SIGN ON to STOP SEQUESTRATION!
SAVE domestic programs that protect low-income Americans, build the middle class and safeguard our national infrastructure
Join responsible elected officials in calling for a stop to the March 1 sequestration budget cuts!
On March 1, “sequestration” – automatic, across-the-board cuts to the nation’s “discretionary” budget – is primed to drastically reduce programs and services that mean survival for millions of low-income Americans and keep the middle class from sliding into economic distress. The indiscriminate cuts would also damage vital federal services that keep us all safe.
The sequester goal is to cut $1.1 trillion out of domestic and military budgets over 10 years. If it is not stopped, sequestration would mean $55 billion per year in arbitrary reductions to domestic programs and another $55 billion a year to the defense budget.
The unconscionable cuts would indiscriminately slash programs and opportunities for low-income working families, children, youth and seniors, and dangerously reduce staffing for federal programs such as air traffic control, medical research, environmental protection and many more.
The New York Times called sequestration a “mindless government austerity program” and warned that more than a million jobs will be lost if the cuts go through. Many economists say it would spell disaster to economic recovery and is the worst possible way to reduce the federal budget.
The automatic, across-the board budget reductions, scheduled in a 2011 Congressional “deal” when lawmakers battled over whether to raise the debt ceiling, were rescheduled from January 1 to March 1, 2013 during this New Year’s “fiscal cliff” crisis.
The programs set to be hit by the sequester include Head Start, heating assistance, housing programs, women’s health, medical research, aid to cities and towns, school aid, environmental protections, food inspection, air traffic control and many more.
These cuts don’t save money. They cost American taxpayers more in the future. The programs slated for cuts keep people working and paying taxes. They build futures. They save lives.
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