Schakowsky, Schneider Urge Sequester Action

Schneider pleads for cooperation while Schakowsky warns of consequences of pending spending cuts.

With automatic spending cuts totaling $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years set to go into effect Friday, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) took to the floor of the House of Representatives Tuesday to urge action.

Schakowsky warned of a reduction of military preparedness, less ability for small businesses to find loans, a reduction of food inspectors, less airport security because of layoffs at the Transportation Safety Administration and a drop in money for mental health services.

“We’ve all been talking about the need for more mental health services around this whole issue of gun violence and it’s predicted about 373,000 adults and children who need mental health services won’t find them,” Schakowsky said.

Like Schakowsky, Schneider is worried about the negative impact the cuts will have on the middle class. He urged Republicans and Democrats to come together and find a solution.

“This is the opportunity to come together for both sides to roll up their sleeves and find a way forward,” Schneider said. “I know there’s common ground between the sides but it won’t be done unless together, Democrats and Republicans, get to the table and prevent the across the board irresponsible cuts.”

Take a look at the complete speeches both members of Congress made on the House floor join the discussion about a solution to this looming situation.

marco sangria February 27, 2013 at 01:43 PM
its pretty simple; cut the waste, reduce spending.
Daniel Krudop February 27, 2013 at 02:50 PM
What I find interesting is that the "cuts" are in the budget increases over the next decade. Even with the sequester, spending will increase. I haven't been able to verify it yet so take this with a grain of salt. Supposedly, total of the cuts in each program the various Administration folks suggest will be made are about two to three or more times the amount of the sequestration amount.
june shellene February 27, 2013 at 03:08 PM
God forbid we won't have enough TSA agents to feel up our kids at the airport, or shoot us with radiation while viewing our naked bodies. A woe to a nation short on mental health "professionals" who hand out dangerously questionable psychiatric drugs that can destabilize and distort the human psyche. And please...please don't let our military suffer. We need more young people, more weapons, more war...and and need to "stand with Isreal" above all else. We LOVE giving them money to do their Godly deeds creating a more peaceful world!
McCloud February 27, 2013 at 03:19 PM
No worries, Schakowsky and Schneider will make sure our debt tops 20 trillion by 2015. More photos with Brad on the phone. Hey Brad, why not a bill named The end of all our problems.
Abigail February 27, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Hey, McCloud, Tweedledee and Tweedledum have to get their faces in the news somehow. Makes all their constituents think they're working and thinking about the people! LOL
frank February 27, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Bring it on. Democrats threaten "Cut my budget and you'll be sorry". Government is too big. Let them deal with a smaller budget. We all do.
Rick February 27, 2013 at 03:47 PM
The day after Sequestration unemployment will rise in Washington DC, but locally the sun will still rise, the police will still issue tickets, the utilities will still send bills, the tax assessors will still increase property taxes and those who are not couch potatoes will still go for walks in their area and mingle with neighbors.
Eric Lieberman February 27, 2013 at 04:10 PM
When I took over running an international software company, I had to trim millions of dollars of spending the firm could not afford. I gathered all my department heads together on Tuesday morning and told them I needed their help. "By Friday close of business, I need revised budgets from you cutting company spending by $3,000,000. You know what your departments really need and the fat you can cut without cutting into muscle. Besides," I added "if I have to make the cuts myself they'll be draconian and no one will be happy." By Friday my team had developed the needed revised budgets. The federal government must demand the same from our federal agencies and departments.
Park Ridge Taxpayer February 27, 2013 at 04:33 PM
You are correct, Daniel. These are reductions in the amount of the increases.
Park Ridge Taxpayer February 27, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Brad is on the phone with his campaign donors, promising them more of our tax money.
Ellen Beth Gill February 27, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Get a little sophisticated people and stop letting pseudo-facts and partisan politics rule your thinking. Republicans always first and foremost wanted Obama to fail, but even if you are Republican and like that idea, there is no long term glee in it for you if the country is in ruins. Read up on some economics. The government is not a company, and is not a family. Spending and deficits are not the same in the public sector as they are in the private. Government spending is both helpful and necessary for the economy, and protects the private sector from natural down-swings. We are in this 30 slide of doing it wrong, and the only up-swings we've had have been bubbles--first telecom, then tech, then real estate, all based on false valuation, and in the mean time, we've gotten behind the rest of the world in many things including technology and health care, not to mention our ridiculous looking railroad system compared to the rest of the world. The best years of this country were post-New Deal and post- WWII, both times of lots of spending.
