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April 25, 2013
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CARDIN CONTINUES TO CALL FOR REPLACEMENT OF
“Sequestration says every priority in government is the same. That is just wrong.”
Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, took to the floor of the United States Senate this week to continue his call for a replacement of what he calls “mindless across-the-board” sequestration cuts. He believes we should replace the entire sequester with smarter cuts so we aren’t forced to choose between helping air travelers, children in Head Start, or life-saving research at NIH. You can view Senator Cardin’s full floor statement on sequestration here: http://goo.gl/mjbFh
“I have never supported sequestration. I always thought that was a big mistake. These are across-the-board mindless cuts that say every priority in government is identical to the other. That's not the case. They also are not directed where we really need them to reduce the deficit. This is having very damaging impact on the economy of this country. Our federal work force and the Americans they serve every day deserve more.
“If you had a problem with your family budget and you had to reduce some spending and you had money set aside for your mortgage or rent payment, your family food budget and maybe some money for a weekend trip, you wouldn't cut every category identically. You may give up that weekend trip in order to save the roof over your family's home or put food on table. Sequestration says every priority in government is the same. That is just wrong. And that's why I have said from the beginning, let's replace sequestration.
“It's time for us to take action to do what we were supposed to do: make the tough decisions. Let us consider a way to avoid these mindless across-the-board cuts and substitute it for sensible reductions that we know will not have the same type of unintended consequences on services that are vitally important to our economy and to the people of this country. We have savings in the Overseas Contingency Accounts for the Department of Defense and we know we can find savings in tax expenditures -- we spend $1.2 trillion a year in tax expenditures. We have to look at a broader level than just these discretionary spending accounts that are particularly devastated by these sequestration cuts. I would urge the Senate to find a way that we can replace sequestration for this current fiscal year with more responsible budget savings and then working through the appropriate committees for FY14.”