Pennsylvania Stands to Lose Massive Funding for Education, Healthcare and Public Safety from Sequester Cuts

Harrisburg, PA –  A report from the Senate Appropriations Committee shows that Congressional Conservatives, led by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, threatens to harm the economy by letting automatic across-the-board budget cuts – called “sequestration” – go forward on March 1, 2013.  This would cause Pennsylvania to lose enormous funding for education, public safety, healthcare and job training.

The report further proves that right-wing conservative politicians’ insistence on cutting Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare benefits to pay for tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthiest 2% would directly harm working families.

These drastic cuts would slash nearly $43 million for Pennsylvania from Title I, the largest federal-funded education program in the United States, meaning schools would be left struggling to pay for teachers and tutors.  Critical grants for public safety would be cut back by $1.9 million, leaving fire departments understaffed and working without necessary, critical equipment.

“Yet again, Conservative right-wing members of Congress, led by Boehner and McConnell, are threatening to throw the economy back into recession, and further delay job creation and stronger economic expansion unless Democrats agree to benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid,” said Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale.

“They are holding jobs and the economic recovery hostage to seek deep across-the-board cuts that hurt working families rather than close wasteful tax loopholes and demand corporations and the richest 2% pay their fair share,” Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder added.

“We need to invest in our economy and our people by creating more jobs, not cutting them. Congress must stop protecting corporations and the richest 2%, and cancel the sequester immediately.” Bloomingdale said.

A detailed list of cuts affecting Pennsylvania can be found here.

The full report can be found at: http://www.harkin.senate.gov/documents/pdf/500ff3554f9ba.pdf

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