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September 23, 2013
September 23, 2013
Dear Senator Reid and Senator McConnell.
Dear Senator Reid and Senator McConnell.
Thank you for your hard work in the US Senate addressing critical issues that are
Thank you for your hard work in the US Senate addressing critical issues that are facing our
country. We write today to express our opposition to a continuing resolution (CR) for FY 2014
that funds the government at $986 billion, which would lock in cuts made by the sequester. As
you know, the sequester budget has slowed our economic recovery and has deprived the most
vulnerable Americans of assistance on which they rely. The economic and social harm resulting
from the sequester will accelerate with each successive year. In contrast a clean CR would
warrant support from the Democratic Caucus in the House.
We cannot support funding levels that add to the extensive damage already caused by the
sequester. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the sequester could cost as many
as 1.6 million jobs in 2014. It has already cut nutrition assistance to children, research for
diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’ s Disease, education for children from low-income families,
disaster relief grants and other important programs that we entrust to the public sector. Extending
post-sequester levels will create a dangerous new baseline that locks in historically low funding
levels. The House passed CR, which amounts to a 15 percent cut from enacted 2013 levels to
nondefense discretionary accounts, endorses the destructive cuts demanded by sequester. Worse,
it deepens the cuts to non-defense accounts while signaling intention to alleviate only the defense
cuts.
A
vote for a CR at $986 billion is a vote to continue the policy that will cost Americans millions
of
jobs when they are desperately needed. We join our leadership and colleagues in strong
opposition to the sequester and the CR funding level that locks it in. We urge you to do the
same.
Sincerely,
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