Danni February 27, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Eric-thank you-one would think that this minimal cut is asking for human sacrifices. I am grateful G-d blessed me with the conservative thinking brain that can interpret this dem illogical agenda. An analytical individual would ask, why not,because if not now, when? Example, if kids won't get their shots, then what was obamacare for? It is these past four years that opened my eyes to just how ignorant and uninformed the american public has become in the past 236 years. People do understand they are in the midst of a communist takeover by a fraudster. Not seeing the forest for the trees? That's how they take over. Time is no longer on our side.
june shellene February 27, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Danni Everyone has a right to protect themselves, and that includes Palestinians. I see Israel and America as bullies. The whole comment was tongue in cheek. If you want to know who I am, there are 70 or so blogs I've written for patch over the past year or so. I do use subtle, and not so subtle sarcasm, as well as a direct approach. One of my favorite Chicago bloggers is Stephen Lendman. His research on Israel and the US is thorough and his writing is excellent. Other than that, I recommend Chris Hedges and Amber Lyon, both who left major positions in the mainstream press because they have integrity. I don't go to the mainstream media for anything but to see how they are spinning a given story, as they're corporate owned and they have an agenda.
june shellene February 27, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Ellen There are important differences between now and the New Deal. Quantitative Easing...QE, by the federal reserve threatens to destroy the dollar. Japan has joined the band wagon, and is also trying to print it's way out. Fighting deflation by printing will end up in hyper-inflation...just like Germany before Hitler came to "save the day." Monetary policy matters, just as it did in Germany, Rome and Zimbabwe. By the end of 2013, people will not know what hit them. I recommend kingworldnews.com for those wanting to understand it...but there's not much time left, sorry to say.
Gary February 27, 2013 at 05:06 PM
... and the worst years of our country were during times of massive government spending; the Great Depression and the Obama Depression. Why aren't the trillion dollar deficits working Ellen? How long will this have to go on before you admit it isn't working? One more time. How long will this failing economy have to go on before you admit that deficit spending doesn't improve the economy?
Carl Castrogiovanni February 27, 2013 at 05:07 PM
LOL! Pot! Kettle! Black! "Get a little sophisticated people and stop letting pseudo-facts and partisan politics rule your thinking." Everything you posted after that shrill opening was just that! No sale, thanks for playing; now go pen your partisan, economics-fact-free screed somewhere else.
Sully February 27, 2013 at 05:40 PM
This is an interesting read for anyone who cares (and it's not a MSM/liberal press type of opinion. Read it.- http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/279-82/16223-why-ultra-conservatives-like-the-sequester
Rick February 27, 2013 at 05:43 PM
It's not just ultraconservatives and conservatives, moderates and independents are swinging over to like the Sequester too.
Sully February 27, 2013 at 05:59 PM
They are? This opinion piece made me think however, about the true differences between progressives and conservatives. Conservatives believing they are morally right sounds a lot better than they're just being a**holes. If Americans could think about the true differences between the groups instead of the us vs. them mentality, maybe solutions between the two wouldn't be so difficult. I do find it hard to believe though, that all of the conservative politicians are doing what they do for moral purposes. There's just too much money in their own pockets at stake.
McCloud February 27, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Has not Obama been President and this is his fifth year? My gosh there are still the excuses, as if he isn't. As for any President, this one is not spared from political opposition. When has the recent government spending been both necessary and helpful? or did I miss something. With the massive accumulating debt in recent years, spending more ultimately will lead, if we are not already there, to an end. Just think where that budget would be if business started picking up, money was being lent, and interest rates would increase as a consequence. Keep adding to the debt?
Tony Soprano February 27, 2013 at 08:38 PM
No one wanted Obama to fail because that would mean the system would fail. You're a complete moron obviously, if we keep spending on useless welfare programs, investing in failing companies and needlessly spending the way we have the economy will tank. The old "spend money to make money" is bs, you want to make money make it easier for economic growth to take place instead of taxing America to death. So get your facts straight scumbag
Abigail February 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM
For those of you unfamiliar with Ms. Gill, here is info gathered from her bio in The Huffington Post. Ms. Gill is a founding member of the Illinois Tenth Congresssional District Democrats. She has worked for several democratic candidates including Dan Seals in the Illinois Tenth District and her cousin, David Gill, who is running for congress in the Illinois 15th Congressional District. She is a Democrat and will no doubt support ANY policy implemented by Democrats. Hey, Ellen, weren't you at the president's inauguration in Washington in January? Also, I will say that I don't want Obama to fail, but I do want his policies to fail. Of course it would be best if his policies are/were not implemented to begin with, but that is too much to ask for. Hmmm, even Donna Brasile called her health care provider to find out why her insurance rates went up so much. Want to know why? Obamacare--it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. Of course the Republicans do not want the country to be in ruins, but that is the direction Mr. Obama is taking us with his lock-step march into socialism. Yes, I want to see those policies fail too.
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