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Have A Question About Sequestration? #AskJoe!

Second District Congressman Joe Courtney has been taking questions about sequestration this week on his Facebook and Twitter.

Who doesn't have questions about sequestration (which, by the way, takes effect Friday)? What is it, what does it do, why is it happening, what does it mean to me and my wallet? 

Second District Congressman Joe Courtney, the Democrat from Vernon, has been soliciting constituent questions all week on his Facebook page and Twitter account. He is answering those questions both on Facebook and his YouTube channel.

Among the questions being asked are:

  • I'd like to know why we aren't hearing more about the ratio of cuts to tax increases.... why must we keep cutting, but the rich only had an incremental tax increase.
  • How might this impact the many children with special needs in our public schools with support services through federal dollars.
  • How will it affect CT's defense industry?
  • Why doesn't congress just repeal the Sequester law? the get down to work making decisions as to what should be cut and do it in a rational intelligent way.

If you have a question about sequestration, log onto one of the congressman's many social media outlets and ask!

Paul Chotkowski February 28, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Only a Progressive / Socialist would define a reduction in the rate of growth as a cut. IT IS NOT A CUT! IT IS NOT A CUT! IT IS NOT A CUT! No matter how often PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, BHO, Pelosi, Reid, et al say “Sequester Cuts” they are not cuts! Government spending is still growing year over year. We are almost $17 trillion in debt & are on a trajectory to grow the debt to over $22 trillion by 2017. We have an annual federal budget [oops continuing resolution, we haven’t had a budget in years] of $3.6 trillion, yes $3.6 trillion in 2013 & the “cut” for the balance of 2013 is $44 billion that’s 1.2%.[if you make $48,000 a year that would be like asking you to cut $48.00 a month - that’s about a cup of coffee a day]. Is there any non-union citizen of the state making $48K who hasn't made similar cuts in their household budget? Yes, across the board cuts are a dumb way to do it but spending less is brilliant no matter how it is done! Without getting into the weeds of the federal budget, the President already has transfer authority but doing so would eviscerate this issue politically [or so he thinks]. The real issues are the upcoming debt ceiling increase, another continuing resolution, maybe even a budget, & yes you got it in one, the 2014 mid terms. BHO believes he can turn spending less against the Republicans. Stop campaigning start governing. Reason TV did a great 2 minute video at http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/02/26/5-sequester-facts-to-know-before-committ
Wyatt February 28, 2013 at 03:35 PM
I think PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, the President, etc. mean a "cut" in the rate of growth - not a cut in absolute terms. A "reduction in the rate of growth" is the same thing as a "cut in the rate of growth." It is just a question of word choice. Not sure why you are so upset over the use of "reduction" vs. "cut." Further, you seem to make the use of the word "cut" out to be a partisan issue by only listing Dems. Republicans also refer to the sequester as a "cut."
Fred February 28, 2013 at 04:41 PM
They are going to actually spend more, the more is just a little less----there is no cut
Wyatt February 28, 2013 at 05:53 PM
@Fred. Your definition of the word cut is far too restrictive. In reality, they are cutting spending - they are reducing/cutting the amount they intend to spend. If Person A intends to spent $5, but instead changes his intentions and decides to only spent $4, he is "cutting" his proposed spending. Same thing is happening here. You can "cut" your current spending just as you can "cut" your proposed spending. To limit the word "cut" to the former is nonsensical.
MAC March 09, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Obama locks out kids from WH tours in stupid, heartless attempt to fulfill his hype of "PAIN of sequester." "The Administration of President Barack Obama continues its casting about for high-profile illustrations of how badly sequestration hurts regular people — even if it has to manufacture them. CBS News notes three instances in the past 10 days of White House officials putting their foots in their mouths (i.e., lying) when pressed to describe how not spending Federal money as quickly as Obama wishes translates into real moments of doom and gloom."… ("Personal Liberty" on Ag. dept. sequester e-mail) …"In the internal email, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service official Charles Brown said he asked if he could try to spread out the sequester cuts in his region to minimize the impact, and he said he was told not to do anything that would lessen the dire impacts Congress had been warned of." …“'you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be,' Mr. Brown, in the internal email, said his superiors told him."… ..."questions Tuesday about the Homeland Security Department’s decision to sign a $50 million contract for new uniforms for airport screeners, just days before the sequesters."… washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/5/email-tells-feds-make-sequester-painful-promised/ This when DHS recently released about 2,000 prisoners (Carney and Bis Sis lied about it!) and plans to release 3,000 more, blaming sequester!!

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