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Rep. Foster Calls On Congress To Find Sensible Alternative To Sequestration Cuts

Feb 28, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) released the following statement in advance of the sequestration cuts set to take effect tomorrow:

“The sequestration cuts set to take place tomorrow are an unfortunate symptom of a greater problem, which is our government’s failure to act to find bipartisan solutions to the critical issues we face.

“We need to address our debt and cut spending, but we need to do it in a responsible way, not with debilitating across the board cuts that will set back our economic progress and cause deep cuts in places where we can’t afford it.

“In addition to the deep cuts we face throughout the country to education, first responders and other essential services, our district faces even larger consequences with the possibility of deep cuts to our national labs.  Many people in our community work at Fermilab or Argonne – both of which could face significant budget cuts if sequestration goes through.   Cutting investments in science and technology is bad nationally for our economic competitiveness and bad for the 11th District which would see ripple effects throughout our local economy. 

“One of the most distressing aspects of sequestration is the mindless across the board application of these cuts.  There are many places where cuts are reasonable and necessary, and in fact larger cuts could be justified, but there are places which are already underfunded where cuts will be felt deeply.  I am very disappointed that Congressional Leadership has chosen to convene Congress less than half of the working days this year, rather than working out the details of a grand bargain based on shared sacrifice.

“It’s clear that Americans are fed up with the partisan gridlock and governing by crisis and so am I.  It’s time for Congress to come together and take action to replace these potentially devastating cuts with a responsible and balanced alternative.”