Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Continued Arbitrary Cuts Hurts Economy, Working Families

September 20, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted against a short-term funding bill that would maintain current arbitrary sequestration cuts and defund Obamacare as a condition of funding the federal government. The Continuing Resolution, which keeps the federal government funded in the short term, passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 219-196. It would fund the government through December 15, 2013.

“Holding our economy hostage, creating a hostile and uncertain environment for everyone from small business owners to the military, continuing these indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts hurts hard-working families in Hawai‘i and across the country,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “For the past six months, these cuts have impacted our economy, real people, their families, as well as our military’s readiness. We need to focus on replacing these harmful arbitrary sequester cuts, by cutting where it makes sense, and investing in growing our economy.

“Congress has a responsibility to work together to rise above partisan politics and pass legislation that does not create yet another self-imposed crisis every few months. People in Hawai‘i, and around the country, are looking for Congress to move past these temporary solutions and get our economy back on track.”

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