Washington, D.C. – With just four days remaining until the March 1 sequester deadline, the effect of those mandatory cuts on Californians became increasingly clear. And Rep. Gary Miller’s message to the California middle class families, students, seniors, soldiers, law enforcement officials and job seekers who will be affected? Tough luck.
In California alone:
- Approximately 64,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed;
- Nearly 15,810 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and tetanus due to reduced vaccination funding;
- Up to 3,000 fewer victims of domestic violence served due to cuts in Violence Against Women Act funding; and
- The loss of approximately $5.4 million in funds that provide meals for seniors.
Nationwide, sequestration could mean longer airport security lines, fewer FBI agents, a meat & poultry shortage, reduced first-responder capacity, smaller unemployment checks, closed national parks – and the loss of up to 2 million jobs.
“California families, seniors, students and law enforcement officials are just days away from facing devastating cuts foisted being upon them by a dysfunctional Tea Party Republican Congress that refuses to ask the wealthy to pay just a little bit more,” said Alixandria Lapp, Executive Director of House Majority PAC. “Instead of allowing these damaging cuts to go into effect, Gary Miller should be standing up for middle class California families.”