Dozens of parents protested outside Congressman Kevin McCarthy's local office Wednesday afternoon, upset over the house passing a bill with steep budget cuts to education.
The Republican-controlled House passed $61 billion in spending cuts from hundreds of domestic programs early Saturday morning, including the Head Start program.
On Wednesday, parents across the country protested outside of their local Republican representatives offices to fight to keep the program in place.
Outside of Congressman McCarthy's office, parents said Head Start is much more than just a babysitting program, it is an educational boost for children heading into grade school.
They said the program is especially important for migrant workers, many of whom are making minimum wage and simply wouldn't have the money to pay for a sitter while they work. They added that most likely, that sitter wouldn't provide the education that the Head Start program does.
"It's affecting the most vulnerable population out there, which is children, because they don't have a voice," said Luz Torres. "And I just want to let parents know that you are the voice of your children. And if you want them to have a future and a great education, then education starts in infancy."
"This is a foundation for the skills," Aida Rodriguez agreed. "We really need the funding and it's not money wasted, it's something we're going to see in the future."
After the House passed the bill this weekend, Congressmen McCarthy released this statement: "House republicans fulfilled our pledge to America by passing a funding bill that will cut spending by more than $100 billion over the next seven months. These cuts represent tough choices, but we owe it to future generations to leave them with an America that is more prosperous than the one we inherited. We will not achieve this when the federal government is borrowing forty cents to pay for every dollar it spends."
The parents protesting Wednesday had the opinion that there are several other programs that can be cut without affecting children and education.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where Democrats are calling the House spending plan too harsh, and President Obama has said he will veto it.
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