Statement on the Effect of Bush Budget on Women
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Congresswoman
Louise Slaughter, Democratic Co-Chair of the House Womens
Caucus, female firefighters, police officers and nurses, as well
as other Democratic Congresswomen at a press conference today to
talk about the devastating effect of the Bush and House Republican
budgets on women and their families. They released a letter to President
Bush comparing the President's reassuring rhetoric with the harsh
reality of his budget policies:
you to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, the co-chair of the Womens
Caucus, for that introduction and for your great leadership on this
issue. Thank you to all of the Members who are here today. As you
can see, there has been strong support in our Caucus on this issue.
More than 40 Democratic women signed the letter that we are releasing
proud to be joined by so many nurses, police officers, and firefighters
who are on the frontlines and know all too well how the Bush budget
will impact them and their communities. Thank you all for being
here today to discuss this critical issue.
months, President Bush has traveled the country meeting with small
business owners, women and men in uniform, community activists,
and parents and teachers. He has offered reassuring rhetoric about
his policies that bears little resemblance to the harsh reality
of his budget.
is that the Presidents budget hurts women small business owners,
reduces funding for child care and education, and has a disproportionate
impact on public sector employees, including nurses, firefighters
and police officers. It simply does not keep the promises he has
should be a statement of our national values. But instead of helping
families struggling to achieve financial security in this weak economy,
the President is mortgaging their future on irresponsible tax cuts
for those who need it least.
has the wrong priorities, and Democrats are fighting against them.
We are committed to building an America that helps all American
families create a better future for their children. American women
Below is the text of the letter to the President:
March 17, 2004
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Over the past
two months, you have met with small business owners, women and men
in uniform, community activists, and parents and teachers. You have
touted your accomplishments and promised to do more for American
workers and families struggling to achieve financial security in
todays uncertain economy.
But your budget
does not keep the promises you have made.
As you said
during your visit to Ohio last week, women own nearly seven million
small businesses - almost half of all small businesses nationwide.
But you did not mention that your budget cuts funding for the Small
Business Administration by $79 million - the agency that helps women-
and minority-owned small businesses grow.
You went to
Kentucky to talk about the benefits of your tax cut for working
Americans. But you did not mention that your budget squanders an
additional $1 trillion on a tax cut that provides more than 50 percent
of Americans with less than $100 this year alone, yet does nothing
to create well-paying jobs here at home for the 3.8 million women
out of work.
As you said
when speaking at a school in Maryland last month, Republicans and
Democrats came together and agreed that we need to invest more money
in education, so that children get the help they need with reading
and math. But you did not mention that your budget fails to provide
$9.4 billion in promised funding for education reforms - meaning
that 2.4 million children will not get the help with reading and
math that they were promised.
military personnel in Louisiana for their service to our country,
and promised that our nation would always be grateful for their
service. Our country has more than 1.5 million women veterans, and
thousands of wives and mothers waiting for loved ones to come home.
But you did not mention that your budget cuts funding for veterans
health care by $13 billion over five years and raises health care
costs for veterans seeing VA physicians.
you talked about the importance of affordable health care at an
event in Washington D.C., but you did not mention that your budget
includes billions for a tax credit for individual coverage that
helps only five percent of the uninsured, and Health Savings Accounts
that help only the healthy and wealthy. You provide almost no help
for the 20 million women without health insurance and millions more
who can barely afford to pay their premiums.
you can use paid actors in your campaign ads, but the decisions
you make in your budget affect real Americans - including the people
you met with in Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Louisiana, and Washington
D.C. As the budget goes to the floor of the House next week for
debate, we hope that you will set an example for the House Republican
leadership and put election-year politics aside. The only way to
make sure that all Americans who work hard have the opportunity
to get ahead is by having an honest debate on the budget. The first
step towards that debate is for you to tell the American people
the truth about the impact of your budget on working families.
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Eleanor Holmes Norton