December 6, 2011
Cuts in Program Ahead?
The Democratic and Republican “supercommitee” was designed to prevent slashes to the US budget. No compromise was reached ahead of the November 23 goal. This means programs in the physically/mentally challenged community could be affected.
“Because the committee was unable to enact a thoughtful, balanced and collaboratively developed deficit reduction package, we now face devastating mandatory cuts to many critical programs,” said Donna Meltzer, chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, a coalition of some 100 national disability groups.
Medicaid and Social Security programs won’t receive budget slashes. Programs in job development could be in danger. Housing programs may also be at risk.
Activists showed unity not to cut Medicaid budgets by converging on Capitol Hill. 90+ groups attended. Since no comprise was made, budget slashes of $1.2 trillion will be mandatory in January 2013.
Future for programs: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/11/28/disability-limbo-supercommittee/14512/