Since sequestration went into effect, there seems to be two different stories about what is going on in the United States. There are some of my colleagues in Washington, D.C. who believe that since sequestration is going into effect and the world hasn’t ended, it’s best to sweep this under the rug and move on. In their world, these devastating cuts are a harsh reality that must be accepted.
However, there is a very different opinion in communities across the country. There, families and communities are starting to feel the impact of these automatic cuts, and our whole economy threatened as these senseless cuts continue to mount.
At the end of March, the Senate passed a budget that lays out a responsible path to fully replace sequestration. The Senate Budget accomplishes this goal by drawing on the bipartisan precedent set in the 2012 year-end deal. Like the year-end deal, which 40 Republicans in the Senate and 85 Republicans in the House voted for, the Senate Budget would replace half of sequestration with responsible spending cuts, and half with new revenues from the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations.
I will continue working to keep a responsible replacement for sequestration at the forefront of the debate about our fiscal challenges. But I need your help.
Parents, seniors, business owners, and workers are already sharing experiences with their elected leaders that make it clear sequestration must be replaced. And these stories are changing the one that’s being told in Washington, D.C. Elected officials are listening and we need to keep this up.
I’m asking you to help me keep the pressure on those who would prefer to let sequestration remain in effect and to share your stories about how sequestration has impacted you, your family and your community.
Together, we can fight to make sure that Americans who are looking to Washington D.C. for a solution to sequestration have their voices heard. We can work to secure a responsible replacement, end the harmful cycle of governing by crisis, and do everything we can to come together around balanced and bipartisan budget deal that puts middle class families and our economy first.
Please share your thoughts.
Senator Patty Murray, Chairman
We want to hear from you:
I have heard many stories from my constituents about how sequestration has already begun to impact them and their communities. However, we need stories from across the United States to make sure every elected official understands what these cuts really mean and the need to work together on a solution.
Please share your story of how sequestration has affected you, your family, and your community.
In March, two very different proposals were made by the Senate and the House regarding sequestration.
The Senate Budget would replace half of sequestration with responsible spending cuts, and half with new revenues from closing loopholes and ending spending in the tax code that primarily benefits the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations.
The House Republican budget would restore the defense funding but make even deeper cuts to programs that families and seniors depend on. These cuts would come from such investments in education, worker training, transportation, and so much more.
I want to know what you think about these proposals as well as your thoughts on the best path forward.