We are now in day 8 of the federal government shutdown. Many education, income and health services benefiting children and families have been affected by cuts to programs or furloughs of important governmental staff.
Large and small businesses, the workforce (especially federal workers), people who rely on public and privately-funded social services, and communities at-large, are being harmed by the shutdown. Already 800,000 public servants are at home without pay. Twenty-three Head Start programs did not receive their new grant on October 1 because new grant funds cannot be processed during a shutdown.
Other programs, such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and senior meal delivery services, will continue for a short period of time, but have a short window before funds will run out and services will stop. The longer the shutdown continues, the more people and communities’ economic security will be damaged.
This Wednesday, United Way leaders from across the country will be on Capitol Hill bringing the message that congressional leaders must reach across the aisle, come together and end the government shutdown. While they do not have a position on how the government shutdown gets resolved, they will be calling on Congress and the Administration to turn to the normal processes our government has for resolving these issues.
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