Offers Alternative to Sequester Cuts in Appropriations Markup
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today continued her efforts to prevent the indiscriminate, deeply harmful budget cuts known as sequestration from inflicting further hardship on American families. At an Appropriations Committee meeting DeLauro offered an amendment to the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs funding bill that would replace the cuts for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 with a more balanced, targeted, and common-sense approach.
“These across-the-board cuts are not responsible budgeting. We should be taking a balanced approach. Unemployment is unacceptably high and deficit estimates have decreased dramatically – by $200 billion in the last three months alone. If we allow these cuts to remain in effect, we will be causing more job losses, less economic growth, and less deficit reduction.
“That is not the right way forward; the amendment I offered today is. Instead of dramatically slashing vital programs like Head Start, Meals on Wheels and medical research—which are already being cut—it repeals oil and gas subsidies at a time of extraordinary profits. Instead of hurting small businesses and the most vulnerable families in America, it takes steps to ensure that millionaires are paying the same effective tax rate as hard-working middle-class families. And furthermore it cuts roughly $30 billion more from the deficit. I will continue pushing my colleagues to adopt a responsible approach to budgeting and spare the the families who are already struggling to get by.”
DeLauro also spoke out against the proposed funding level for the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education departments. The Majority approved an unprecedented 22 percent cut in the budget for those departments today. She is the senior Democrat on the subcommittee responsible for funding those departments and has called on Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers to schedule a markup of that bill before Memorial Day.
“The Majority has made a conscious decision to cut money from core priorities like job training, education and health care. Not only are they accepting the sequestration cuts for this year, they are multiplying it four-fold for 2014. My Republican colleagues should stand up and defend those cuts before the American public. But they know these choices are not just bad policy, they will inflict untold pain on families nationwide. Chairman Rogers should schedule an open debate expeditiously so that it is clear just where my colleagues stand on these important issues.”