Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement today after Congress adjourned for the week without passing a plan to avert the automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect later today.
"Since Congress left town without passing a balanced deal to avoid the sequester, we now face the reality that these mindless, across-the-board spending cuts will actually take effect. This is not what responsible governing looks like. Instead of going home for a long weekend, Republicans and Democrats should be working together on a balanced, bipartisan plan to stop these cuts that will hurt middle class families and businesses all across New Hampshire. I call on House leadership to reconvene Congress so we can do our job."
"In New Hampshire today, teachers are in their classrooms educating our children. High-tech manufacturers are at their plants making cutting-edge goods and equipment. Nurses are in our hospitals taking care of our loved ones. People all across our state are doing their jobs. With so much at stake, it is simply unacceptable that Congress has once again failed to do the same.
"I remain hopeful that Republicans and Democrats will ultimately come together to replace these cuts with a balanced, bipartisan plan to reduce the deficit, grow the economy, and protect middle class New Hampshire families. That kind of responsible compromise remains the best and only way to address our fiscal challenges and move our country forward."