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Congressman Dan Kildee Calls on House Republicans to Act on Balanced Plan to Avert Automatic Sequester Cuts

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Location: Washington, DC

The White House has released a new report detailing the harmful impact automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, would have on Michigan and our national economy, absent congressional action by the end of the week. Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today renewed his call for House Republicans to take action immediately on a balanced plan to stop the automatic spending cuts from taking effect, which threaten our economy as well as a range of vital services for children, seniors, students, small businesses and men and women in the military.

"This latest report shows that sequestration would be devastating for Michigan's economy. These deep, automatic cuts will eliminate hundreds of thousands jobs across the country, slash critical services for middle class families, seniors and children, and cut economic growth -- exactly the opposite of what we should be doing as our economy continues to recover," said Congressman Kildee.

The new report demonstrates some of the widespread impact the sequester would have on local communities across Michigan:

Education: Michigan stands to lose approximately $22 million for primary and secondary education, cutting services for 25,000 children and putting 300 teachers and classroom aides at risk. Additionally, $20.3 million would be cut for teachers, aides and staff who help children with disabilities.
Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 2,300 children in Michigan, reducing access to critical early education.
Military Readiness: 10,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed in Michigan, reducing gross pay by approximately $67.7 million. Additionally, base operation funding would be cut by $14 million.
Law Enforcement and Public Safety: Michigan would lose $482,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement and crime victim and witness initiatives.
Job Search Assistance: Michigan would lose about $1.7 million in funding for job search assistance, meaning that 54,400 fewer people would get the help and skills training they need to find employment.
Work-Study Jobs: 2,490 fewer low-income students in Michigan would receive aid to help them pay for college, with an additional 1,300 fewer students getting work-study jobs.
Water and Air Protection: $5.9 million in reduced funding for environmental funding to ensure clean air and water. In addition, Michigan would lose $1.5 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
Public Health: Michigan would lose approximately $944,000 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. Additionally, 4,400 fewer children would receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza and Hepatitis B.
Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: Michigan would lose $1.8 million in funds to provide meals for seniors.
Additionally, sequestration would also have national implications, including fewer food inspections, cuts to federal law enforcement such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Customs and Border Patrol, reduced aviation security and services, and drastic cuts to medical research and innovation.

"I stand ready to act, having cosponsored legislation with my Democratic colleagues to avert the sequester, but unfortunately House Republican leaders won't even let the bill come to the floor for a vote," Congressman Kildee said. "Michigan residents are tired of manufactured eleventh-hour budget showdowns. Republican inaction threatens to leave the indiscriminate sequester cuts in place -- threatening jobs, undermining public safety and first responders, injecting uncertainty into our markets, and harming our economy."

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