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.