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CFI urges $15 billion for Health and Welfare Services June 30, 2008

Posted by Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy in Uncategorized.
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The Center for Inquiry has joined 425 organizations in calling on the House Appropriations Committee (chair Rep.David Obey) to increase the allocation for the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services and Labor by at least $15 billion for FY 2009.

These funds would support programs and services in education, training, disability, public health, medical research, and child welfare. The money needed for these vital social services has been cut, eroded by inflation and stretched thin by the increasing numbers of needy people. Many programs are now funded below their 2005 level–some were even cut altogether.

The President’s FY 2009 budget request deepens cuts for these programs. But they represent vital investments in our national living standards, so CFI, along with our partners and colleagues who work with and care about the health and social well being of the nation, is urging Congress to ensure that they are funded at least to the 2005 level by adding $15 billion to the budget.