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Rep. Andrews Urges Congress to Act on Balanced Plan to Avert Automatic Spending Cuts

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, a new report was released by the White House on the harm that automatic spending cuts scheduled to occur on Friday would cause here in New Jersey. Rep. Andrews renewed his call for Congress to take swift action on a balanced plan to stop these automatic spending cuts referred to as sequestration. The looming cuts threaten our economy as well as a range of vital services for children, seniors, small businesses, and our men and women in uniform.

"In four days, a self-inflicted wound is about to be launched at the U.S. economy. The so-called "sequester' will cost between 700,000 and three-quarters of a million American jobs over time according to the Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf. In my district I have heard all about this looming consequence -- from defense contractors employed at Lockheed Martin, transportation contracting firms, federal employees at the IRS, USDA and various other departments -- they are all wondering if they'll be furloughed or laid off," said Rep. Rob Andrews. "Speaker Boehner should call the Congress back into session and we should act to avoid this self-inflicted wound to our economy."

This new report demonstrates some of the devastating and widespread impact to local communities here in New Jersey:

Teachers and Schools: New Jersey will lose approximately $11.7 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 15,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 60 fewer schools would receive funding.

Education for Children with Disabilities: New Jersey will lose approximately $17 million in funds for about 210 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

College Aid and Work-Study Jobs: Around 1,480 fewer low income students in New Jersey would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 650 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 1,300 children in New Jersey, reducing access to critical early education.

Military Readiness: In New Jersey, approximately 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $75 million in total.

Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $52 million in New Jersey.
Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in New Jersey would be cut by about $7 million.

Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds: New Jersey will lose about $336,000 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.

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 New Jersey around 3,930 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 of about $268,000.

Violence Against Women Grants: New Jersey could lose up to $187,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 700 fewer victims being served.

Nutrition for Seniors: New Jersey would lose approximately $488,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.

Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: New Jersey would lose about $4,891,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, New Jersey could lose another $472,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

Public Health: New Jersey will lose approximately $840,000 in funds 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, New Jersey will lose about $2,330,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3100 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services will lose about $752,000 resulting in around 18,800 fewer HIV tests.

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