This recession has left countless working families, single-parent households, older women and people with multiple health problems in or near poverty. They are one rent hike, layoff, illness, or prescription drug price increase away from economic catastrophe.
Now more than ever, we must protect the services they rely on, and ensure that our most vulnerable citizens do not bear a disproportionate share of the burden of balancing our federal budget.
The decisions that lie ahead go to the very essence of who we are as a nation and the kind of country we want to leave for our children and their children. It is imperative that we protect our most vulnerable citizens — including older women, people with health problems, and working women and families — as we chart the way forward."
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.