WASHINGTON American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement in response to the sequestration report issued today by the White House:
The 400-page report issued today by the White House details in black and white the devastating effect sequestration will have on nearly every government program and service.
These cuts would mean hiring freezes, furloughs and staffing reductions at the Border Patrol, Bureau of Prisons, Transportation Security Administration and other agencies that keep America safe. The Defense Department would see delays in new equipment and facility investments, cutbacks in equipment repairs and reductions in base services for military families. The USDAs ability to inspect food processing plants and prevent foodborne illnesses would be compromised, as would the EPAs ability to protect the water we drink and the air we breathe. Critical housing programs and food assistance for low-income families would be cut.
As lawmakers work toward a plan to avert sequestration, we urge them to resist calls to exploit the crisis by making cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or federal retirement.