaged students losing access to education services and putting around 120 teacher and aide jobs at risk. 

•          Education for Children with Disabilities: Connecticut will lose approximately $6.3 million for about 80 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.


•          College Aid and Work-Study Jobs: Around 550 fewer low income students in Connecticut would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 470 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.


•          Head Start and Early Head Start: Approximately 500 children in Connecticut will lose access to critical early education services.


•          Military Readiness: In Connecticut approximately 3,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $15 million in total. 


•          Job Search Assistance:  Around 10,650 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment as Connecticut will lose about $242,000 for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning.


•          Child Care: Up to 200 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.


•          Vaccines for Children: In Connecticut around 1,570 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations. 


•          Violence Against Women Grants: Connecticut could lose up to $76,000 to provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 300 fewer victims being served. 


•          Nutrition for Seniors: Connecticut would lose approximately $201,000 to help provide meals for seniors.