Sequestrationby Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
Posted on 2013-02-27
DeLAURO asked and was given permission to address the House for
1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Ms. DeLAURO. The House majority should bring legislation to this
floor that will prevent the automatic, across-the-board cuts that will
occur on Friday. These dangerous, indiscriminate cuts threaten our
economy and vital services for our children, for women, for seniors,
small businessmen, and our servicemembers in uniform.
Today, we are spending $12 billion less on labor, health, and education programs than we were in 2002. And because of the cuts we made in the Budget Control Act, we will be spending $21 billion less on these programs in 2022. And yet, despite these already made cuts the sequester will gut labor, health, and education programs by nearly another $7 billion this year.
The results? Over 10,000 fewer people in my State will get the assistance they need to find jobs. Over 1,500 fewer Connecticut children will see vaccines for diseases. And 8,000 disadvantaged students will lose access to educational services. This will also relieve teachers and teacher aides of their jobs, thereby raising unemployment.
This is in addition to cuts that will impact food safety inspection, Meals on Wheels for seniors, support for public safety officers, and to keep air traffic controllers on the job.
I ask unanimous consent to bring up my colleague Mr. Van Hollen's Stop the Sequester Job Loss Now Act. It replaces sequestration with a balanced, bipartisan approach to deficit reduction.
We have a responsibility in this body: pass a budget that protects the middle class, our seniors, and the most vulnerable--and we have to act.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. As the Chair previously advised, that request cannot be entertained absent appropriate clearance.