I continue to urge Congress to replace the arbitrary spending cuts known as sequestration with a deficit reduction plan that includes a balanced mix of smart, targeted spending cuts and additional revenues. Unfortunately, due to Congress’s failure to reach such an agreement, communities in the Fifth District and across the country are already feeling the impact of the sequester. I was deeply disappointed that civilian defense furloughs began at Pax River, Webster Field, Indian Head, and other defense installations in our state last week, which has a significant impact on working families, our local economy, and national security. Additionally, families and individuals could feel the impact of the sequester in other ways if Congress does not take action to address it, including fewer children in Head Start programs, teacher jobs at risk, fewer meals for seniors, and less housing assistance for low-income families.
Over the past several months, I’ve been meeting with constituents and receiving feedback in letters and on social media on what these cuts mean for communities in the Fifth District. I’ve been sharing these stories with my colleagues to highlight the urgency of replacing this irrational policy. Together, I’m hopeful we can put pressure on other Members of Congress to work toward a bipartisan solution, and I’d like to invite you to participate in a Twitter Town Hall I am hosting to continue discussing how furloughs or other consequences of sequestration are affecting you and your family. Other Members of the Maryland Delegation, who are also advocating for a balanced alternative to the sequester, will be joining us and answering your questions.
Please follow me on Twitter at @WhipHoyer and submit your question or comments about sequestration to me by using this hashtag: #AskMDDems. If you do not use Twitter, you can e-mail your question to AskMDDems@gmail.com or post it on my Facebook page.
I look forward to hearing from you and discussing this important matter.