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Obama cuts trickle down to local community organizations

February 3, 2011

Photo Courtesy South County Community Action

South County Community Action's Joe Neri, left, shown teaching Nicolas Skuce, who was recently preparing for a GED assessment.

WAKEFIELD–President Obama's budget is due within the next few weeks and recently he called for cuts to the country's community action programs.

"I've proposed cuts to things I care deeply about,” President Obama said on Jan. 25, “like community action programs." While how much will be cut is still to be determined, it is news that a program which was not de-funded by Nixon, Gingrich, or Bush, now will be cut by a former community organizer who used his experience in Chicago’s blighted neighborhoods as supporting evidence for his leadership.

Community Action was appropriated $5 billion as part of the Recovery Act (stimulus) for weatherization, and its other programs include literacy, Headstart, health care, housing, and job training. According to its statistics, the agencies serve 16.2 million individuals per year and 3 million families.

The President did not tell the head of National Community Action, David Bradley, that his program would be cut. Bradley attended the State of the Union and was seated in the gallery.

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