When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress put tax breaks for the rich over middle-class families. Here's how the #GOPsequester is affecting communities across the country.


Tell Republicans in Congress to work with the President to end the sequester.

  1. A Vet’s Opinion of the GOP Shutdown

    From The Huffington Post— http://goo.gl/Zjt0u3 
    Gibbs [a 24-year-old Army veteran living in the D.C. area] also said the partial funding bill offered by House Republicans was not enough.
    "It seems they just want to fund what is getting most attention in the press and completely ignore the other hundreds of thousands of federal employees that are furloughed to get some of the heat off their backs," he said. "If they truly cared, they would fund the government in its entirety so that people like my wife and I can move forward in our careers and education. I enjoy my job and I have worked hard to get where I am. To have a fringe portion of one party take that all away is disheartening."
    "This is taking a pretty huge hit to employment," said Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. "The veterans’ employment situation has been improving, but it’s still tenuous. So you’re basically shoving a lot of vets out of work because Congress can’t do their job. It’s a big problem."
  2. New DNC Email

    Friend —

    Just now, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, offered to use the RNC’s money to pay to re-open the National World War II Memorial for the next 30 days.

    (Side note: Does that mean they plan on keeping the rest of the government shut down for the next month? I guess that’s not a surprise since they cheered the shutdown in the first place.)

    As a solution to this crisis, the RNC’s stunt was meaningless. It would do nothing for the kids who right now can’t participate in Head Start, or the cancer patients awaiting clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health, or the 800,000 public employees who want to get back to work.

    Fortunately, there’s a solution that could get the government back up and running tonight (and for a lot longer than 30 days) — and we know it has enough support to get through Congress and land on the President’s desk. All it takes is a decision from Speaker Cruz Boehner to send a clean budget resolution to the floor.

    So will you join the Democrats and call for an end to the shutdown?

    I know Chairman Priebus is a well-connected guy, so I think he probably has the Speaker’s number somewhere. The entire country would be a lot better off if he’d spend his time working to re-open the government instead of holding press conferences from the National Mall.

    Call on Reince Priebus and the rest of his fellow Republicans to re-open the federal government today:

    http://my.democrats.org/RNC-Shutdown


    Thanks,

    Mo

    Mo Elleithee
    Communications Director
    Democratic National Committee

  3. "People Are Not Being Inconvenienced"
    Mitch McConnell on the sequester cuts
  4. The Real Life Impact of the #GOPSequester

    This week, hundreds of thousands of Americans who work in the defense industry will see a 20% pay cut as the effects of the Sequester continue to be felt around the country. This is on top the other effects of the sequester – cuts at National Parks at the height of tourist season, reduced unemployment compensation and cuts to cancer and other medical research. Not to mention the draconian cuts to vital programs that affect at risk communities, likeHead StartMeals on WheelsMedicare and so much more. 

    These cuts were unnecessary and avoidable. Republicans stood with millionaires and billionaires over the American people and refused to support a balanced approach that called on everyone to pay their fair share to responsibly reduce our deficit.

  5. MIAMI: Furloughs among officials' storm season worries - Florida Wires - MiamiHerald.com

    Furloughs required by the federal budget cuts known as the sequester are expected to affect the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the country’s hurricane forecasting hub in Miami, and the National Guard, which can be deployed during disasters.

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said NOAA employees will receive their furlough notices next week. Meanwhile, National Guard technicians who maintain equipment that can be deployed after a hurricane are expected to be furloughed on 11 Mondays throughout the summer, she said.

  6. The Pentagon says the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration could leave the U.S. with a military that is simply unprepared for the most challenging combat missions. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told Congress in April that the military is eating its seed corn.

    The Pentagon says the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration could leave the U.S. with a military that is simply unprepared for the most challenging combat missions. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told Congress in April that the military is eating its seed corn.

    (Source: NPR)