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Congresswoman Brown Again Calls on Republican Party to Avert Automatic Spending Cuts


Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Brown renewed her call for House Republicans to take swift action on a balanced plan to stop the automatic spending cuts (sequestration) 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.

Congresswoman Brown made the following statement:

"Congress has created a man made economic crisis by allowing Sequestration to come to fruition. To me, this crisis should have a new label: the House Republican manufactured disaster!

Just last year, the Republicans took $115 Billion and handed it over to 6000 of the wealthiest Americans in the form of tax cuts! At the same time, they cut health care funding for needy children and their families.

Who feels the pain under the Sequester? Not the wealthy, but the people who need and deserve our support the most: children, senior citizens, those with disabilities, the military, and our own mothers and fathers!
In Florida, we have already had to cancel the deployment of one ship at Mayport, and the Defense Department is prepared to furlough just under a million civilian employees across the nation (and 31,000 in the state of Florida).

And throughout the state of Florida, we will begin to see drastic, indiscriminate, across-the-board, automatic spending cuts. Whether it is children in school, seniors, college students struggling to pay for college, people looking for a job, women who are the victims of violence, or our public safety and health, our state will be inflicted with the damaging impact of these severe cuts. Beyond a doubt, Florida residents cannot afford another self-inflicted wound from Washington.

On behalf of all Florida residents I call on the House Republican leadership to do what is right for our nation's economy, security and families and take action to avert these damaging and horrible spending cuts.

To date, Senate and House Democrats have offered fair, balanced plans to avert these damaging cuts, and these proposals are built on responsible spending cuts, increased revenues, and growth with jobs. Yet Republicans have refused to work toward compromise on a plan to reduce the deficit because they refuse to ask the wealthy to pay a little more by closing tax loopholes.

With every passing day, thousands of jobs are at risk, the security of middle class families hang in the balance, and the safety of neighborhoods across the state of Florida are in jeopardy. Our nation's economy cannot afford any further uncertainty, obstruction, and delay: too much is at stake.

The devastating and widespread impact to local communities here in Florida includes:

* Teachers and Schools: Florida will lose approximately $54.5 million for primary and secondary education, putting around 750 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition, about 95,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 130 fewer schools would receive funding.

* Education for Children with Disabilities: Florida will lose approximately $31.1 million for about 380 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

* College Aid and Work-Study Jobs: Around 6,250 fewer low income students in Florida would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 1,700 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 2,700 children in Florida, reducing access to critical early education.

* Military Readiness: in Florida, approximately 31,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $183.2 million in total.

* Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds: Florida will lose about $970,000 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 78,960 fewer Florida residents will get the help and skills they need to find employment, as Florida will lose about $2.3 million in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement.

* Child Care: Up to 1,600 disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the state of Florida could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.

* Vaccines for Children: Around 7,450 fewer children in Florida 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: Florida could lose up to $404,000 to provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 1500 fewer victims being served.

* Nutrition for Seniors: the state of Florida would lose approximately $3.8 million in funding to help provide meals for seniors.

* Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Florida would lose about $5.2 million to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.

* Public Health: Florida will lose approximately $1.8 million 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, the state will lose about $5 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 4,500 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Florida State Department of Public Health will lose about $1.4 million, resulting in around 35,900 fewer HIV tests.

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