Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 1765, legislation that would allow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to prevent staff shortages but does nothing to end the devastating across-the-board cuts known as sequestration:
"I guess we shouldn't be surprised that it took having to wait a little longer at the airport for Republicans to see that these devastating across-the-board cuts that they voted for as part of the Republican Budget Control Act, are, in fact, very real.
"What about all the children who can't go to preschool because of cuts to Head Start? Or the seniors who will no longer receive a hot meal? How about the hundreds of thousands of American workers who will lose a job or won't be able to find one? What about them?
"The fact is we shouldn't even be having this conversation because we shouldn't be in this position in the first place. These cuts are reckless and dangerous, which is why I opposed them from the start.
"This bill is about picking winners and losers when our focus should be on finding a balanced plan to reduce the deficit and put an end to these dangerous across-the-board spending cuts once and for all."
Congressman Crowley is the eight-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.