By Carolyn Coleman
As election day nears, so does the day when House and Senate members will reconvene in Washington for a lame duck session in which Congress will consider urgent fiscal matters, including the automatic spending cuts, also known as sequestration.
In a letter to congressional leadership, NLC called on Congress to adopt a bipartisan and balanced deficit reduction plan to avoid the harm to local economies and communities that would result from implementing the sequestration. By law, unless Congress and the President take action to stop them, over $100 billion in cuts to defense and non-defense programs will take effect on January 2, 2013. These cuts will fall on many federal programs important to local communities, including ones that support transportation, education, housing, water quality, and public safety initiatives.
"Cities recognize the magnitude of the federal government's fiscal challenges and the need for fiscal responsibility," said NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor, Bluffton, IN, in the letter. "We also appreciate that tough choices must be made to bring the budget into balance and achieve deficit reduction. However, we strongly agree with the growing consensus of members of Congress from both sides of the aisle and the Administration that sequestration will have a significant detrimental impact on our fragile economic recovery, our national security, and our nation's families and must be avoided."
Details: To learn more about the sequestration process and the impact it could have on your local community and to find out how you can join city leaders from across the country in urging Congress to adopt a bipartisan balanced approach instead, please join NLC for a free webinar on Thursday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This has been rescheduled from the original date of Tuesday, October 30.