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Senate Budget Vote a ‘Deep and Painful Disappointment’

The budget the U.S. Senate passed today would leave millions of working families worse off than they are right now. This vote undermines our country’s values and economy by prioritizing tax cuts for the wealthy while leaving low-income families to fend for themselves. Its $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy are indefensible, especially because they are coupled with deep, punishing cuts to food and nutrition assistance, health care, Head Start, Medicaid, early education, disaster assistance and other essential programs that boost families and our economy.
 
The Senate budget includes $4.1 trillion of cuts to entitlement programs over a decade, including cuts of $473 billion to Medicare and $653 billion to income security programs. Adding insult to injury, it leaves the door open for Congress to repeal our health care, even though voters have made clear time and again that they strongly oppose such a move.
 

Pres. Trump’s Decision to End Subsidy Payments Will Throw Our Health Care System into Chaos

Late last night, President Trump, ignoring the will of the people and the wisdom of experts, announced he would end the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing subsidies, which will hurt millions of America’s families, damage our economy, and throw our health care system into chaos. This action will raise out-of-pocket costs, deny millions of people access to affordable insurance and risk the stability of the individual health insurance market.
 
This short-sighted, petty decision will do nothing to save taxpayers money or fix any shortcomings in our health care system -- in fact, it could raise costs by as much as 20 percent and increase the federal deficit by $200 billion over ten years. Ending these payments will hurt individuals, insurers, states and our national economy. Nobody will benefit, and our country will suffer.
 

MomsRising Commends Enactment of California Juvenile Justice Bill

Yesterday, California Gov. Jerry Brown took a major step to avoid compounding penalties for struggling families by signing SB 190, which ends the collection of administrative fees from families whose children end up in the juvenile justice system.
 
Juvenile administrative fees are often devastating for youth and families. They can quickly add up to thousands of dollars and can throw struggling families further into poverty, threatening the ability of parents to care for their children when their children need them most.

Ending the collection of these punitive and often prohibitive fees will eliminate a source of sometimes grave financial harm to some of the state’s most vulnerable families, support the reentry of youth back into their homes and communities, and reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

 

 This bill is a welcome move toward a fairer justice system in California. We thank every state legislator who supported it and Gov. Brown for signing it into law.

 

#MaternalJustice Storify - Mothers, Kids and Pregnant Women in Detention

Conversation on immigration detention with the ACLU of San Diego & Women's Refugee Commission

President Trump, Once Again ‘Playing Politics with Our Health’

President Trump is once again working to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and playing politics with the health of America’s families. The heartless executive order he signed today will undo critical parts of the ACA that have made it easier for individuals to access affordable health care, jeopardizing the health and financial security of millions of Americans, and damaging our nation’s economy.
 
The order allows some health plans to skirt the ACA’s requirement that plans offer essential health benefits like maternity coverage and mental health care and puts protections for people with pre-existing conditions at risk. This move will destabilize the insurance market and make health insurance less affordable, less accessible and less comprehensive for the most vulnerable people in our society. As is so often the case, low-income women, families, people with disabilities, the elderly, and those who live in rural and medically underserved communities will suffer the most, with a compounding impact in Black, Latinx, Asian, Native American, and LGBTQ+ communities.
 

Raising Bilingual Kids is as Easy as…

When my husband and I married in 2006 we were anxious to start a family and were intent on raising our kids to be fluent in English and Spanish. We had strong ideas on how we would accomplish this, and after all, since we are both native speakers of our respective languages we figured it would be easy. We read books, talked to those with experience, and vowed our kids would speak both languages equally. They have family in America who only speak English and family in Ecuador who only speak Spanish. They had to!

Our oldest son, now 10, was immersed in Spanish. The implementation of this was easy for my husband because he was the native Spanish speaker. For me, the mom, I found it more challenging. The everyday conversations were easy. Singing to my child, comforting him, reading to him, were much harder for an exhausted first-time mom. Of course, I knew songs in Spanish and could read him books in Spanish, but it didn’t feel the same. “Mothering” him in English just felt right! At this point we moved to “dad speaks Spanish” and “mom speaks English” so he would be exposed to both languages.

Back to School (-to-prison pipeline)

 

This piece is published in partnership with Echoing Ida, a Forward Together Program.

 

Last month as the school year began, there were many memes and videos celebrating sending kids to school for parental relief.  Not all parents share that feeling. For parents of children with emotional disabilities, sending our kids to school is a dangerous exercise in Russian roulette with the school-to-prison pipeline. According to youth.gov, up to 70% of youth involved with the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

 

Military Families - Voice Your Opposition to World War III

Voice.  We all have one, it’s time we use it.  We must speak out about the injustices and dangers the Trump administration poses from attacks on our healthcare, our immigrant and LGBTQ communities, and our reproductive rights, to our disastrous foreign policy.  And it is that latter point that I want to focus on now. 
 
Since he took office, Trump has provoked North Korea, made moves to pull us out of the nuclear deal with Iran, heckled and baited our allies, thrown his Secretary of State under the bus, and shown a blatant disregard for history, alliances, diplomacy, pragmatism, and thoughtful discourse.  His actions have been so egregious that Sen. Bob Corker, a member of his own party, said Trump is driving us towards World War III.  
 
Trump’s rhetoric threatens to destabilize the entire world order. This should alarm everyone, but particularly those who put their lives on the line for the United States in military conflicts and the families that love and support them. 
 
So speak out.  Let the White House know how you feel.

UPDATE: House Passes Budget Giving Trillions to Wealthy Corporations! Easy Next Steps You Can Take

Share Your Story!

Over the past few weeks, MomsRising.org members have taken action and signed our letters to the U.S. Congress telling them to protect moms, kids, and families in the national budget and tax packages. Together, we have been a powerful force for families! We collected over 44,000 signatures from moms, dads, and concerned voters like YOU and then we delivered them to elected officials last week. Together, we told Congress to reject tax breaks for the mega-rich and wealthy corporations and instead invest in programs that boost our families’ health care, nutrition and early education.

Thank you!

Now we are hoping you could double down on your efforts and share a quick experience with us about how programs like Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, WIC, Head Start, Afterschool and Summer Programs, and childcare assistance have boosted you and your family!

CHIP is in Jeopardy and Needs Action NOW

Many are celebrating the Affordable Care Act’s survival of yet another attempt at repeal, but it is important to note that the health insurance of millions of children is still in danger. On September 30th, Congress allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire. The day came and went and no vote occurred. This means the future of almost 9 million children’s health insurance is currently unknown. 
 
Without the extension of CHIP, states are uncertain about the future of the program, and some states will feel the effects of the uncertainty sooner than others. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, ten states, including California and Mississippi, will exhaust all of their federal CHIP dollars by the end of 2017.

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