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Bishop: Sequestration Will Hit SBU, Hurt Middle Class

Congressman says if sequestration is not averted, some Long Island residents may lose government services — and their jobs.

U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop said Monday that if Washington lawmakers cannot strike a deal before Friday to avert automatic across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration, the pain will be felt locally – including Stony Brook University.

Bishop, D-Southampton, called for House Republicans to compromise on a plan he said would be balanced, protect the economy and preserve "vital services."

The White House released state-by-state reports on the impact sequestration is expected to have, and citing the New York State report, Bishop said that $3 billion in aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy will be cut, and in the First Congressional District, Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Lab and the 106th Air Rescue Wing at Gabreski will have their budgets slashed.

"Long Island's economy cannot afford another self-inflicted wound, and we must act now to prevent this avoidable hit to our fragile recovery," Bishop is quoted as saying in a statement from his office  "I urge the House GOP Leadership to come to the table on a plan to reduce the deficit with responsible — as opposed to indiscriminate — spending cuts, increased revenues and growth with jobs." 

But Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said Monday that President Barack Obama is "campaigning" on the effects of the sequester while he should be calling on the Senate, which has a Democratic majority, to adopt a credible plan. Boehner said at a press conference, “You know, the president proposed the sequester, yet he’s far more interested in holding campaign rallies than he is in urging his Senate Democrats to actually pass a plan." 

According to the White House report, New York is slated to lose $42.7 million for primary and secondary education, putting 590 jobs at risk, and another $36.3 million for the education of children with disabilities, risking another 440 jobs. Further, Head Start early education services will be cut for 4,300 children in New York. Around 7,170 won't receive vaccines.

Also on the chopping block for New York are $180 million in army base funding, $780,000 in justice assistance grants for local law enforcement and initiates, $1.5 million to provide meals to seniors, and $12.9 million for ensuring clean air and water.

EG February 26, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Then Tim, you and your Liberal Ilk should have made the promised spending cuts to avoid this sequestration.
Had Enuf! February 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Come on now , Tim, really? This past January, working people had 2.2 percent additional taken from their weekly paycheck, and we all did not foreclose on our homes or jump from our roofs. The federal government can't really live on 2 percent less. Stop the scare tactics and work for your constituents for a change. Oh, that's right, you are beholden to the party, not your constituents.
Darrin February 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Agreed.. All scare tactic's.... Liberals and the Democrats try to scare the American people to get what they want. Dirty trick's being played in DC and I think Americans are really getting Fed up with our Govt,,,I know I am !!
John February 26, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Next they will be playing up "For the Children" thing again. Seems that everytime the Govt doesn't get what they want, they throw "it's for the children" into the mix. Time for these politicians to pull up the boot straps and do what they were put in office to rather than put the blame on whoever and whatever else they can just so they can say, "it wasn't me".
Don't Tread on Me February 26, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I didn't know it was April Fool's Day today? Is Bishop kidding?
Dennis February 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM
The teflon president must point the finger. Unlike Harry S. the buck never stops with him. He is no leader. Not that any of the rest of the boobs are either.
Reality Check April 03, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Hey Tim, what exactly are YOU doing to fix this? I am tired of hearing what the problem is....would be nice to hear the solution eh? Maybe someone should ground Air Force One...I hear we could save millions!!! Time to stop the scare tactics and start with solutions!!! LEAD TIM and not by taxing the pants off of people!!!!!

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