Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Again Calls for House to Stay in Session Until Sequester is Avoided

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) again called on Speaker John Boehner to keep the House in session until a deal is reached to avoid sequestration.  With the House set to recess today for the weekend, Bustos warned that the imminent across-the-board cuts, which are set to kick-in tomorrow, would have a negative impact on the economy and would lead to job losses.  In her letter to Speaker Boehner, Bustos urged the House to stay in town over the weekend and work on a deal.

Two weeks ago, Bustos also called on Speaker Boehner to keep the House in session.  Her call for action was not heeded and the House went into recess for a full week without a plan to avert the sequester.

Bustos has always opposed sequestration, or the across-the-board spending cuts, because of the negative impact it could have on middle class families and communities across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.

Earlier this month, Bustos introduced the Government Waste Reduction Act (H.R. 530), a bipartisan common sense bill that would help reduce the deficit in a balanced way by reducing duplicative services and rooting out waste in government, while preserving crucial services and programs. 

“With sequestration set to kick-in tomorrow, it is unconscionable that Congress would go home for the weekend rather than working together to stop sequestration in its tracks,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  “We need to cut the deficit in a balanced way, not take an ax to our economy.  That’s why I’ve proposed the Government Waste Reduction Act, a bipartisan common sense bill to help reduce the deficit while keeping in place the programs middle class families rely on.  I urge Congress to stay in town until we take sequestration off the table.”

A copy of the letter can be found HERE and is below.

February 28, 2013

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House of Representatives
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner,

I urge you to not let the House of Representatives go out of session today.  Tomorrow, the sequester takes effect and we cannot afford to let these across-the-board cuts happen.  The sequester could lead to job losses and an economic downturn in communities across the country, including those in your home state of Ohio and my home state of Illinois.  These cuts must be replaced with a balanced solution. 

We can start with implementing the Government Waste Reduction Act, a bipartisan, common sense piece of legislation that could save tens of billions of dollars by reducing unnecessary duplicative government services and programs while protecting those that middle class folks across the country rely on.  This is the type of approach that is reasonable, responsible, and rational.

Economic experts, as well as the American people, have asked us to act to avoid sequestration.  In order to protect the economy and prevent greater uncertainty for middle class families and small businesses, we need to stay in session until a solution is found.


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