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Shame On The Sequester

April 29, 2013 3:29 pm ET
Just before flying back to their home districts for the Congressional recess, lawmakers passed a bill to ease the airport delays resulting from the sequester -- despite concerns from leaders who objected to ignoring the sequester's harmful impacts on ordinary Americans while fixing flight delays for themselves and other frequent flyers. Amplify that message about priorities to hold Washington accountable. 

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Congress has no sympathy for sequestration victims -- except for frequent flyers with big bank accounts.

Connect: We need leaders who care about the real life problems facing all of us, not just the rich and powerful.

Contrast: Last week, Congress decided to fix the air travel delays due to the sequester cuts to the FAA -- giving itself a head start on its Congressional recess after cutting Head Start.

Explain: Across the country, ordinary working people, children, and seniors are stuck struggling with the consequences of the sequester -- like cuts to cancer care, Head Start, and disaster relief.

Expose: Instead of saving the programs that are saving ordinary lives, Washington politicians chose to address only the sequester cuts that inconvenience them and their  politically powerful allies.

Values: Which was more shameful -- politicians in Congress voting down the background checks bill to reduce gun violence or exempting itself from the sequester pain they inflicted on the rest of us?


"It's perplexing that we're saving programs that are inconveniencing others, but we're not saving programs that are saving lives."
-- Ellie Hollander, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels

"I would invite anyone in Washington to come look my patients in the eye and tell them that waiting for a flight is a bigger problem than traveling farther and waiting longer for chemotherapy."
-- William Nibley, a doctor at Utah Cancer Specialists in Salt Lake City

"I think we have our priorities a little bit skewed here."
-- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)


Source: 12 Programs Congress Refuses To Save From Automatic Spending Cuts

  • For the millions of Americans still pounding the pavement looking for another job, the sequester cuts federal long-term unemployment benefits by up to 10%.
  • For the young children we want starting school ready to learn, the sequester cuts early childhood education and kicks 70,000 children out of Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
  • For the seniors and people with disabilities who have Medicare, the sequester cuts are forcing cancer clinics to lay off staff or turn away patients who need chemotherapy.
  • For the scientists on the verge of livesaving breakthroughs and the families waiting for them, the sequester cuts the National Institutes of Health by $1.6 billion.
  • For the families struggling to find and keep affordable housing, the sequester cuts rental assistance and programs to prevent homelessness.
  • For the students aspiring to graduate from college, the sequester cuts student aid like federal work study grants and raises fees on college loans.
  • For the seniors scrapping by and struggling to even afford food, the sequester cuts local Meals On Wheels programs.
  • For the Americans living in disaster prone areas, the sequester cuts FEMA -- threatening disaster relief and preparedness for families, cities, and states.
  • For anyone concerned about the safety of their workplaces, the sequester cuts the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is already so underfunded that many workplaces haven't had an inspection in 99 years.
  • For all the Americans who care about improving their health and the quality of their care, the sequester cuts numerous important programs coming online under the Affordable Care Act.
  • For the working parents struggling to afford child care, the sequester cuts child care subsidies for 30,000 children.
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