Congress Leaves DC as Sequestration Kicks In

Washington, DC – March 1, 2013 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14)  released the following statement today expressing his anger and frustration that the deadline for avoiding automatic budget cuts had arrived without Congress taking action to prevent them.

“For the last 5 years, the American people have been struggling to hang on through the Great Recession and a slow, difficult economic recovery. Nobody ever said that the Federal Government could solve all our problems overnight, but I thought we all agreed that Congress shouldn’t make things worse. And yet, that is exactly what Congress has done under the influence of conservatives who believe that the solution to all our problems consists of deep, immediate cuts in government programs.

“Today, sequestration kicks in. It won’t have a big impact immediately, but the damage will grow over time. Sequestration will destroy at least 750,000 jobs and slow the fragile economic recovery.

“It didn’t have to be this way. I have supported efforts to replace sequestration’s thoughtless and counterproductive cuts with an alternative that protected programs serving mainstream America while eliminating wasteful corporate welfare and asking the wealthiest among us to bear their fair share.

“Democrats have an alternative to sequestration that would be a lot better for the economy and American families. It would cut unnecessary agricultural subsidies, eliminate special tax breaks for big oil companies, and make the Buffet Rule part of our tax code.
 
“But House Republicans won’t allow a vote on it. Democrats have tried to bring it to the House Floor several times, but the Republican majority has repeatedly prevented it.
 
“The American People deserve a vote on an alternative to sequestration. But after remarkably little legislative work so far this year, the House Republican Leadership has sent us home on the very day that sequestration hits.
 
“I strongly believe that Congress should have remained in session this weekend to work on preventing or reversing sequestration. At the very least, I think that Congress should stay in session in order to be able to address any unforeseen consequences of the sequester."

 
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