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Wasserman Schultz says sequester hurting poor kids and seniors



U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, held a presser today at the National Council of La Raza in Miami to highlight how the sequester is hurting the poor in Florida.

"Because of these across the board cuts Florida is looking at losing 750 teachers," she said, and Head Start "will likely have to serve 1,200 fewer children across Florida." Wasserman Schultz mentionned that some Head Start programs have shut down -- she didn't immediately know whether that included any in Florida.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released data Monday showing that Head Start will be cut for about 57,000 children nationwide including about 1,200. Before the sequester took effect, the feds estimated that up to 70,000 children could lose access.

HHS has not yet answered specific questions as to whether this means 57,000 children have been kicked out or whether that refers to slots in the coming year. 

Wasserman Schultz didn't offer very many specific ideas about how to reduce the deficit to cancel the sequester other than ending tax loopholes for big corporations.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 2:26pm]


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