Congressman Richard E. Neal, a senior Democrat on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, today released an analysis compiled by the White House that shows the significant impact that sequestration would have here in Massachusetts. The $ 85 billion in automatic spending cuts, scheduled to go into effect on Friday, March 1st, will harm our economy and slash funding for vital services that benefit children, seniors, small businesses, and our brave men and women in uniform. A strong opponent of sequestration, Neal voted against the arbitrary, across-the-board spending cut proposal when it came to the House floor in 2011 during debate on the Budget Control Act.
"The vast majority of people in western Massachusetts have told me they are against sequestration because of the significant damage it could do here in the region. They believe this is just another manufactured crisis, and would rather see Congress work together in a bipartisan manner to cut taxes and reduce the deficit. I agree. With four legislative days left before the deadline, I hope a common sense, fair and balanced compromise can be reached that will prevent these devastating spending cuts from taking place. The American people are interested in solutions, not gimmicks," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.