The National Republican Congressional Committee wants you to know a Democrat in a congressional district they consider winnable for Republicans had the audacity to vote against Head Start. From a campaign mailer this afternoon:
Today, Julia Brownley turned her back on the million-plus low-income women and children who are enrolled in Head Start programs across the country. Brownley voted against legislation that would provide immediate funding for Head Start to ensure that women and children across the country would be able to continue participating in the program that provides crucial health, education, nutrition and social services to families.
“Julia Brownley’s vote against low-income women and children in California is shameful, and she owes the millions of participants in this crucial program an explanation for why she thinks it’s acceptable to cut their funding due to petty partisan politics,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek.
Julia Brownley Voted Against H.J. Res 84, the Head Start for Low-Income Children Act. (H.J. Res 84, Roll Call #530, 10/8/13)
H.J. Res 84 Would Provide Funding for the Head Start Program Which Provides Crucial Health and Education Services to Familes. “Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services.” (“Head Start Services,” the Office of Head Start, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)
In Fiscal Year 2011-2012, Head Start Programs Served 1,142,000 Children Aged Birth To 5 Years Old, As Well As Pregnant Women Throughout The Country. (“Head Start Program Facts Fiscal Year 2012”, the Office of Head Start, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)
House Republicans have passed nearly a dozen bills since the partial government shutdown restoring everything from parks funding to the NIH. Hardly the “anarchists” known communist (joke!) Harry Reid called them. The partial government shutdown started in part due to a desire to defund and delay Obamacare. Based on the first week, it looks Obamacare is doing that on its own just fine. Instead, Republicans have spent the week going on record on the things they don’t want to see cut. So with the federal government spending about twice what it brings in, what exactly are Republicans prepared to fight to cut? Or is it all about “winning” the government shutdown to make your side look better, with profligate spending planned until further notice either way? In that case, what would stop Republicans from giving in to Democrats if they took the Nation’s advice on budget demands?
Oh, and as for Head Start, it doesn’t really work.