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Home > Advocacy > No Caps on Kids! Campaign > Capping Federal Foster Care Assistance In the Context of the FY 2006 Federal Budget Debate - Talking Points

 
 

Capping Federal Foster Care Assistance In the Context of the FY 2006 Federal Budget Debate

Talking Points

ARGUMENT:

We need to get federal spending under control. The deficit is more than $400 billion.

REBUTTAL:
  • Spending on children's programs-or even entitlement spending since early 2001, when this country had a surplus-has not been the cause of the soaring federal deficit.

  • A review of all spending legislation passed between the start of 2001 and the end of 2004 shows that:

    • Entitlement programs represented 9% of all new spending.

    • Domestic programs (excluding defense and homeland security) accounted for only 3% of all new spending.

    • Defense and homeland security constituted 29% of all new spending.

    • Tax cuts constituted 58% of all new spending.
ARGUMENT:

This country needs to clamp down on spending, particularly federal spending on entitlement programs. Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance is an entitlement program.

REBUTTAL:
  • Spending on entitlement programs represents only 9% of all new federal spending since 2001.

  • Current spending on Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance represents one-half of 1% of all federal entitlement expenditures.



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