Representative James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today as the across-the-board cuts from sequestration took effect.
"Today, I grieve for the families in our federal workforce whose lives became more uncertain with the implementation of sequestration," said Representative Lankford.
"While some in Washington flippantly throw our astronomical debt and deficit numbers around, the numbers represent real salaries and benefits for real, hardworking American families. We must reduce our spending, but when the House gave the Senate two opportunities to change the recent trend of trillion-dollar deficit through targeted cuts instead of sequestration, the Senate failed to even consider our bill.
"The House voted twice to replace the sequester with common-sense reforms and cuts that would not have impacted our families in this manner," continued Lankford. "After the Senate failed to act to avoid the cuts, last spring the House and Senate managed to pass a bill to require the Administration to provide families with transparency and clarity on the cuts. The Administration failed to lead in coordinating the affected agency cuts.
"In an effort to continue to help our federal workforce families, next week the House plans to vote to provide more flexibility for our defense, national security, and other impacted federal agencies while maintaining the spending cap. I look forward to working with my colleagues to establish some certainty for those impacted by the sequester," concluded Lankford.