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Budget deal in Washington could impact Head Start, Energy Assistance Program

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This is the location of Sioux City's Head Start building. This is the location of Sioux City's Head Start building.
People can sign up for the energy assistance program inside the Community Action Agency of Siouxland. People can sign up for the energy assistance program inside the Community Action Agency of Siouxland.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The U.S. House approved a $1.1 trillion dollar budget Wednesday.

It's expected to sail through the Senate and head for the President's desk.

However, there are some changes.

The new budget bill restores funds to Head Start programs. These early education programs are for youngsters up until the age of 5, whose families meet the poverty guidelines.

The new budget deal would include $8.6 billion for Head Start. And, those involved with Head Start in Sioux City, said it would be a big help for the local program because they've had to cut back on employee's hours and shorten the length of the "school year" due to previous cuts to the program.

But, Executive Director of the Community Action Agency of Siouxland Jean Logan said she's not sure if they'll qualify for the new funds, but she's hopeful.

"We certainly hope that we will be because of sequestration, we ended up with a 5-percent budget cut, and that's all of the federal programs that took that budget cut, and so we're hoping that we will find a way to restore those cuts," Logan said.

Logan said the proposed budget will be felt in more than just their Head Start program if it's signed into law.

She said there's talks of their energy assistance program receiving more funding as well. This program helps people with low incomes pay a portion of their utility bill.

It took a hit when the government reduced federal dollars to the program by about five-percent during their last budget.

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