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Last week, I joined my progressive colleagues in the House – Alan Grayson, Keith Ellison, and Sheila Jackson – in delivering more than 300,000 signatures to Speaker Boehner, demanding that he bring my legislation, the “Cancel the Sequester Act of 2013” to the House Floor for a vote.

This bill is only a single line, but with it Congress can prevent the damaging, draconian budget cuts that are set to fully kick in at the end of this month.

This so-called “sequester” targets low-income, under-served communities that have already been the hardest hit by the Great Recession. That is why I have introduced the "Cancel the Sequester Act of 2013" (H.R. 900).

So far, more than 300,000 individuals have lent their support to this effort, and signed on to a petition calling for a vote in Congress on repealing the sequester. Now that we have Speaker Boehner’s attention, we have to keep the pressure on him to let the voice of the people be heard. Because, at the end of the day, it is real, honest and hard-working people who will be hurt the most by the budgetary sequester.

By signing on as a citizen co-sponsor, you can become a part of the movement to stop this self-induced blow that will damage our economy and tear apart our safety net.

I hope that you will support me in this important effort.

Please become a citizen co-sponsor today.

Beginning this month, cuts to essential programs like the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, and aid for Women, Infants, and Children will begin to set in.

Even more specifically, if the sequester is allowed to take full effect:

•    70,000 children will be kicked out of the Head Start program
•    Public housing funds will be slashed by $1.94 billion
•    The National Institutes of Health will be cut by $1.6 billion, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be cut by $323 million
•    FEMA’s disaster relief funds will be cut by $375 million

… all amongst other devastating cuts to critical programs that our communities rely on.

I introduced H.R. 900, the “Cancel the Sequester Act,” February 28th – the day before the budget sequestration was slated to start its ticking time bomb of cuts. With just one line, stating that, “Section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 is repealed,” Congress can diffuse this catastrophe.

Help me stave off these devastating cuts before they begin to inflict real harm: become a citizen co-sponsor of the “Cancel the Sequester Act” today.

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  •  a clean bill (7+ / 0-)

    no strings. the only answer.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 05:25:11 PM PDT

  •  This is truly a righteous cause! (3+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Gordon20024, DontTaseMeBro

    We need to help on this one!

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:12:42 PM PDT

  •  I am with you Rep. Conyers (3+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, phonegery, DontTaseMeBro

    No Sequester and No stinking "grand Betrayal".  Just cancel the sequester.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:36:35 PM PDT

  •  But what will happen to Paul's grand plan? (1+ / 0-)
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    What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

    by Gordon20024 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:42:20 PM PDT

    •  Please forgive me, God. But I truly hate that (1+ / 0-)
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      former Weinermobile driver with all my hear and soul.
      Damn him for what he's trying to do to the most vulnerable of our citizens.

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      This is the extent of his business experience. For one summer he drove the weinermobile. Afterwards he went back to school on his dad's social security survivor's benefits that he is so dedicated on eliminating for future generations!

      Oh, that we didn't have someone like him in office in the '50s when America was broke from a decade and half of global war and could have eliminated his ability to go to school on the public dole. Where would he be then?

      We should take a good look at the current people in power and see how they benefited from the 'socialist educational system' and where they might be today without government assistance in their lives.

      This is more of a screed I penned recently concerning my early years of labor and individual rights. To this day I do not understand why a citizen must continue to fight for a place at the voting booth.

      Before I was 19 years old I was sent half way round the world to fight communism. The pretext was that they, the commies, didn't allow everyone a vote, therefore they were not democratic and must be oppressed and fought to the bitter end. Our democratic experiment in Asia failed.

      Today we are seeing our democratic efforts in the Middle east fail as well. But not for lack of trying. It's because of our lack of example. We no longer have respect on the world's stage. Yeah, many nations fear us. But that's because we spend more of "defense' than the other 13 larger nations COMBINED!

      Fear does not equal respect. Many fear us. Very few respect us.

      When I was a wee lad of 8 years I remember the launch of the first Vanguard and Sputnik and brand new 1957 Chevy Bel Airs. Yeah, I'm that old. 477 in dog years.

      We've long lost the high ground of any international political argument. We no longer set an example of what a democratic government represents.

      When Americans work together they are the most powerful force on earth. we don't need Saudi oil or that tar sands pollutants in our rivers. We have vast regions with continual wind energy potential. We have plains where solar panels can be arrayed. We have geothermal resources available. We don't need to be sending half our GNP overseas to fund potential enemies (which were largely created by GWB/Cheney).

      That's my sermon for tonight. Thank you for having read this far.

      Good night and peace to all.

      What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

      by Gordon20024 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 07:39:42 PM PDT

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  •  Two things: (2+ / 0-)
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    ShoshannaD, DontTaseMeBro

    1)  Phone bomb John Boehner's line

    2)  Defeat John Boehner for re-election.  Don't care how conservative his district is.

    'Nuff said.

  •  signed/recced/hotlisted/fbed (1+ / 0-)
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    Thank you Rep. Conyers

  •  Sequester (0+ / 0-)

    Here are some facts about the sequester:

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