Congressman Dan Kildee

Representing the 5th District of Michigan

Freshman House Democrats, Led by Congressman Dan Kildee, Urge Speaker Boehner to Schedule Up-or-Down Vote to Replace Sequester

May 16, 2013
Press Release

Letter, Signed by 45 Members, Says Congress has “Responsibility to Act” in Replacing Sequester with Balanced Solution

Freshman House Democrats today, led by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), penned a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (OH-8), calling on the Speaker to allow an up-or-down vote to replace $85 billion in automatic, indiscriminate sequester cuts with a balanced solution. 45 Democratic freshman colleagues, including Congressman Kildee, signed the letter to Speaker Boehner.

“As each day passes, and more of our constituents are waking up to the reality of these cuts and the serious effects they could have on their lives and communities, we are asking for an up-or-down vote on the House Floor on Republican and Democratic alternatives to sequestration.  Doing so will provide us with the opportunity to be on record on this issue of critical importance to the families and businesses we represent and who are deeply concerned about how the 113th Congress will act,” the letter reads.

The letter to Speaker Boehner comes on the same day that the Republican House leadership will, for the 37th time, unsuccessfully attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“As the sequester continues to hinder our economic growth and hurt middle class families and small businesses, Speaker Boehner should promptly schedule a vote to replace the sequester with a balanced approach,” Congressman Kildee said.

Congressman Kildee has been an outspoken advocate for replacing the sequester, which, due to congressional inaction, has been in effect since March 1, 2013. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the sequester will eliminate 750,000 jobs by October 2013.

A copy of the letter to Speaker Boehner is attached and below.

 

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May 16, 2013


Hon. John A. Boehner

Speaker of the House

U.S. House of Representatives

H-232, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Mr. Speaker:

As the effects of sequestration are felt across the country, Congress has a responsibility to act in an effort to replace them with a balanced solution to deficits. 

This week, the House will vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which it has already done thirty-six times. Your justification for another unnecessary repeal vote has been that it allows freshmen members their first formal opportunity to let their constituents know where they stand on repeal.  However, you have not allowed freshmen the same opportunity to vote on a balanced alternative to replace sequestration.   

As each day passes, and more of our constituents are waking up to the reality of these cuts and the serious effects they could have on their lives and communities, we are asking for an up-or-down vote on the House Floor on Republican and Democratic alternatives to sequestration.  Doing so will provide us with the opportunity to be on record on this issue of critical importance to the families and businesses we represent and who are deeply concerned about how the 113th Congress will act. 

With the sequester’s negative impact already taking its toll, we ask that you move quickly to schedule these votes.  All of us are ready to come to the Floor and make our constituents’ voices heard with regard to sequestration and its potential to harm our economic recovery and our national security. 

Sincerely yours,

 

Dan Kildee (MI-05)

Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01)

Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)

Scott Peters (CA-52)

Joe Garcia (FL-26)

Marc Veasey (TX-33)

Joyce Beatty (OH-03)

Lois Frankel (FL-22)

Ann Fitzpatrick (AZ-01)

Rick Nolan (MN-08)

Pete Gallego (TX-23)

Denny Heck (WA-10)

Jared Huffman (CA-02)

Derek Kilmer (WA-06)

Juan Vargas (CA-51)

Tony Cárdenas (CA-29)

Ami Bera (CA-07)

Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)

Matt Cartwright (PA-17)

Mark Pocan (WI-02)

Eric Swalwell (CA-15)

Bill Foster (IL-11)

Cheri Bustos (IL-17)

Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)

Beto O’Rourke (TX-16)

Tammy Duckworth (IL-08)

William Enyart (IL-12)

Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)

Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02)

Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)

Daniel Maffei (NY-24)

Donald Payne Jr. (NJ-10)

Robin Kelly (IL-02)

Mark Takano (CA-41)

Filemon Vela (TX-34)

Joaquin Castro (TX-20)

Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-35)

Suzan Delbene (WA-01)

Julia Brownley (CA-26)

Alan Grayson (FL-01)

Steven Horsford (NV-04)

Brad Schneider (IL-10)

Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-04)

Grace Meng (NY-06)

Raul Ruiz (CA-36)

 

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