Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today released the following statement on the failure to reach a deal that would prevent automatic, across-the-board cuts known as sequestration from taking effect on March 1, 2013. Bonamici released a report earlier in the week detailing the effects of the cuts in Oregon.
"Once again, Congress's failure to do its job may lead to thousands of Oregonians losing their jobs. Instead of working through the weekend to repeal the harmful automatic, across-the-board sequestration cuts, Congress is going out of session.
"Oregonians don't want to see partisan battles. Families throughout our state continue to struggle because of lagging economic growth, a lack of jobs, and underfunded schools. They sent us here to fix these problems, but instead Congress has become the problem.
"Now is the time to set aside our differences and work for the good of the country. Even as sequestration is set to take effect, there is still time to avert many of its harmful consequences. Congress should stay in Washington and get the job done."