Some of us see the impacts of sequestration right in front of us; some of us read or listen to media stories. The Coalition on Human Needs has been covering the effects since the sequester took effect in March. CHN reports that all over the country low-income people are losing the chance for affordable housing, seniors receive fewer meals or are put on waiting lists for meal delivery, children are denied Head Start and the long-term jobless are losing nearly 15 percent of average unemployment benefits. Some programs have dipped into reserves to avoid eliminating services for people in need. On Sunday, July 7, The Washington Post featured a story about hungry children in Appalachia and efforts to bring lunches to them so they at least have one meal a day.
Click on the link to see the latest CHN sequester impact report with concrete examples from several states.
Now Congress is working on new spending bills for Fiscal Year 2014 which begins in October. The House assumes that all domestic programs will take deep additional cuts; the Senate assumes that these cuts will be averted. If the House approach is taken, the harm we already see will become much worse.