UPDATED: VIDEO: House Democrats Fight to Stop the Sequester

For Immediate Release:

March 6, 2013

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Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Democrats continue to call for a big and balanced solution to stop the irrational and irresponsible across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester. While House Democrats have proposed a solution to stop these reckless cuts, Republicans have refused on four separate occasions to bring this legislation to the House Floor for a vote. Watch the video below to see some of the House Democrats who have stood up for the American people on the House Floor and called for action to stop the harmful sequester that threatens our economic recovery and national security:

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Below is a transcript of the video:

Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): "The U.S. budget faces a round of indiscriminate and severe cuts."

Rep. Pete Gallego (TX-23): "Across the board cuts that hurt our economy and jeopardize our families."

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02): "The effects of the sequester are broad and far reaching."

Rep. Joe Kennedy, III (MA-04): "Make no mistake: these cuts aren't just fodder for newspaper headlines. They are real. They are deep. And they will hurt."

Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05): "The sequester will undermine our growing but still fragile economic recovery."

Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-05): "Here we are again, with an all-too-familiar manufactured crisis poised to strike our economy with another self-inflicted wound."

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10): "Make no mistake. These cuts will be unimaginable to people across the country."

Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-08): "Should sequestration take effect, my state of New Jersey would lose almost $12 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 160 teachers and their aides at risk."

Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-04): "The sequester is not fair to the children and families in my district. It is not about trimming fat."

Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27): "These automatic budget cuts will literally take the food out of the mouths of hungry mothers and children - 600,000 of them."

Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-35): "Children deserve better from their Members of Congress."

Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-02): "We cannot afford to cut investments in programs that prepare our students for the 21st century economy."

Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26): "The effect of sequestration on our borders will be felt especially hard in my western New York community, home to four crossings and the northern border."

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (TX-16): "In addition, 11,000 civilian employees at Fort Bliss in El Paso will be furloughed for 22 days. These are the middle class Americans who care for our wounded warriors when they return from war and make our military base run efficiently."

Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51): "House Republicans don't care about the harm it will cause to our working families, our seniors, our children, our military - especially our military."

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18): "The men and women who feed, instruct, protect our nation's next generation of military leaders shouldn't lose their jobs because this Congress can't do ours."

Rep. Corrine Brown (FL-05): "I have a list of cuts and how it's going to effect from children to senior citizens to FAA."

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-08): "The time for finger pointing and assigning blame is over."

Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20): "Inaction should not be an option."

Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02): "The sequester, and its irresponsible, indiscriminate and across-the-board spending cuts is the exact opposite of what we need to be doing right now to grow our economy."

Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52): "Let's prove to San Diego and the American people that Congress is not broken."

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-05): "We can and should vote to remove this self-inflicted threat."

Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07): "And irresponsible, across the board spending cuts are not a real solution."

Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41): "Every time the House of Representatives wants to pass some meaningful legislation, we're forced to go through this pattern where our citizens are put through weeks of drama, on pins and needles, wondering what will happen."

Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15): "H.R. 699, of which I'm a cosponsor, would replace this meat-cleaver method of budgeting with a  balanced approach."

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18): "We must have revenues, and yes, we must have spending responsibility, but we cannot undermine the American people."

Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-22): "Let's keep fighting to stop sequestration, and let's get our fiscal house in order in this country in a balanced way."

Rep. Bill Enyart (IL-12): "It's time for Congress to set aside partisanship."

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01): "We need to compromise."

Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-07); "We cannot afford to wait a moment longer."

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09): "We still have time to stop this."

Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10): "Hardworking families everywhere are counting on it."

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01): "I ask unanimous consent to bring up H.R. 699, a balanced bill to replace the sequester with spending cuts and revenue."

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05): "The only responsible way forward is for Republicans and Democrats to work together to achieve a balanced solution to deficits that can turn off sequestration."

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