‘Supercommittee’ members’ states: How many residents depend on entitlements?

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick No Comments

Women are used to being under-represented in Congress: There are only 17 women in the U.S. Senate (out of 100) and 76 women in the U.S. House of Representatives (out of 435). Unsurprisingly, only one woman — Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), also a co-chair, sits on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or “super committee,” which has been assigned to trim at least $1.2 trillion from the deficit over the next 10 years.

TAI analyzed statistics from each state the super committee members represent to see how dependent, on average, the states’ residents, and their women, are on some of the entitlement programs they are proposing to cut. TAI predominantly relied on state-by-state information compiled by the National Women’s Law Center.

(Read more about how the current super committee plans would impact women.)

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington), committee co-chair:

Sen. Patty Murray (Wikimedia Commons)

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.)

Sen. Max Baucus (Wikimedia Commons)

  • One in five Montana residents (PDF) -– 192,700 people -– received Social Security benefits in 2010.
  • Social Security reduced the poverty rate for women 65 and older from 60 percent to 6 percent and lifted 1,000 children out of poverty.
  • In 2008, about 25,700 non-elderly women and 7,200 elderly women in Montana relied on Medicaid.
  • Approximately 177,000 individuals in Montana use Medicare; 53 percent of them women.
  • In 2009, the CCDBG served approximately 2,400 Montana families (PDF), with 4,000 children, each month.
  • In 2009, Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs served 2,900 Montana children.
  • In 2010, 51,100 Montana households were beneficiaries of the SNAP program.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, unemployment for women in Montana (PDF) increased from 3.4 percent to 5.9 percent.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

Sen. John Kerry (Wikimedia Commons)

  • One in six Massachusetts residents (PDF) -– 1,140,800 people -– received Social Security benefits in 2010
  • Social Security reduced the poverty rate for women 65 and older from 46 percent to 11 percent and lifted 21,000 children out of poverty.
  • In 2008, about 494,500 non-elderly women and 111,800 elderly women in Massachusetts were on Medicaid.
  • Approximately 1,094,000 individuals in Massachusetts use Medicare; 53 percent of them are women.
  • In 2009, the CCDBG served approximately 18,300 Massachusetts families (PDF), with 24,800 children, each month.
  • In 2009, Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs served 12,700 young children in Massachusetts.
  • In 2010, 407,300 Massachusetts households were beneficiaries of the SNAP program.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, unemployment for women in Massachusetts (PDF) increased from 4.1 percent to 7.5 percent.
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.)

Rep. James Clyburn (Wikimedia Commons)

  • One in five South Carolina residents (PDF) -– 924,700  people -– received Social Security benefits in 2010.
  • Social Security reduced the poverty rate for women 65 and older from 55 percent to 14 percent and lifted 25,000 children out of poverty.
  • In 2008, about 244,200 non-elderly women and 61,700 elderly women in South Carolina were on Medicaid.
  • Approximately 785,000 individuals in South Carolina use Medicare; 55 percent of them are women.
  • In 2009, the CCDBG served approximately 11,800 South Carolina families (PDF), with 20,400 children, each month.
  • In 2009, Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs served 12,200 young children in South Carolina.
  • In 2010, 359,500 South Carolina households were beneficiaries of the SNAP program.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, unemployment for women in South Carolina (PDF) increased from 6 percent to 9.6 percent.
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.)

Rep. Xavier Becerra (Wikimedia Commons)

  • One in eight California residents (PDF) -– 4,979,100 people -– received Social Security benefits in 2010.
  • Social Security reduced the poverty rate for women 65 and older from 42 percent to 11 percent and lifted 100,000 children out of poverty.
  • In 2008, about 3,969,600 non-elderly women and 619,600 elderly women in California were on Medicaid.
  • Approximately 4,421,000 individuals in California use Medicare; 56 percent of them are women.
  • In 2009, the CCDBG served approximately 68,200 California families (PDF), with 106,900 children, each month.
  • In 2009, Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs served 97,900 young children in California.
  •  In 2010, 1,391,400 California households were beneficiaries of the SNAP program.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, unemployment for women in California (PDF) increased from 5.2 percent to 11.3 percent.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Wikimedia Commons)

  • One in seven Maryland residents (PDF) -– 850,400 people -– received Social Security benefits in 2010.
  • Social Security reduced the poverty rate for women 65 and older from 39 percent to 10 percent and lifted 11,000 children out of poverty.
  • In 2008, about 217,100 non-elderly women and 52,700 elderly women in Maryland were on Medicaid.
  • Approximately 703,000 individuals in Maryland use Medicare; 59 percent of them are women.
  • In 2009, the CCDBG served approximately 14,400 Maryland families (PDF), with 24,400 children, each month.
  • In 2009, Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs served 10,300 young children in Maryland.
  • In 2010, 265,800 Maryland households were beneficiaries of the SNAP program.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, unemployment for women (PDF) in Maryland increased from 3.9 percent to 7.4 percent.
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), committee co-chair

