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The Impact of Sequestration on New Jersey

Feb 27, 2013
Floor Statement

Mr. Speaker, Unless Congress acts this week, a series of drastic spending cuts- known as the sequester- will take effect. 

Sequestration threatens the jobs of hundreds of thousands of middle class Americans, as well as vital services for children, seniors, and our troops. Congress must not wait any longer to come to an agreement.

Should sequestration take effect my state of New Jersey would lose almost $12 million in funding for primary and secondary education- putting around 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. New Jersey would also lose nearly $17 million in funds for about 210 teachers who help children with disabilities.

In addition, Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for an estimated 1,300 children in New Jersey. Furthermore, New Jersey would see funding cut for public safety grants provided to local law enforcement officials designed to improve the safety of our communities, as well as a reduction in funding to provide meals for New Jersey seniors.

Mr. Speaker, these are just a small portion of the impact that sequestration will have on New Jersey and America as a whole. We can all agree that reducing our deficit is a priority, but it must be done in a manner that does not threaten our most vulnerable citizens.

I yield back.