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Brief: Christensen Decries Bush Budget Cuts in Funding to Territories

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Feb. 14, 2007 — Delegate Donna M. Christensen spoke before the House Budget Committee Wednesday, decrying budget cuts proposed by the Bush administration to the territories and to minority health programs, according to a release issued Wednesday by Christensen's office.
Appearing Thursday afternoon before the committee, Christensen said that the president's budget was "woefully out of sync with the American public, as are his policies and priorities."
Pointing to the findings in the recent General Accounting Office report, Christensen said that the economic conditions in the U.S. territories have languished over the past 10 years. "Each of them continue to suffer from high unemployment and unstable economies," she told the panel.
According to the release, Christensen pointed to the decrease in funding to the Technical Assistance account in the Office of Insular Affairs. "The one account which can be useful to help improve their condition, should not be decreased, as it is in the president's budget," she said. "I believe that more resources should be devoted to better respond to the needs of our U.S. territories," she said.
Christensen also called on the committee to "prevent the health care crisis that now exists from becoming a catastrophe."
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