Sequester Hits Pocketbooks and Hits Home

April 16, 2013

Last week, President Obama presented his FY14 budget proposal, which would end sequestration through increased revenues and spending cuts. In March, the Senate adopted an FY14 budget resolution that would end sequestration through revenues and cuts, while the budget adopted by the House of Representatives that same week would continue sequestration. AAUW believes it’s time for Congress and the president to pass and enact a budget that will end the thoughtless cuts and needless harms of sequestration.

If you’d have asked me a year or even two months ago, I would have said there was no way sequestration (significant across-the-board cuts to domestic and defense spending) would actually happen. I would have wagered my lobbyist credentials that there was no way Washington would be so intransigent and let something this major and this stupid happen. (For more information about how we got here, check out our Budget 101 blog series.)

I would have been wrong. Sequestration happened. And it’s continuing to happen across the country, with real impacts on people’s lives and pocketbooks. The Huffington Post recently published a list of sequestration’s local impacts, including

This is not at all a comprehensive list — it’s selected stories from a news article. But every story shows the effects of sequestration and how it’s destroying jobs and opportunities. This is why AAUW has opposed sequestration since it was first proposed and why we continue to call on Congress to end it.

AAUW has said it before and will say it again: We believe that the best way to reduce the country’s deficit is to create jobs and increase revenues and to close corporate tax loopholes while continuing the current tax rates for the middle class. Indiscriminately slashing federal spending does not do this; it only makes things worse.

AAUW is a nonpartisan organization, but we’re also multipartisan, representing a variety of political affiliations and viewpoints. Despite our differences, AAUW members come together to get things done and serve our communities. Congress should do the same. AAUW members want Congress to support budget policies that further the principles of fairness and fiscal responsibility and protect women and their families.

Beth Scott By:   |   April 16, 2013