For Immediate Release: September 17, 2012

CLASP Statement on OMB Sequestration Report

Statement from Alan W. Houseman, Executive Director of CLASP (the Center on Law and Social Policy), on the OMB Sequestration Report

"The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) - at the direction of President Obama - released on Sept. 14 its report on the impact of sequestration, the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that will total approximately $110 billion in 2013.  This report details -- program by program -- the dollars that will be cut if Congress does not avoid these automatic cuts by coming to agreement on a deficit reduction plan before December 31, 2012.  The indiscriminate, harsh impact of sequestration should come as no surprise, yet needs to be taken extremely seriously.  Simply put, implementation of the sequester would be deeply destructive to:

  • our national security;
  • key domestic funding for roads, education, public health and food safety; and,
  • the economic security of millions of Americans who are depending more than ever on the government programs proven successful in lifting families and individuals out of poverty.

The automatic, across-the-board cuts set to begin on January 2, 2013, by the sequester were intended to be a blunt and indiscriminate instrument that would inspire both parties to negotiate a compromise on a deficit reduction plan.  The OMB report highlights the far-reaching impact of these cuts.  We hope the stark reality of sequestration, which has been widely understood as a negotiating tool and not a plan to be implemented, will have the effect of driving both political parties to compromise on a balanced approach to deficit reduction so the country can avoid the serious consequences of these cuts.

At CLASP, we work tirelessly to create policy solutions that work for low-income people.  Clearly, the sequester is anything but that."

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