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Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. REYES. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to the ``Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012.'' While my Democratic colleagues and I are working to stimulate the economy and create jobs, protect and extend health care coverage, and promote affordable, high-quality education for all Americans, Tea Party Republicans have launched a radical, ideological, and partisan attack on American families. The ``Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act'' is yet another misguided attempt to eliminate critical support for middle-class Americans, seniors, veterans, and children in favor of Bush Administration policies that caused the recent economic recession. It is utterly and truly irresponsible to balance the budget on the backs of our seniors, veterans, children, and families.

This bill is a joke. The Tea Party Republicans have proposed to reduce the deficit by slashing more than $300 billion dollars from programs on which millions of ordinary Americans rely. For example, this bill cuts over $33 billion dollars in funding for nutrition programs that help millions of hard-working Americans feed their families. I am appalled that my colleagues across the aisle are more concerned with cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires than supporting programs which ensure that our nation's children have enough to eat.

In addition, this extreme, hyper-partisan bill would eliminate the Social Services Block Grant program. This vital program provides much needed social services--including daycare and protective services, foster care and adoption services, and transportation and meals for elderly and disabled individuals--to roughly 23 million of the most vulnerable Americans. If that was not enough, this irresponsible piece of legislation would also slash funding for Medicaid, cut pension contributions for federal workers, and eliminate funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau--an office established to protect consumers engaged in financial transactions.

Our nation's seniors, veterans, children, and families should not be forced to bear the burden of fiscal austerity measures while millionaires and billionaires are not asked to pay their fair share in taxes. I urge my colleagues to stand together in opposition to yet another right-wing attack on programs that have a significant impact on the residents of my district and millions of ordinary Americans. I remain committed to working with my colleagues to fight against fundamentally flawed bills like the ``Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012,'' and to support a budget proposal that creates jobs, expands health care coverage, and promotes access to affordable education.

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