Outrage! Obama Budget Boosts DV Spending by $117 Million
Today President Obama released his 2011 federal budget, which totals an eye-popping $3.83 TRILLION. To make his bank-busting proposal more palatable, the President declared his budget would impose a spending freeze on non-discretionary and non-military spending.
But wait! Turns out there's a loophole. Nine federal programs that specifically target women will see an increase, including an extra $117 million for domestic violence programs see Miami Herald article below.
So while millions of American men are falsely accused of domestic violence each year, the programs that push these false claims will actually see a 22% increase.
Does that make sense to anyone?
Express your extreme displeasure TODAY directly to the White House keep your message short and polite:
Domestic violence czar Lynn Rosenthal: lrosenthal@...
Obama's budget proposal includes increase for women's programs
BY JAMES ROSEN
McClatchy News Service
With women's advocacy groups voicing growing unease with administration policy, President Barack Obama will propose a $3.8 trillion budget on Monday that would exempt programs for women and girls from spending restrictions he's proposed for other programs.
Obama aides denied that political calculation was behind the emphasis on programs for women and girls, detailed in a budget document obtained by McClatchy entitled ``Opportunity and Progress for Women and Girls.''
``We're looking at a lot of significant funding increases for women's programs in a year when the president has ordered a three-year, non-security, discretionary spending freeze,'' said Kate Bedingfield, a White House spokesman.
The document describes 15 federal programs that benefit women that would get increased funding under his spending plan. Nine of the programs are narrowly aimed at women and girls, but six are much broader initiatives that would benefit men and boys as well, including the 1.4 percent pay increase requested for the U.S. military.
Women are a key voting block for Obama. Exit polling from the 2008 election showed 56 percent of female voters cast ballots for Obama.
Only 49 percent of male voters backed Obama. Women remain supportive: A Gallup poll conducted in early January found that 54 percent of women surveyed approved of Obama's performance; only 47 percent of men said the same.
In recent weeks, however, women rights advocates have been critical of the administration, particularly after Obama's allies in Congress agreed to limits on insurance coverage for abortion in healthcare legislation passed by the House.
Women's-rights advocates also challenged Obama's decision to impose a spending freeze on discretionary domestic programs while continuing to increase military, intelligence and other homeland security funding.
``A domestic spending freeze would lead us in the wrong direction,'' Terry O'Neill, head of the National Organization for Women, said last week after Obama's State of the Union address to Congress.
``It would, for example, decimate funding for many battered women's shelters at a time when the recession is causing a spike in domestic violence rates,'' O'Neill said. ``At the least, our swollen military budget should receive as much cost-conscious scrutiny as services for vulnerable women.''
The budget to be unveiled Monday would exempt those programs from the freeze.
Among the programs targeted at women are $8.1 billion in food aid for low-income pregnant women, infants and children up to 5 years old and $3.9 billion for child care and Head Start meals.
It also will increase by $10 million money set aside for family planning efforts, raising the total to $327 million, including $205 million for the prevention of teen pregnancy, the rate of which has increased after a decade of decline.
The budget also will propose spending $535 million in aid for victims of domestic violence -- $117 million more than current funding, a 22 percent increase.
Obama last March issued an executive order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. In June, he named Lynn Rosenthal as special advisor on violence against women.