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What is the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ and How Will It Impact Vulnerable Children, Youth and Families?
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GCYF hosted a webinar discussing what could happen in January 2013 if Congress fails to act and reach a consensus on a comprehensive budget and deficit reduction plan.

When: 11/20/2012
3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Contact: Jennifer McGuire Cox

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In January 2013 a series of automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, are scheduled to take effect. It is estimated that programs serving children, youth, and families, including early childhood education, housing, child health, child welfare, and nutrition, would lose $6.4 billion in Federal fiscal year 2013 alone if these cuts are allowed to occur.

Congress has begun debating how best to avoid this "fiscal cliff,” as well as such issues as the expiration of the 2001 tax cuts and critical improvements adopted in the Earned Income Tax Credit and refundable Child Tax Credit for low-income working families. One of the major issues to be discussed is whether sequestration and the expiration of the tax cuts should be replaced by a more comprehensive deficit reduction bipartisan agreement, and if so, what would such a plan look like? 

On November 20, GCYF hosted a webinar to discuss current activities and negotiations in Congress and what could happen if they fail to act and reach a consensus on a comprehensive budget and deficit reduction plan.

Featured Speaker:

  • Ellen Nissenbaum, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Joel Friedman, Vice President for Federal Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Webinar Materials and Resources:

Webinar Slides: Huge Fiscal Decisions Lie Ahead: The Key Policy Choices

Webinar Audio Recording

Congress has Cut Discretionary Funding by $1.5 Trillion Over Ten Years, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

There are Worse Fates than Walking off the Fiscal Cliff, The Carlyle Group

For More Information:

Sequestration and the Budget Control Act, GCYF

Sequestration: What It Is and What You Can Do, GCYF

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