"The Fiscal Year 2018 budget released today by the White House disproportionately harms children. The cuts included in this budget to programs like Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and tax credits for low-income families are so wide-reaching and extreme that the programs would be unable to function as safety nets at all, leaving millions of individuals, including children, without any option for vital services like health care and nutrition.
"After years of systematic federal budget cuts to children's programs, this budget further erodes key investments in an array of programs that we know work for children—such as anti-poverty programs, pediatric research initiatives, key nutrition programs, pediatric environmental health initiatives, healthcare for the neediest children, and assistance for children with severe disabilities—and recommends the full elimination of programs that have had resounding bipartisan support for decades and made a real difference in children's lives.
"The American Academy of Pediatrics rejects any proposal that would roll back progress for children and leave vulnerable families worse off, and that's exactly what the President's Fiscal Year 2018 budget would do. When it comes to federal spending decisions, the American Academy of Pediatrics' message to the White House and Congress is clear: put children first."
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