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AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: CAP Action Experts React to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Speech on Poverty
Press Advisory

AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: CAP Action Experts React to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Speech on Poverty

Press Contacts

  • Katie Peters

Washington, D.C. — This afternoon, Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will deliver a speech on poverty and economic mobility from the campaign trail in Ohio. The following experts from the Center for American Progress Action Fund are available to provide a reaction to Rep. Ryan’s remarks:

  • Tom Perriello, President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund
  • Tara McGuinness, Executive Director, Center for American Progress Action Fund
  • Melissa Boteach, Director, Half in Ten and Poverty and Prosperity Program

According to a recent CAP Action analysis, the following consequences for struggling families would occur if the Romney-Ryan plans were put into place:

  • 31 million people—predominantly children, seniors, people with disabilities, and the working poor—will lose access to health insurance due to Medicaid cuts.
  • 46 million people could see their bare-bones nutrition aid (averaging $1.50 per person per meal) reduced to below what the Department of Agriculture considers minimally adequate OR 8 million to 10 million people could lose access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program altogether.
  • Approximately 191,000 children could be kicked off Head Start—which helps provide at-risk preschoolers with the educational, health, nutrition, and family support services they need—in the next two years.
  • More than 4 million children in low-income school districts could see their educational services reduced or eliminated in the next two years.
  • The costs of special education for 1.26 million special-needs children would be shifted to states and school districts in the next two years.

To speak with a CAP Action expert, please contact Katie Peters at kpeters@americanprogressaction.org or 202.741.6285.

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