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Congressman Carson Calls on GOP to Act on Balanced Plan to Avert Automatic Spending Cuts

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

Congressman André Carson today renewed his call for House Republicans to take swift action on a balanced plan to stop automatic spending cuts that would threaten our economy as well as a range of vital services for children, seniors, small businesses, and our men and women in uniform. Last night, the White House released a new report outlining the devastating impact of these cuts which are scheduled to take place this Friday, March 1st.

"This report is yet another stark reminder of the damage these indiscriminate, automatic spending cuts would inflict on our economy and on the safety and security of families here in Indiana," said Congressman Carson. "Whether it is local schoolchildren, hungry seniors, students struggling to pay for college, people looking for a job, women who are the victims of violence, or our public safety and health, this report details the clear consequences of inaction in Congress. Hoosiers cannot afford another self-inflicted wound from Washington."

"That is why on behalf of all Hoosiers, not just those in the 7th District, I have joined with my colleagues to call on the House Republican leadership to do what is right for our nation's economy, security and families and take action this week on a balanced plan to avert these damaging and arbitrary spending cuts."

"Senate and House Democrats are prepared to act on a fair and balanced plan. Our proposals are built on responsible spending cuts, not ones that would cripple our economy and hurt working families."

"Our nation's economy cannot afford any further uncertainty, obstruction, and delay. Too much is at stake."

The White House report demonstrates some of the devastating and widespread impact to local communities here in Indiana:

Teachers and Schools: Indiana will lose approximately $13.8 million for primary and secondary education, putting around 190 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition, about 12,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 50 fewer schools would receive funding.

Education for Children with Disabilities: Indiana will lose approximately $12.4 million for about 150 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

College Aid and Work-Study Jobs: Around 2,170 fewer low income students in Indiana would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 1,020 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.

Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 1,000 children in Indiana, reducing access to critical early education.

Military Readiness: In Indiana, approximately 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $64.4 million in total.

Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds: Indiana will lose about $262,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.

Job Search Assistance: Around 24,290 fewer Hoosiers will get the help and skills they need to find employment as Indiana will lose about $683,000 for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning.

Child Care: Up to 600 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.

Vaccines for Children: In Indiana, around 2,770 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations.

Violence Against Women Grants: Indiana could lose up to $138,000 to provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 500 fewer victims being served.

Nutrition for Seniors: Indiana would lose approximately $820,000 to help provide meals for seniors.

Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Indiana would lose about $3.3 million to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

Public Health: Indiana will lose approximately $619,000 to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, Indiana will lose about $1.7 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 1,100 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Indiana State Department of Public Health will lose about $146,000 resulting in around 3,700 fewer HIV tests.

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