Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Calls On Speaker Boehner To Allow Up-Or-Down Vote To Replace Sequester

May 17, 2013
Press Release

Earlier This Week, Department Of Defense Announced Furloughs Of Employees Would Continue Due To Sequester Cuts

Bustos Calls On Congress To Replace Sequester With Balanced Solution That Doesn’t Lead To Job Losses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) today called on Speaker John Boehner to allow an up-or-down vote to replace the sequester with a balanced solution that doesn’t lead to job losses.  In a letter signed by 44 other freshman members of Congress, Bustos said that Congress has a “responsibility to act” in replacing the sequester.
“I’ve been against the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration from the very beginning because of the negative impact they could have on the jobs and economy of our region.  While I strongly believe we need to get our budget in order and cut spending, we cannot take an ax to our economy and put more people out of work.  That’s why I continue to call on Speaker Boehner to schedule a vote to replace the sequester with a balanced approach,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. 

“As the sequester continues to harm middle class families across our region, we need to come together and support common sense ideas like my Government Waste Reduction Act, a bipartisan bill to help reduce the deficit while protecting the middle class and our vital military installations, such as the Rock Island Arsenal,” Bustos continued.   

Bustos has always been against sequestration and has repeatedly called on Congress to work together to find a balanced, common sense way to avert the sequester.  Bustos also called on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to avoid making civilian furloughs this year and she voted to give DOD the needed flexibility to reduce spending without resorting to furloughs in March.  Earlier this week, Bustos expressed disappointment at the Department of Defense’s short-sighted decision to go ahead with a plan to furlough employees for 11 days by the end of September as the result of sequestration.

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the sequester will eliminate 750,000 jobs by October 2013.

A copy of the letter Bustos sent to Speaker Boehner can be found HERE.