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  • Sequestration

    by Representative Brian Higgins

    Posted on 2013-02-26

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    HIGGINS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, sequestration will have serious consequences for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, which is tremendously important to the economy of western New York.

    If Congress does not repeal the sequester, the Air Force will have to delay construction of a $6.1 million flight simulator at the base, a project [[Page H641]] that is critical to securing the base's continued operation. There would also be an impact on jobs: 2,300 Air Force civilians in New York will be furloughed, causing $17.7 million in lost wages across the State.

    Mr. Speaker, sequestration was the ransom the Tea Party demanded when it held the American economy hostage over the debt limit. But with 750,000 American jobs at stake, this process will inflict real and permanent damage on the American economy.

    Congress created the sequester. Congress can and should repeal it. For the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base and for our economy, I urge the House to do just that.


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