The House leadership’s new “Limit, Save, Grow” bill that would raise the debt ceiling by drastically cutting federal agency funding to the fiscal 2022 levels will only limit government services, save nothing, and grow dissatisfaction among the American public.
That’s because the cuts would lead to furloughs of workers at various agencies, including TSA officers, food and railroad safety inspectors, and Social Security claims processors.
In a letter to members of Congress, AFGE is urging lawmakers to vote down the recently introduced Limit, Save, Grow Act that would do so much harm to the federal government, its missions, and the American people it serves.
The union is asking lawmakers to listen to the agencies that sent letters to the House Appropriations Committee, detailing the irreparable harm this misnamed bill and cuts will cause.
A few examples include:
- The Social Security Administration would need to close field offices, reduce opening hours, and increase waiting times for disability decisions by a whopping 30%.
- The Transportation Security Administration, which screens more than two million passengers per day, would have to furlough front-line staff. This would increase wait times at larger airports to more than two hours.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture would have to furlough between 400 and 1,800 food inspectors depending on the size of the cuts, endangering the American public and our food supply.
- The Federal Railroad Administration would be forced to lay off at least 175 personnel, including 75 railroad safety inspectors all at a time when the public in Ohio and across the country is rightfully demanding more rail safety, not less.
- The Department of Homeland Security would be forced to reduce hours of service at Sea and Land Ports of Entry, undermining efforts to restore the supply chain, combat inflation, and intercept drugs. In DHS’s own words, the proposed cuts mean “likely increasing the amount of fentanyl entering the country.”
“Deficits are not the result of growth in federal agencies or employment; federal civilian employment remains less than it was in the 1960s, although the U.S. population has nearly doubled,” said AFGE National President Everett Kelley. “Federal workers have continued to maintain public safety and provide public service throughout the pandemic, even as their wages have lagged behind inflation and continued to trail the private sector.”
AFGE is asking members of Congress to support an immediate increase in the debt ceiling to avoid default and pay for the projects they have already approved.