Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ranking Member on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement today on the Committee's 2014 budget allocations. The cuts would worsen the effects of the budget cuts known as sequestration, resulting in the lowest funding levels since fiscal year 2001--before accounting for inflation and population growth.
"Budgets reflect our values; what we invest in shows what we care about. Today we once again see the values of the House Majority with the release of their funding levels for the programs that matter in Americans' lives.
"The disinvestment proposed for health, education, and labor programs reveal that the majority believes that poor people, kids, college students, sick people, the unemployed and the disabled should just fend for themselves. The majority's funding proposal would help create a permanent underclass in this country when we should be ensuring competitiveness in the global economy with robust education and training programs. The majority's funding proposal would cause research into new drugs that would improve the lives of millions to languish, literally putting their lives in the balance. The majority's funding proposal tells our most vulnerable children that they just aren't important to us and we are content to let them struggle for the rest of their lives."