The Sequestration Mythby Representative David G. Valadao
Posted on 2013-02-27
VALADAO. Mr. Speaker, I agree, Congress needs to get serious
about our Nation's irresponsible spending; however, broad-based,
automatic spending cuts and tax increases are not the way to get our
fiscal House in order.
This week, the administration warned of the devastating effects that sequestration will have on many essential services provided by the Federal Government. To be clear, while the Budget Control Act of 2011 defined the amount of sequestration cuts, implementation of these cuts is at the discretion of the administration. The administration has now threatened to cut crucial services, including laying off air traffic controllers and the inspectors that make our food safe. At the same time, our government is spending [[Page H690]] $1.7 billion operating unused Federal properties. There are numerous bipartisan alternatives to increase the Federal Government's efficiency and eliminate wasteful spending that do not include raising taxes or cutting the essential services my constituents depend on.
Ultimately, the real solution lies in reviving our struggling economy and giving our small businesses the tools to create jobs. In California's San Joaquin Valley, burdensome environmental regulations have resulted in the fallowing of 200,000 acres of land and the loss of countless jobs. This is a prime example of government ignoring the solution while creating a problem. At no cost to the taxpayers, we could provide certainty to our communities and to the farmers in my district that we can protect jobs and actually grow our economy.
With just 2 days until sequestration takes place, it's time for all of us to get serious about our Nation's spending problem and come together to do what's best for the American people.