The Real Sequestration Absurdity

March 6, 2013
By Allie Gregory | 1 comments

In a world of Sequester turned Snowquester, Republicans are outraged that the Obama administration would cancel all White House tours indefinitely (beginning March 9th). Former NYC Mayor called the closing "absurd." Yet for the majority of American families there are greater problems to be addressed than White House tours temporarily ending. What we find to truly be absurd is that it's March 6th--5 days after the sequester-- and Congress still hasn't remedied cuts.

Here’s 7 cuts under sequester that make Democrats outraged:

1.  Education

·  Head Start will be cut by $406 million, kicking 70,000 children out of the program.

·  Special education is cut by $840 million.

2.  Medicare

·  $9.9 billion (yes Billion!) will be cut from Medicare

3.  Health Care

·  National Institutes of Health is cut by $1.6 billion.

·  Eliminates care for more than 373,000 ‘seriously mentally ill’ people, according to the White House.

·  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cut by $323 million.

·  Global health programs are cut by $433 million.

i.  Millenium Challenge Corp $46 million cut.

ii.  USAID $291 million cut.

·  Up to 424,000 HIV Tests would cut—thousands of people with HIV would lose access to life-saving medications.

4.  Natural disaster relief

·  FEMA’s Disaster Relief budget is cut by $375 million.

·  Funding for the government’s emergency response system will be significantly slashed.

5.  Energy, Scientific research, and Environmental protection

·  NASA cut by $970 million.

·  The National Science Foundation gets cut by $388 million.

·  Energy Department’s program for securing our nukes is cut by $650 million.

·  Nuclear Regulatory Commission is cut by $55 million.

6.  American Programs for the Poor

·  Public Housing support is cut by $1.94 billion.

·  More than 100,000 formerly homeless people would lose their current housing as a result of sequestration.

·  125,000 low-income families would be at risk of losing their housing cause of rental assistance cuts.

7.  Over 700,000 jobs lost under sequestration - harmful budget cuts could hit everyone from teachers to medical researchers.

(More Sequester content and figures from the Washington Post)

So while the GOP Congressman are introducing legislation to prevent the President from playing golf—yes, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) did indeed bring such an absurd amendment to CongressDemocrats are looking for solutions. Tonight the President has invited about a dozen Republican Senators to dinner in an effort to reach a bipartisan agreement.

Democracy for America continues to strongly call for no cuts on Medicare. We would love to see the President strike a deal but only a deal we can proud of where education, health care, and American jobs and housing for families can be protected.

Categories: Healthcare Environment Budget and Taxes Economy and Jobs Education


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You are correct that Education cuts will affect Head Start and Special Ed. However, I'd like to point out that you neglected to include several thousand reading specialist teachers nationwide whose jobs are funded with federal Title One monies! We, too, are facing pink slips and the loss of our incomes. Not to mention that tens of thousands of struggling readers and writers who currently receive extra help every day at school in small groups or one on one will have their services reduced or eliminated. If I were the parent of a child who needs or presently receives extra help in reading/language arts, I'd be contacting my child's school pronto to find out if those services will still exist after June 30th!

Cynthia Burnham
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