With just two short weeks before sequestration takes effect, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) for the second day in a row spoke to the floor of the House of Representatives to warn of the dire consequences that the sequester would have on Michigan and the nation's economic recovery.
"We should be working every day to avert the sequester," Congressman Kildee said in a speech on the House floor today. "We need to find a balanced and responsible approach to reduce our deficit, not just let irrational, across-the-board cuts take effect. Doing so would devastate our economic recovery."
Yesterday, Congressman Kildee spoke on the House floor about specific programs that would be harmful to middle class families, students and seniors.
"We've already cut the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion, mostly through spending cuts," Congressman Kildee said. "There's no question we can eliminate additional wasteful spending; However, we should be strategic in finding ways to responsibly reduce our deficit and protect middle class families."
Congressman Dan Kildee is working with his Democratic colleagues to put forward a fair and balanced plan to avert the automatic sequester cuts.
Unless Congress acts in the next 14 days, sequestration would:
Eliminate 750,000 jobs by October 2013, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). According to George Mason University, Michigan alone stands to lose 31,210 jobs if sequestration goes into effect.
Kick 70,000 children out of Head Start programs, with 30,000 working parents potentially lose child care services.
Cut more than $750 million in K-12 funding for Title I schools, which could eliminate more than 10,500 teachers and classroom aides.
Cut $1.6 billion from medical research and the National Institutes of Health, resulting in fewer projects aimed at finding treatments and cures for diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's.
Arbitrarily slash the Pentagon's operating budget by more than 20 percent, negatively affecting our military readiness and making our country less safe.
Furlough Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors, resulting in 2,100 fewer food and medical production inspections, jeopardizing our nation's food safety.
Furlough 10 percent of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) workforce, resulting in reduced air traffic control, longer travel delays and economic losses for air transportation and tourism.