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Rep. Chu Calls on GOP to Act on Balanced Plan to Avert Automatic Spending Cuts

February 26, 2013
Press Release


Washington, DC – Today, a new report was released by the Obama Administration on the harm that automatic spending cuts scheduled to occur on Friday would cause here in California.  Rep. Chu renewed her call for House Republicans to take swift action on a balanced plan to stop these automatic spending cuts that would threaten our economy as well as a range of vital services for children, seniors, small businesses, and our men and women in uniform.    
“There is no other way to describe sequestration than a self inflicted wound to our economy, our credibility, and the American people. These cuts will take food from the mouths of hungry children and first responders off our streets. No corner of the country will be untouched by their impact, and this report shows that is particularly true for California. The result will be fewer services for Californians and thousands of lives turned upside down as their livelihoods dry up. So I am once again calling on Congressional Republicans to do the right thing and join Democrats in seeking a responsible way to address our debt.”
Congresswoman Chu took to the House chamber to call for a bipartisan compromise to avert the sequester cuts. Her remarks can be found here.
The new White House report, which can be found in its entirety here, demonstrates some of the devastating and widespread impact to local communities here in California:
Teachers and Schools:  California will lose approximately $87.6 million for primary and secondary education, putting around 1,210 teacher and aide jobs at risk.  In addition about 187,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 320 fewer schools would receive funding.
Education for Children with Disabilities: California will lose approximately $62.9 million for about 760 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities. 
College Aid and Work-Study Jobs: Around 9,600 fewer low income students in California would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 3,690 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college. 
Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 8,200 children in California, reducing access to critical early education. 
Military Readiness: In California, approximately 64,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $399.4 million in total.  
Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds: California will lose about $1.6 million in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives. 
Job Search Assistance:  Around 129,770 fewer Californians will get the help and skills they need to find employment as California will lose about $3.3 million for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning. 
Child Care: Up to 2,000 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.
Vaccines for Children: In California around 15,810 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations.  
Violence Against Women Grants: California could lose up to $795,000 to provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 3,000 fewer victims being served.  
Nutrition for Seniors: California would lose approximately $5.4 million to help provide meals for seniors.
Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: California would lose about $12.4 million to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste.
Public Health: California will lose approximately $2.6 million to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, California will lose about $12.4 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 9,400 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the California State Department of Public Health will lose about $2 million resulting in around 49,300 fewer HIV tests.