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Perlmutter: Republicans Give 800,000 Americans Pink Slip While they Sleep

Location: Washington, DC

Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) voted against the Republican's irresponsible spending plan which will cost nearly 1 million jobs nationwide, destroy the tentative economic recovery, abandons our country's competitive edge and guts millions of dollars from the state of Colorado when we can least afford it.

Perlmutter stated, "My number one priority is to get people back to work because that's the best thing we can do to pay our debt and move forward toward economic stability. While most of America was sleeping, John Boehner and the Republicans said "so be it" and essentially gave 800,000 people pink slips in the middle of the night. They said they wanted to cut -- but what they really did was gut. Their plan guts a woman's right to choose, takes cops off the beat and off Wall Street. Saturday morning, the hardworking people in Colorado woke up to a scenario where good-paying, stable, private-sector jobs in our state will be wiped out for so many engineers, scientists, teachers and construction workers. This is irresponsible, and does nothing to build jobs."

"I am serious about paying down our deficit, and that's why I voted to make additional cuts in wasteful and fraudulent spending. But to move our country forward toward long-term economic stability, security and sustained job growth here in our country, we have to both cut our spending and reduce our debt, as well as make critical, necessary investments in education for our children and rebuild our aging transportation and energy infrastructure."

"I will continue to fight for the hardworking people in the 7th CD to make sure we are building good jobs in our state, stabilizing our economy, and helping transition to new ways to power our country."

Perlmutter voted to cut the following wasteful spending:

* $450 million from the F-35 alternate engine (Rooney Amendment) $500 million from the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund (Walter Jones Amendment)
* $34 million from the National Drug Intelligence Center (Flake Amendment 368)
* $19 million from Defense Department independent commissions (Flake Amendment #370)
* $415 million from V-22 Osprey procurement (Gutierrez amendment)

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