Congressman Tim Ryan today voted against the FY13 spending bill proposed by the Republican House leadership as it allows the indiscriminate across-the-board sequestration cuts to remain in place. The bill passed the House of Representatives 267 -- 151. These detrimental cuts will have severe impacts across the government, cutting programs that protect the public health and safety, promote and develop our workforce, and educate the next generation of Americans.
"We had a chance today to overturn the sequester, adequately fund our government, and bring some stability to our economy," said Congressman Ryan. "We had a chance today to make sure that the research and development projects vital to our nation's defense go forward, and make sure that all students in Head Start can continue to be educated. We had a chance today to ensure proper cancer screenings will continue--and that the Affordable Health Care Act can be properly implemented. What my Republican friends chose to do is to continue to govern by manufactured crisis, continue the harmful sequester and continue to govern irresponsibly. There is a better way forward."
The enactment of this spending bill would mean another $7 billion cut to Labor, Health and Education programs, over and above the over $9 billion cut by the sequester. In the past ten years, over $12 billion has been cut from these programs, and today's bill allows further cuts to Head Start, which could cut as many as 70,000 children from the program. Job training programs face an additional $282 million cut, as would instructional services for over one million struggling disadvantaged students. This bill will also result in 25,000 fewer breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women.