Previous Iowa Ads

On Monday, May 9th, Vote Kids began running the following ad in Iowa.

The Vote Kids television ad will be airing throughout Iowa beginning Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13.

Vote Kids want to bring attention to how children will be harmed as a result of federal budget proposals which already have passed the House of Representatives. The so-called Ryan budget slashes programs vital to children and families, including Head Start, child care, public safety, child nutrition, education, Pell Grants, Community and Development Block Grants, and jobs programs. These are shortsighted actions that would weaken America’s global economic competitiveness, which is why we want kids’ issues to be a prominent part of the debate in the forthcoming presidential campaign.

The Ryan Budget would convert Medicaid into block grants and result in $1.4 trillion in cuts, while doing nothing to reduce health care costs. These cuts would affect the 30 million children nationwide served by Medicaid. It also would cut the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program by $127 billion, or 20 percent, over the next ten years. Millions of families would be affected, leading to increased hunger and poverty.

While cutting health care and nutrition programs for working families and children, the Ryan Budget gives those Americans earning more than $1 million an additional $125,000 yearly tax break.

When the Republican presidential candidates and President Obama come through these states campaigning, we want voters to ask them where they stand on investing in the health, education, and safety of children. No candidate should be allowed to avoid spelling out a detailed platform of what they are FOR when it comes to children.

Previous 2011 Ad

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The budget cuts passed by the United States House of Representatives will significantly harm children and families. Specifically in Iowa:

  • 1,794 young children will be removed from their Head Start program
  • Disadvantaged children would lose $6.0 million in education programs serving them
  • 203,000 of Iowa’s college students would face cuts in their Pell Grants, $116 million total, causing many to leave college
  • Pregnant women would be denied health care through the Maternal and Child Health block grant
  • Programs to help children, youth, and parents struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues would be slashed by $851,000
  • Doors to 21st Century Community Learning Centers would close to hundreds of Iowa’s children and youth
Click here to email Charles Grassley’s office and tell him to stand up for Iowa’s children and vote against the House budget cuts for children. If you can’t email him, call his office: 

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3744
Cedar Rapids:
(319) 363-6832
Council Bluffs:
(712) 322-7103
(563) 322-4331
Des Moines:
(515) 288-1145
Sioux City:
(712) 233-1860
(319) 232-6657

Click here to email Tom Harkin’s office and tell him to stand up for Iowa’s children and vote against the House budget cuts for children. If you can’t email him, call his office: 

Washington, DC: (202) 224-3254
Cedar Rapids:
(319) 365-4504
(563) 322-1338
Des Moines:
(515) 284-4574
(563) 582-2130
Sioux City:
(712) 252-1550