Statement on the Effect of Bush Budget on Hispanics
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Congressional
Democrats to release a report highlighting the negative effect of
the Bush Administration's budget proposal on Hispanic priorities:
you for being here as we release this very critical report. Critical
in that it is important and it makes a difference in people's lives
in the Hispanic community, but it is also critical of the Bush Administration
in that it points out how the Bush Administration shortchanges the
are fighting every day for the issues Hispanics care about: jobs
and growing the economy, education, health care, civil rights, immigration
and national security. Those commitments are embodied in the Democratic
Hispanic Agenda - the Compromiso Democrata con el Pueblo Latino
- and it is great to be with so many Hispanic leaders today as we
continue to fight for that agenda.
America, families are working hard to achieve the American dream
- a good job, the best education for their children, and a secure
retirement. Unfortunately, as the report we are releasing today
documents, President Bushs budget takes us in the wrong direction.
is the key to success and the best investment we can make, but President
Bushs budget underfunds his own No Child Left Behind bill
by $9.4 billion and it underfunds Head Start and dropout prevention
programs as well. Head Start helps more than 270,000 Hispanic children
enter school ready to learn, and we should be expanding it to help
the children of migrant and seasonal working families, not undermining
budget cuts funding for Perkins Loans for low-income students by
$100 million. It freezes funding for Pell Grants -- both programs
open the door to a college education for thousands of Hispanic students
budget cuts funding for the Office of Minority Health by 15 percent,
despite wide minority health disparities. And it slashes funding
for the loan programs that help the hundreds of thousands of Hispanic-owned
small businesses grow.
simply has the wrong priorities. Instead of providing Hispanic Americans
with an opportunity to achieve the American dream, he is mortgaging
their future on irresponsible tax cuts for those who need it least.
are fighting against the Presidents distorted priorities.
We are committed to building an America that helps Hispanic families
create a better future for their children.
themes are opportunity, responsibility and community. The President's
budget undermines opportunity, evades responsibility and destroys
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