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    Providing for Consideration of H.R. 933, Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013

    by Former Representative Robert E. Andrews

    Posted on 2013-03-06

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    ANDREWS asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. ANDREWS. At least, over time, 750,000 people will lose their jobs as a result of the sequester.



    Who are these Americans? They're Federal employees who inspect our food or who inspect toxic waste dumps or who work in the Federal court system or for the FBI. But they're also people in small businesses around the country and big businesses. It's the woman who owns a software company who has a contract with NOAA, the National Weather Service, that gets canceled or cut back. It is the caterer who serves an Air Force base or an Army base or a Coast Guard facility. It is the small businessperson who is a utility contractor on a transportation project to be funded by Federal dollars. These are real people who, over time, will be very badly affected by this.

    We have a plan that would save these jobs but continue to reduce the deficit. It's Mr. Van Hollen's plan. That plan says that we should save an equal amount the sequester would save by cutting back on corporate welfare to huge oil companies, by cutting back on corporate welfare for huge agribusinesses that own land and get payments from the Federal taxpayers through the Ag Department, and that anyone who makes more than $2 million a year should have to pay at least 30 percent of their income under the Tax Code and not exploit loopholes and deductions.

    {time} 1110 Today would be the right day to take a vote on that plan. My friends on the other side would probably oppose the plan. That's obviously within their right. But the House has not yet taken up any proposals to save these 750,000 jobs. That is wrong. You can disagree with our proposal, you can try to amend our proposal, you can try to do better than our proposal, but for the House not to take one vote on saving these 750,000 jobs is wrong.

    We will have an opportunity on the previous question vote to remedy that wrong.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.

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