This week, I was disappointed that the House did nothing to address the spending cuts imposed by sequestration. While I believe we must reduce the deficit, sequestration is an irrational process that cuts our highest and lowest priorities equally. This approach to deficit reduction could harm our economy, our local defense community, and our national security over the coming weeks and months. Instead, we need a balanced alternative that will bring down the deficit while protecting investments in our future.
Recognizing the need for an alternative, I have co-sponsored a bill that would have stopped the arbitrary cuts imposed by the sequester. Unfortunately, House Republican leaders, who control the House agenda, have not brought that alternative to the Floor for a vote.
Because the impact of the sequester will build over time, we can still act to prevent the worst consequences and end the uncertainty that so many Maryland families and businesses are experiencing. I will continue to urge my colleagues to work on a bipartisan basis so we can avoid the harmful impact this process could have on our local economy and put our nation on a fiscally sustainable path.
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