Government shutdown could have consequences for Nebraska families with low incomes

congress_featimgAs you likely know by now, Congress has not been able to come to an agreement to continue to fund many activities and programs.  That means on Tuesday, the federal government was shut down.

Although many public benefits programs will be able to keep operating because they currently are able to access funding from the prior year, an extended shutdown could jeopardize important services that help thousands of Nebraska families.

Programs like child care assistance, which helps low-income families maintain employment, will not receive federal funding to continue operating unless action is taken by Congress. Not only would that mean fewer children are in safe child care, it could also mean hard-working families are facing a job loss if a parent decides they must miss work to stay home to take care of their children.

Programs like this help Nebraska families continue to work toward getting back on their feet while being able to feed and provide safe care for their families.  It is vital our leaders in Congress come to a quick and reasonable resolution of this shutdown, otherwise there is a serious risk of harm for many low-income Nebraskans.

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  One Reply to “Government shutdown could have consequences for Nebraska families with low incomes”

  1. 10/07/2013 at 2:30 pm

    Agreed, these programs are essential to Nebraska families. There are many ways in which the government shutdown is more harmful than it appears. Someone living paycheck to paycheck facing a furlough of even one day per week could be hard placed to weather that disruption, leading to a tumultuous household financial budget for months.

    Because we care about the well-being of everyone in our country, the question becomes: What can Nebraskans do to communicate these priorities to our legislators?

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