VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Delivers House Floor Remarks on Sequestration Impact for Hawaii
Washington, DC -- Today, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) delivered remarks on the House floor urging action to avoid the devastating impact of sequestration cuts in Hawai‘i. A transcript is below.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard:
“Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak about the devastating sequestration cuts that are set to take effect unless we, Congress, act by March 1st. If these arbitrary, across-the-board cuts are allowed to occur, our military, our national security, and our communities will suffer. Hawai‘i is one of the top ten states that will take the biggest hit. We have already seen these anticipated cuts playing out at the Pearl Harbor Shipyard, where 133 apprentices will not be hired and 30 temporary workers will lose their jobs. This is affecting real people, their families, as well as our military’s readiness. Times are tough and we must all share in the sacrifice, but we cannot do so at the expense of our military readiness or on the backs of our middle-class families, seniors, and children.”
Video available for download here.