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Federal Government Shutdown: House Republicans' call for drastic cuts will affect Maryland’s economy

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The hard right members of the US House of Representatives are calling for a government shutdown if they do not receive the senseless funding cuts they demand, including an 80% reduction in public education Title I funding, which would highly impact low-income students. 

The cuts could lead to a nationwide reduction of 220,000 teachers, a catastrophic outcome for our nation’s students at a time when schools are already dealing with an educator shortage. It would also eliminate federal funding for community schools, and programs that support social and emotional learning. 

Once again, hard-liners in the Republican-controlled House are demanding President Biden acquiesce to the proposed cuts, or face a debilitating government shutdown on October 1. 

The last Government shutdown, when then-President Donald Trump refused to allow any federal spending without funds for a border wall (because Mexico did not pay for it). The shutdown cost Maryland 10% of its total income from taxes, as 250,000 Maryland workers – either federal or contract employees – were not paid.



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