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Sen. Harkin describes the impact of the fiscal cliff on Iowa

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If the fiscal cliff is not avoided in Washington, D.C., children in Iowa from lower income families will be some of the first to feel the impact.

The topic was laid out in depth during a report written in July by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin called "Under Threat: Sequestration's Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services".

The document describes the impact on individual states if Congress does not act before January 2013.

"Some members of Congress warn that defense contracting firms will lay off employees if sequestration goes into effect. They say nothing of the tens of thousands of teachers, police officers, and other public servants in communities all across America who would also lose their jobs. A laid-off teacher is just as unemployed as a laid-off defense contractor," Harkin writes. "In Iowa, the State I represent, 4,677 fewer people would be admitted to substance abuse treatment programs, 496 fewer veterans would receive employment assistance, and 1,588 fewer students would receive Federal Work Study financial aid."

The follow items are just a few of the many on the chopping block: Head Start, Child Development Block Grant, Maternal and Child Health Block grant, AIDS Drug Assistance Program, HIV Prevention and Testing, Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Screening, Childhood Immunization Grants, and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grants.

For the full report, click here.

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