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Women's Equity Action League Publication Budget Cuts Hurt Women



Women's Equity Action League Publication Budget Cuts Hurt Women


Publication by WEAL listing by program the impact of budget cuts on women.


Women’s Equity Action League
Aid to families with dependent children programs
Food stamps


Women’s Equity Action League




Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)




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Women's Equity Action League
805 15th Street. N.W. Suite 822
Washington. D.C. 20005

Budget Cuts Hurt Women

February 1982


WIC: Women- Infants-Children Food Program
100% of WIC funds help women and children identified as “nutritional risks.” Program provides diet supplements for nursing mothers and children under five. At present reaches 1/4 of those eligible.
Has previously been funded as a separate program but is scheduled by the administration to become part of a maternal and child health block grant.
WIC funded in FY'82 at $950m. Maternal and child health funded in FY'82
at$1.3b. Both programs folded into the same block grant with total funding for FY'83 of $lb.

WEEA: Women's Educational Equity Act
100% of WEEA programs affect women. WEEA helps to implement sex-equity in education by preparing materials and models for use on the local level.
Program is now a categorical grant but faces a battle for survival when continuing resolution ends in March of 1982 .
Funding for FY'82 is set at $6m which is a 25% reduction from the previous level but even this funding faces rescission. Administration is asking for $0 funding for FY'83 .

99% of FP funds are used to provide medical services and educational counseling for 4.5m women.
FP is currently operated as a categorical grant. For FY'83 the administration recommends folding it into; a primary health care block grant. Administration would also require parental notification of birth control use by minors.
Funding for FY'82 set at $130m, a reduction from FY'81. Total funding for 183 frozen at FY'82 levels. If included in block grant, whole program would be subject to state priorities.

AFDC: Aid to Families with Dependent Children
93% of welfare recipients are women and children.
80% of families receiving AFDC are headed by women.
Program faced major changes in FY'82 . Because of these changes many families with earned income (the working poor) are facing large reductions in benefits. Further reductions are proposed for FY'83.
Because of the changes in eligibility, federal funding for AFDC was reduced by over $1b in FY'82. Additional changes proposed for FY'83 (mandatory workfare, inclusion of fuel-aid payments as cash income, etc.) will reduce funding by another $1.1 b.

67% of clients are poor women.
36% of LS attorneys are women.
LSC authorization bill passed the House with new restrictions which inhibit advocates from engaging in class action suits and lobbying.
FY'82 funding set at $241m, a cut of $80m from FY'81. Administration proposes elimination of program for FY'83.

69% of FS recipients are women. 11m children benefit from FS.
Congressional legislation will eliminate many recipients. Major cuts to the program will reduce benefits for many others. Reductions include counting fuel-aid as cash income, reducing benefits for dollars earned, and basing food stamp allotment on outdated food prices. Boarders and strikers also become ineligible.
FY ‘82 funding set at $10.3b through mid-August, 1982. A supplemental appropriation will be needed for the remainder of FY 182. In FY 183, a cut of $2.4b is proposed. This will be accomplished by the tightened regulations and will hurt the “Working poor.”

66% of families living in federally subsidized housing are headed by women.
Program has been cut several times in FY ‘82. Funds to improve present housing were cut by 25%. Tenant 1s share of rent contributions will be raised to 30% of their income. The number of families assisted will be held constant.
The administration proposes to terminate new subsidized housing starts except for 10,000 elderly units. In previous years there have been up to 260,000 new starts per year. The proposed budget would rescind $9.4b of FY ’82 appropriation. Total FY ’83 spending would be $7.5b.

61% of Medicaid recipients are women.
New proposals would require co-payment by beneficiary for medical services of $1/outpatient visit and $2/inpatient day. Federal funding for optional services (such as eyeglasses and dental care) would be reduced.
Federal matching funds to the states have been reduced by 3% in FY 182 and 4% in FY ‘83. Proposed changes in the program will result in outlay reductions of $2b in FY ‘83.

60% of Medicare enrollees are women.
The program remains generally intact. Some changes in benefits will result in co-payments for home health care service, and an increase in the deductible to $75 for FY 1 82 and then a yearly rise in the deductible indexed to the Consumer Price Index. All these changes will mean more out-of-pocket expenses for beneficiaries.
The proposed changes in the program will result in outlay reductions of $2.5b in FY ‘83.

Proposed combined outlays for education, labor training, and social •services would be cut drastically in FY ’83. The CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) Program which has helped many poor, women learn a marketable skill would be cut $2.2b and folded into a block grant. Social Security remains intact but other programs for the poor, disabled, and elderly would be reduced by $3b. Eligibility for guaranteed student loans would be severely restricted and the loans would cost the students more. Cuts in funding and reduced enforcement activity at the Women’s Bureau, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Department of Education serve to undercut advances made by women in the area of education & employment opportunities. The list goes on ... but the impact of the budget cuts will be felt most harshly by women: elderly,
poor, uneducated and untrained, divorced and widowed, pregnant, heads of households, dependent and often alone.
For more information, contact Pat Reuss, Legislative Director or Linda Fischer, Legislative Intern (202) 638-1961

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Women’s Equity Action League, “Women's Equity Action League Publication Budget Cuts Hurt Women,” Queens College Archives and Special Collections, accessed January 17, 2019,