Video: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Gives Floor Speech on Serious Impact of Sequestration in Illinois

Bustos: Sequestration Is “Budgetary Insanity”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) gave a one minute floor speech about the serious impact sequestration could have on her region of Illinois, why she’s been opposed to sequestration from the beginning, and why Congress needs to come together to find a common sense solution to avert the sequester.

Bustos’ prepared remarks are below. 

Mr Speaker, I rise to speak out against the automatic cuts known as sequestration, which are set to kick in days from now.

These cuts were designed to be so painful and terrible they would never see the light of day.

This is budgetary insanity. 
That is why I have been opposed to sequestration from the beginning.  

Earlier today, I met with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the Rock Island Arsenal.

Last week, I met with a defense company in Rockford and the USDA Research Lab in Peoria, Illinois, which is credited with discovering how to mass produce penicillin.

These groups are rightfully worried about the impact of sequestration.

Job losses because of this flawed budget process will have a trickle-down effect throughout our region.

Our residents will have less money to eat out, see a movie and shop in our small businesses.

We cannot afford to let this happen. 

I introduced the Government Waste Reduction Act, a bipartisan, common sense bill to reduce government waste while protecting the middle class.

This is the type of approach that is reasonable, responsible and rational.

We need to get our budget in order, but it cannot be on the backs of the middle class.

I urge both parties to come together to find a bipartisan, balanced solution before March 1.

Thank you.