For Immediate Release
Cindy Hoffman: 202 524 5330
STATEMENT BY YWCA USA INTERIM CEO CASEY HARDEN
“The FY2018 budget blueprint released by Speaker Ryan is like a bad dream for millions of Americans. This budget, like the president’s budget, includes massive cuts to student aid, SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, Medicare and disability aid. We strongly oppose any budget that does not include sufficient funding to help women and families meet basic living standards such as education, health, nutrition, child care, housing, and domestic violence services.
“We are calling on all Members of Congress to stand up for the people they represent and pass a federal budget that strengthens communities, and bolsters safety and economic advancement for women and people of color. We must ensure that children do not go hungry and families are not without housing rather than cutting funds that help meet baseline human needs. We must expand access to healthcare rather than cutting Medicaid and barring women from receiving reproductive health services. We must support survivors of gender-based violence rather than slashing funds for legal services and community development grants. We must promote equity for communities of color, immigrant communities, and other marginalized groups. We can accomplish this, in part, through a fair and reasonable federal budget.”
About YWCA USA
YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.
YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more: www.ywca.org.