TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER URGES COMPROMISE ON THE QUICKLY APPROACHING FED SEQUESTER!!!
From his latest EC from DC newsletter . . . Kansas City's Congressman urges compromise amid a showdown that could bring government to a halt.
Money quote . . .
Congressman Cleaver: "We must do our jobs and find compromise to avert the across-the-board spending cuts that are looming. These debilitating, indiscriminate cuts will only hurt the economy. A recent study by George Mason University economists projects a loss of 2.14 million jobs, if the sequester is implemented. 51,091 of these jobs would be lost in Missouri alone, according to their analysis."
Check the entirety of Rep. Cleaver's comments on the upcoming sequester from his latest e-mail blast:
SEQUESTER RAPIDLY APPROACHING
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with dozens of new constituents in Odessa and Lexington to listen to ideas and concerns about the future, what is going on in Washington, and what can be done to make sure we are following the best path forward in creating jobs, boosting the economy, and numerous other issues. This was during our ‘Coffee with Cleaver’ meetings – one of my favorite times to meet with people. The desperate need for a farm bill, the impending sequester, and the hateful attitudes in Congress all came up again and again.
The sequester deadline is fast approaching – March 1st. Yet, as I write to you, Congress is out of session. While I always love being back in my district, we should not have come home without action.
We must do our jobs and find compromise to avert the across-the-board spending cuts that are looming. These debilitating, indiscriminate cuts will only hurt the economy. A recent study by George Mason University economists projects a loss of 2.14 million jobs, if the sequester is implemented. 51,091 of these jobs would be lost in Missouri alone, according to their analysis. This employment shrinkage will come from a broad range of occupations, including teachers, nurses, construction and manufacturing workers, small business employees, and law enforcement. Seniors face severe potential impact, as well as other groups, if the automatic cuts begin taking place. For instance, it is estimated that hundreds fewer Missouri women will be screened for breast cancer and more than a thousand veterans will not get needed job training skills. And the Congressional Budget Office believes the sequester will cut national economic growth in 2013 in half.
I also fear serious consideration of the farm bill may not even take place until late spring or summer. So far, there has been no schedule announced for a new markup in the House or Senate Agriculture Committees for the farm bill. That is leaving farmers, ranchers and producers in a terrible state of uncertainty. This is an issue for everyone in Missouri’s Fifth District. The rural/urban connection is critical to all families and our commodities must be protected. A long-term, comprehensive farm bill needs attention and passage immediately.
It is way past time to roll up our sleeves and get to work in Washington. And to do this, we must put aside our partisan bickering and find strategic, responsible ways to cut the budget, raise revenue and control spending.
Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee and also serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus.