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Schiff Calls on Speaker to Avert Sequester Cuts

Schiff said the proposed cuts set to go into effect March 1 will have drastic consequences for Californians.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, urged Speaker John Boehner to help avert across-the board cuts that would result in sequestration, expected to go into effect March 1.

The White House released a report on Sunday detailing direct cuts that would affect Californians, including services for children, seniors, small businesses and military men and women.

Schiff said in a statement:

“We must do everything we can to reach a long-term deal to avert the sequester, to grow jobs and the economy, and to address our debt problems. If sequestration goes into effect later this week, it’s going to be a disaster for the country, resulting in the loss of many thousands jobs in Los Angeles and around the nation.”

Schiff called on Boehner to approve a balanced plan that would avoid sequestration.

Schiff outlined potential consequences under sequestration, asserting that California could lose $87.6 million in funding for primary and secondary education, which could layoff up to 1,210 teacher aide jobs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs could also be at risk.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection would have to layoff more than 7,000 officers and agents. The Department of Justice would also be forced lay off approximately 1,000 federal agents and 1,300 Bureau of Prisons correctional officers.

Other cuts include $12.4 million in environmental funding for clean water and air quality and $2.6 million in funds to cover responses to natural disasters, infectious diseases and chemical, biological and nuclear events. Another $12.4 million can be cut to substance abuse programs.

Other programs on the chopping block include nutrition assistance for seniors, and medical research grants for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Andre Guilanians February 27, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Please pay attention to what he claims in this article I know it's hard to face the facts for some of you but here are the numbers, if the cuts take place California will be short changed 102 Million dollars and we are faced with a Armageddon of 10,510. jobs lost, So Schiff wants you to believe that government workers are working for $9705.00 per year, yea right if you buy that he has a bridge to sell to you and the repairs are guaranteed by Obama's adminstration's food stamp preogram.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK February 28, 2013 at 05:04 PM
In the headlines for news subjects, one says Nat'l Park Funding to be cut while the next one says 60 mil in aid to be given to Syrian Rebels. Who would ever have thought that someday we would have a govt whose purpose was to destroy their own country and enjoy the process.
S. Ray March 01, 2013 at 08:12 PM
If these cuts are so bad, why did Mr. Schiff vote for the sequestration twice, once when he voted for S.365, which created the Super Committee and called for sequestration, and again when he voted against H.R. 5652? Remember that not only did Obama support the sequestration (it was his idea) but he promised during a presidential debate that they would not go into effect.
steven woodruff March 01, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Mr. Obama and others, including both Democrats and Republicans, embraced a bad option in allowing the sequester in exchange for insignificant tax cuts. There is no rule that says now we must settle for them. Everyone is welcome to change course and do the sensible thing which is to put back into place some version of the taxes lost through the Bush cuts. That amounts to more than a third of the current debt. It cannot be recovered through spending cuts. European countries have done little more than ruin any existing recovery by putting in place cutting and austerity policy. Let's not do this. It doesn't work. I have communicated regularly with Mr. Schiff and find him to be a thoughtful legislator and someone willing to engage in reasonable compromise. And for Mr. Fishback, aid to fix disastrous situations abroad don't ruin us, they save us potentially from dealing with a bigger disasters later. Even with difficult spending and tax issues in front of us, we still have to live in the world.
Andre Guilanians March 02, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Mr. Woodruff said, "find him to be a thoughtful legislator and someone willing to engage in reasonable compromise", to democrats copromise is when the taxes go up and republicans loos the argument, not the other way, see it's all about winning the political game not the good of the people they never want to cut anything that Head start disaster, D.A.R.E. program having opposit effect on kids, school bussing totaly puting inner city kids in disadvantage, no never cut anything even if it has bad outcome, to cut anything is to take away from the adminestratores and union dues paid by government employees, if Schiff is a thoughtfull legislator and concern with the future of our kids, he will propose to end government employee and teachers union and save this country.

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