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Wikimedia Commons)

  • One in seven Texas residents (PDF) -– 3,440,400 people -– received Social Security benefits in 2010.
  • Social Security reduced the poverty rate for women 65 and older from 48 percent to 15 percent and lifted 102,000 children out of poverty.
  • In 2008, about 791,800 non-elderly women and 295,600 elderly women in Texas were on Medicaid.
  • Approximately 2,730,000 individuals in Texas use Medicare; 55 percent of them are women.
  • In 2009, the CCDBG served approximately 66,200 Texas families (PDF), with 121,600 children, each month.
  • In 2009, Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs served 67,600 young children in Texas.
  •  In 2010, 1,407,100 Texas households were beneficiaries of the SNAP program.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, unemployment for women in Texas (PDF) increased from 4.8 percent to 7.9 percent.

Rep. Dave Camp (Wikimedia Commons)

Reps. Dave Camp(R-Mich.) and

Rep. Fred Upton (Wikimedia Commons)

Fred Upton (R-Mich.)

  • One in five Michigan residents (PDF) –- 1,964,900 people –- received Social Security benefits in 2010.
  • Social Security reduced the poverty rate for women 65 and older from 54 percent to 9 percent and lifted 34,000 children out of poverty.
  • In 2008, about 534,900 non-elderly women and 97,600 elderly women in Michigan were on Medicaid.
  • Approximately 1,454,000 individuals in Michigan use Medicare; 56 percent of them are women.
  • In 2009, the CCDBG served approximately 37,000 Michigan families (PDF), with 71,800 children, each month.
  • In 2009, Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs served 34,200 young children in Michigan.
  • In 2010, 865,500 Michigan households were beneficiaries of the SNAP program.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, unemployment for women in Michigan (PDF) has increased from 7.1 percent to 9.9 percent.
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)

Sen Jon Kyl (Wikimedia Commons)

  • One in six Arizona residents (PDF) –- 1,067,700 people people -– received Social Security benefits in 2010, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
  • Social Security reduced the poverty rate for women 65 and older from 46 percent to 13 percent and lifted 18,000 children out of poverty.
  • In 2008, about 433,200 non-elderly women and 63,900 elderly women in Arizona were on Medicaid.
  • Approximately 848,000 individuals in Arizona use Medicare; 58 percent of them are women.
  • In 2009, the CCDBG served approximately 19,900 Arizona families (PDF), with 32,700 children, each month.
  • In 2009, Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs served 12,900 young children in Arizona.
  • In 2010, 439,400 Arizona households were beneficiaries of the SNAP program.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, unemployment for women in Arizona (PDF) increased from 4.0 percent to 9.4 percent.
Sen.Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

Sen. Pat Toomey (Wikimedia Commons)

  • One in five Pennsylvania residents (PDF) –- 2,577,700 people people -– received Social Security benefits in 2010.
  • Social Security reduced the poverty rate for women 65 and older from 54 percent to 12 percent and lifted 49,000 children out of poverty.
  • In 2008, about 610,600 non-elderly women and 168,400 elderly women in Pennsylvania were on Medicaid.
  • Approximately 2,060,000 individuals in Pennsylvania use Medicare; 57 percent of them are women.
  • In 2009, the CCDBG served approximately 54,900 Pennsylvania families (PDF), with 93,900 children, each month.
  • In 2009, Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs served 35,300 young children in Pennsylvania.
  • In 2010, 740,200 Pennsylvania households were beneficiaries of the SNAP program.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, unemployment for women in Pennsylvania (PDF) increased from 3.7 percent to 7.6 percent.
Sen.Rob Portman(R-Ohio)

Sen. Rob Portman (Wikimedia Commons)

  • One in five Ohio residents (PDF) -– 2,124,700 people -– received Social Security benefits in 2010, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
  • Social Security reduced the poverty rate for women 65 and older from 53 percent to 10 percent and lifted 47,000 children out of poverty.
  • In 2008, about 570,500 non-elderly women and 131,200 elderly women in Ohio were on Medicaid.
  • Approximately 1,802,000 individuals in Ohio use Medicare; 54 percent of them are women.
  • In 2009, the CCDBG served approximately 29,800 Ohio families (PDF), with 51,700 children, each month.
  • In 2009, Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs served 37,100 young children in Ohio.
  • In 2010, 751,300 Ohio households were beneficiaries of the SNAP program.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, unemployment for women in Ohio (PDF) increased from 5.1 percent to 8.5 percent.

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