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Stop the Sequester

Feb 14, 2013
Floor Statement

Mr. Speaker, as we face yet another fiscal cliff in two weeks, it is imperative that this Chamber produces a real solution to ward off a financial disaster that could deeply impact the American people.

The idea behind sequestration was to create a worst case scenario that was so severe that it would force both sides to work together and find a balanced approach to passing a realistic budget reducing our deficits. I’m afraid that my colleagues across the aisle are viewing the sequestration- not as the extreme- but as the standard. Instead of setting the stage for yet another battle to be resolved in the eleventh hour, we should be focused on creating jobs and growing our economy.

If sequestration goes forward, programs and services that millions of Americans rely on like Head Start, supplemental nutrition programs like Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and even FEMA would be decimated by drastic cuts in funding. Additionally, sequestration would slash critical support to police who keep our streets safe; air traffic controllers who manage our skies; and food inspectors who ensure that the food we eat is safe.

Instead of jeopardizing critical services and the safety of our citizens, we need to begin to work on an approach that will avoid sequestration while sensibly reducing our deficit.