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Money for War but not America’s Poor

The House on Friday passed legislation that authorizes the Pentagon to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this budget year, and this without debate.

Meanwhile, increasing millions of Americans are currently living in “deep poverty”, with unemployment is soaring.

To make matters worse, the Federal government has made welfare cuts leaving U.S. States with an average of 15 percent less federal funding for the coming year to help an ever-increasing number of needy families.

TANF, the federal program that replaced welfare under the Clinton Administration, provides a lifeline for families and workers who have exhausted all of their unemployment benefits. According to a new report by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, “more homeless families will go without shelter, fewer low-wage workers will receive help with child care expenses, and fewer families involved with the child welfare system will receive preventive services” now that Congress has passed legislation that will end funding for the TANF Contingency Fund in 2011.

Congress also failed to reauthorize an emergency fund for a subsidized job program that would have allowed states to provide emergency help to needy families and place low-income people in subsidized jobs.

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