Thank you to all those who participated in the telephone town hall I held last night to discuss the impact that irrational, automatic spending cuts imposed by sequestration could have on our community.
Today, I went to the House Floor to highlight the impact sequestration could have on Maryland’s Fifth District and urged House Republican leaders to bring a bill to the Floor to avert this process while we continue to work on a comprehensive, balanced plan to reduce our deficit. Below are excerpts:
“Unless Congress acts by Friday, the cuts will take effect with dangerous results across the country and in the Fifth District of Maryland, my district. Approximately 46,000 civilian defense personnel will be at risk of being furloughed at installations in Maryland, including Pax River, Webster Field, Indian Head, and Joint Base Andrews. This will undermine their ability to serve our nation and keep Americans safe. Federal defense contracts could be canceled or reduced, which will translate into lost jobs and economic hurt for the communities they affect.”
“There will be cuts to the FDA, which has a center in Maryland's Fifth District. Nationally, FDA cuts could result in fewer food safety inspectors for consumers. And children will be kicked out of Head Start. There will be longer wait times for those seeking to access job training and placement services. Our first responders will lose much-needed personnel.”
“This year alone in Maryland, the sequester could mean up to 500 fewer victims of domestic violence receiving critical services and around 2,050 children unable to receive vaccines for communicable diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough and the flu. This is not a rational way forward. Law enforcement could lose about $317,000 in my own state for this year in grants that support crime prevention and drug treatment and enforcement.”
“Mr. Speaker, the people of my district are hardworking folks who just want the chance to pursue the American Dream. Many of them are federal employees who have already been forced to cut back as a result of some of the actions we've taken. Others are defense contractors who support our men and women in uniform, who are at the point of the spear and rely on these defense contractors to keep them well equipped and well trained. And they cannot afford the arbitrary, irrational cuts that are set to take effect in just [three] days.”
With only three days left to take action, I continue to encourage bipartisan cooperation so that we can avoid these irrational cuts and protect jobs. Both House and Senate Democrats have put forward serious alternatives that are balanced and that will avert the sequester, as has President Obama. It’s time for both parties to work together on a balanced solution.
As I continue to highlight the need to replace the the sequester, I encourage you to visit my Facebook page to share with me how these cuts will impact you and your family:
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you, and please continue to share your concerns and insights with me by contacting my office or connecting with me on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.