Today, Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44) released the following statement on the sequestration deadline:
"The clock is ticking once again. This "man-made crisis" is threatening both our nation's economy and our national security. The effects of sequestration, only 1 day away, could lead to 10 percent of FAA's workforce of 40,000 furloughed on any given day resulting in reduced air traffic controllers, longer delays, and economic losses for air transportation and tourism -- potentially paralyzing our nation's transportation system.
Fewer air traffic controllers means fewer flights which means less tourism, and that means fewer jobs in hotels and restaurants -- a ripple effect that could cripple our economy. Every round trip flight at Los Angeles Airport generates approximately $623 million annually and provides 3,120 local jobs. The number one issue in my district and across this nation is jobs. Communities in my district are already hard hit with an unemployment rate as high as 16.9%, well over the national rate of 7.9%, and one of the highest in the country.
These sudden and steep cuts will dramatically impact the lives of everyday hard-working Americans. Struggling families, children and seniors will bear most of the burden from our failure. In California alone, 1,210 teachers could lose their jobs, 8,200 California children will lose access to school readiness programs and 30,000 low-income children of working parents would lose child care assistance. We cannot take our economy backwards at a time when the American people have worked too hard and too long to rebuild it. We must stop kicking the can down the road and governing from crisis to crisis. We owe it to the American people to act now to avert these unnecessary cuts and enact legislation that will help create jobs, strengthen the middle class, grow the economy and responsibly reduce the deficit."