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Quigley Calls on Congress to Avert Sequester Citing Damaging Local Effects


Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) issued the following statement after speaking on the House floor regarding the damage sequestration will have to Illinois and the Chicago area:

"For the dozens of groups I've met with over the last week, the sequester is not some abstract budgeting term but something that will have real, damaging effects. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago estimates 125 AIDS-afflicted families will lose their housing under sequestration. Illinois Partners for Human Service and the Ounce of Prevention Fund informed me that 4,000 children in Illinois won't receive Head Start Services.

"There is no question we need to address our unsustainable debt and deficit but the cure shouldn't be worse than the disease. Sequestration is budgeting with a meat cleaver, it's absurd, and it's got to end. Congress must come together now and compromise on a solution that is a big, balanced, bipartisan like the plan modeled on Simpson-Bowles."

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