As Congress struggles to negotiate a budget deal to keep the government running, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) told lawmakers Wednesday that the GOP version of the budget bill would result in the deaths of at least 70,000 children who depend on American food and health assistance around the world.
“We estimate, and I believe these are very conservative estimates, that H.R. 1 would lead to 70,000 kids dying,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testified before the House Appropriations State and Foreign Ops subcommittee.
“Of that 70,000, 30,000 would come from malaria control programs that would have to be scaled back specifically. The other 40,000 is broken out as 24,000 would die because of a lack of support for immunizations and other investments and 16,000 would be because of a lack of skilled attendants at birth,” he said.
The Republican bill, known as H.R.1, was passed by the House, and would fund the government for the rest of fiscal 2011. It would effectively cut 16 percent from the Obama administration’s original fiscal 2011 request for the international affairs account.
“Liberals kill their babies by the millions but cry if their “public assistance” is cut off. Losers from Day 1 of their lives. Cut the budget and then there will be fewer losers to waste the public money of HONEST, DECENT TAXPAYERS.”
“Federal spending was 3% of GDP in 1930. Now it’s 25% and this guy says cutting it to 22% will kill 70,000 children. It is so outrageously absurd I can not find the words… That people would actually consider it… that people would respond this way to the honest attempts of elected officials to address a crippling deficit is, I must admit, disheartening. Heaven help us. Is all intellectual integrity lost?”
“Just think how many kids could have been saved on the $1,500 weekly budget for liquor on Pelosi’s Air Force Plane. That was the cost reported by the New York Times and Washington Post. Just imagine how much money would have been saved if she didn’t have a government plane at her beck and call when she was speaker of the house. Just make Congress pay the real cost of their healthcare, subsidised meals and haircuts and you’ll have more money to save 700,000 children world-wide. You either pay off your debt or go bankrupt. How many kids can you save when your bankrupt?”
“The American people aren’t stupid. They know this story is garbage, fear mongering and lies.”
“These liberal bureaucrats can use all the bombastic hyperbole they want but all they do is demonstrate a lack of understand regarding a very basic concept regarding our fiscal situation, which is that WE ARE BROKE.”
“This is a characteristic liberal democrat response. Whenever they have nothing of substance to offer, they attempt to Distort, Deflect, Divert, or Destroy. There is absolutely nothing included within the GOP’s proposed cuts that would kill anybody!”
“No more guilt. The democrats have played that card for the last time. We’re broke and sinking. I want to save my own children. Let the UN do what the UN should do. Let the ‘spectator’ nations that have been riding the US’ coat tails pick up the slack.”
“Isn’t that just a bit ironic? Obama is the biggest cheerleader for abortion no matter how far along the Mom is and now they want to tell us they care for kids. Really? How about the millions you kill each year with my tax dollars?”