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Looming Budget Deadlines Threaten Safety Net

By Bridget O’Brien Swartz, CELA [1] and Morris Klein, CELA [2]

As federal budget deliberations become increasingly urgent, there are a number of issues in play:

What’s at Risk

It appears that nothing is off-limits in this volatile environment:

What This Means

The budget discussion is clearly centered on spending cuts, rather than improvements to the social safety net. If Congress repeats an all-too-familiar pattern, no action will be taken until deadlines force desperate stopgap measures—a “kick the can down the road” approach to governing.

Quality of life for people with disabilities is under siege. Cuts could threaten preventive care for children. It could become increasingly difficult for individuals with disabilities to live within the community. Special education programs could suffer.

The Special Needs Alliance calls for a balanced approach to these budget discussions so that the well-being of our most vulnerable populations is not put at risk.