U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) issued the following statement today after voting for the Democratic alternative to sequestration:
"I opposed the deal that set up these dangerous cuts because I was concerned about the effect on middle-class families. Today, we had a chance to vote for a balanced approach to reducing the deficit and avoiding the sequester, but Republicans once again chose to protect corporations and the wealthiest few and force American families to make up the difference. Sequestration puts tens of thousands of middle-class jobs in New Jersey at risk, and threatens vital programs that help children and their families, seniors, students, small businesses, domestic violence victims, and our men and women in uniform."
Senator Lautenberg voted against the legislation that created the sequester in August 2011.
A list of how sequestration cuts would hurt New Jersey can be viewed here.