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ALG blasts budget deal rolling back $65 billion sequestration


Dec. 10, 2013, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement blasting the budget deal that will cancel the $65 billion sequestration over the next two years:

"It is disappointing that House Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan would bust the $65 billion sequestration and raise government fees and other assessments, in return for other supposed cuts in the out years that likely will just be rolled back later. The sequester needed restructuring as it disproportionately hurt our national defense capabilities, but Ryan's plan to raise taxes is unacceptable, and the supposed out year cuts are simply a cynical insult to taxpayers who now know that when push comes to shove, the cuts will not be kept.

"This is just one more example of how out of touch our national leaders are to the real priorities of the American public. It must be defeated by those who believe in keeping the size and scope of government under control."


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Jeanne Shaheen's Vote For Sequestration Put Nashua Airport On Chopping Block


Concord- New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Horn said today that Jeanne Shaheen's vote this week on transportation funding legislation violates the spending caps she once supported when she voted for across the board sequestration reductions that have resulted in Nashua Airport being put on the chopping block.


"Jeanne Shaheen proudly voted for sequestration, even though she knew it would put Nashua Airport on the chopping block. But this week she tried to cover her tracks by voting for a bloated spending bill that violates the budget caps she once voted for, despite knowing that it would trigger another round of arbitrary spending cuts that could shutter Nashua Airport. Jeanne Shaheen is the sequestration queen, she voted for it and she owns it. Shaheen needs to explain why she backed legislation that has kept Nashua Airport under the constant threat of closure ever since."






WEEK IN REVIEW: US Rep Shea-Porter Works to Stop Sequestration 

WASHINGTON, D.C – One week after sequestration began creating reckless and irresponsible cuts to our economy, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter worked to protect New Hampshire’s middle class from its most harmful effects. From meeting with Granite State veterans to cosponsoring legislation that would replace sequestration with a balanced approach, Congresswoman Shea-Porter is committed to working towards saving the hundreds of thousands of jobs and vital services set to be lost due to this reckless policy.

“Instead of imposing indiscriminate cuts on the Department of Defense and other programs vital to middle class security, we should replace sequestration with a balanced approach that increases revenue, decreases spending, and creates jobs,” said Shea-Porter. “I am hopeful that we can compromise to avert these self-inflicted wounds from Washington, but I refuse to accept any plan that fails the test of balance by leaving corporate tax loopholes open and closing the pathway to the middle class.”  

See below for details from the week.

·         Cosponsorship of H.R. 699, the Stop the Sequester Job Loss Now Act

Congresswoman Shea-Porter cosponsored the Stop the Sequester Job Loss Now Act, which eliminates sequestration for calendar year 2013 entirely while reducing the deficit by more than the amount of the scheduled across-the-board spending cuts. It makes specific policy choices that reduce the deficit in a balanced way, with a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases. The bill also calls for a balanced solution to stop the full multi-year sequester.

·         Statement to the House Budget Committee about the impact of sequestration on New Hampshire

Congresswoman Shea-Porter issued a statement to the House Budget Committee about the effects of sequestration on New Hampshire, specifically highlighting the importance of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to the region’s economy and the country’s national defense. She encouraged the committee to replace sequestration’s arbitrary cuts with a balanced plan that responsibly cuts spending and removes unnecessary tax breaks for special interests, saying, “In order to keep our national defense strong, I ask you to restore the budget of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to the funding level that existed prior to implementation of the defense sequester.”

·         Voting Against the Continuing Resolution that, according to the National Journal, “embraced sequestration”

Congresswoman Shea-Porter voted against a Continuing Resolution that reinforces the mindless cuts that will hurt hiring and incomes, slow the recovery, and keep deficits larger than otherwise.

·         Meeting with the New Hampshire Veterans

Congresswoman Shea-Porter met with New Hampshire veterans to talk about the sequester’s impact on our national security. Although the Department of Veterans Affairs is exempt from sequestration, the Department of Labor’s Veterans Transition Assistance Program, which serves over 150,000 veterans a year, would have to reduce operations – leaving thousands of transitioning veterans unserved as they move from active duty to civilian life.  

·         Meeting with Major General William N. Reddel III, The Adjutant General, New Hampshire

Congresswoman Shea-Porter spoke with General Reddel about her commitment to averting sequestration.

·         Cosponsorship of H.R. 900, the Cancel the Sequester Act of 2013

The set of across-the-board cuts passed into law by the previous Congress - of which Shea-Porter was not a member - was purposely designed to be a bad idea and was never intended to become law.  It was supposed to be so unthinkable as to force a compromise – but it failed.  With Congress unable to craft a bipartisan agreement that takes the sequester off the table, Washington has a duty to avert these catastrophic cuts by any means necessary. That is why Congresswoman Shea-Porter cosponsored the “Cancel the Sequester Act,” a one-sentence bill that would repeal the section of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that created the sequester. 

Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. economy created 246,000 private sector jobs in February and unemployment dropped to 7.7%. This is welcome news and continues to build on 36 consecutive months of private sector job growth. But in order to continue this momentum and avoid the 750,000 American jobs set to be lost this year due to sequestration, Congress must do their job and replace these haphazard cuts with a balanced approach that reduces spending and increases revenue.


Congresswoman Shea-Porter Votes Against Continuing Resolution that Fails to Address Sequestration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) issued the following statement regarding her vote against a Continuing Resolution that, according to the National Journal, “embraces the sequestration cuts that went into effect last week.”

“This Continuing Resolution will not prevent the irresponsible and economically damaging effects of sequestration which will slow the recovery, cost the economy hundreds of thousands of jobs, and reduce funding for programs critical to the middle class. Furthermore, today’s bill does nothing to prevent the $46 billion sequester for the Department of Defense which will result in civilian furloughs, deployment and training cutbacks, and facility maintenance cuts. What is needed in Washington is not another outdated budget; it’s the will to come together and make the tough decisions about spending and revenues that will strengthen the middle class and grow our economy.”

“It is unfortunate that the Speaker of the House blocked an amendment that responsibly cuts spending, reduces the deficit in a balanced way and avoids the most harmful effects of sequestration.”

“I will continue to fight for a balanced plan to avert sequestration, reduce the deficit and strengthen the middle class.”


ALG's Daily Grind - Sequester better than no cuts at all

Nov. 16, 2012

Sequester better than no cuts at all

If members of Congress disagree with the composition of the cuts, with a $16.24 trillion debt that will climb to $26 trillion by 2022, they should fight for offsetting spending cuts elsewhere in the budget, not cancel sequestration all together.

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McMorris-Rodgers ascension spells trouble for IMF European bailout

With Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, now the Republican's chief messenger, battling for stopping the IMF $100 billion blank check, maybe some fiscal sanity will prevail on Capitol Hill.


Twinkie Maker 'Crippled' by Strike to Shut Down, Fire 18,000

The following featured column from Bloomberg Businessweek, highlights the end of Hostess Brand Inc., world-renowned cupcake maker, due to the crippling union strike.