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Obama Calls for Short-term Fix to Sequestration

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February 6, 2013

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Obama Calls for Short-term Fix to Sequestration

At a press conference in the White House yesterday, President Obama called on Congress to act quickly to delay the automatic, across-the-board cuts through sequestration. If Congress and the Administration are unable to reach an agreement to fix the sequester before March 1, federal funding for Perkins—along with most other education and workforce training programs—will be drastically reduced; impacting the 2013-14 school year. The president put forward few specifics on what he would like to see included in a plan to avert the sequester, beyond echoing previous demands for a “balanced approach” that consists of both increased revenue and targeted cuts.

With the deadline for sequestration fast approaching, President Obama pushed for a short-term delay that might provide more time to create a permanent fix to the sequester. He argued that allowing sequestration to go into effect would cause greater economy instability and would devastate important domestic and national security programs. “Deep, indiscriminate cuts to things like education and training, energy and national security will cost us jobs, and it will slow down our recovery.  It’s not the right thing to do for the economy,” said Obama.

Congressional Republicans have resisted the idea of using any new tax revenue and argued for greater cuts in discretionary and mandatory funding to reduce the debt. “We believe there is a better way to reduce the deficit, but Americans do not support sacrificing real spending cuts for more tax hikes,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). He added, “The president’s sequester should be replaced with spending cuts and reforms that will start us on the path to balancing the budget in 10 years.”

CTE continues to be under threat of drastic cuts. Tell Congress that we need action now! Tell them that Perkins can’t afford any more cuts!

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