Bishop: Sequestration Will Hurt Vulnerable Middle Class

Congressman says if sequestration is not averted, some Long Island residents may lose government services — and their jobs.

U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop said Monday that if Washington lawmakers cannot strike a deal before Friday to avert automatic across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration, the pain will be felt locally.

Bishop, D-Southampton, called for House Republicans to compromise on a plan he said would be balanced, protect the economy and preserve "vital services."

The White House released state-by-state reports on the impact sequestration is expected to have, and citing the New York State report, Bishop said that $3 billion in aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy will be cut, and in the First Congressional District, Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Lab and the 106th Air Rescue Wing at Gabreski will have their budgets slashed.

"Long Island's economy cannot afford another self-inflicted wound, and we must act now to prevent this avoidable hit to our fragile recovery," Bishop is quoted as saying in a statement from his office  "I urge the House GOP Leadership to come to the table on a plan to reduce the deficit with responsible — as opposed to indiscriminate — spending cuts, increased revenues and growth with jobs." 

But Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said Monday that President Barack Obama is "campaigning" on the effects of the sequester while he should be calling on the Senate, which has a Democratic majority, to adopt a credible plan. Boehner said at a press conference, “You know, the president proposed the sequester, yet he’s far more interested in holding campaign rallies than he is in urging his Senate Democrats to actually pass a plan." 

Bishop's office stated that according to the White House report, New York is slated to lose $42.7 million for primary and secondary education, putting 590 jobs at risk, and another $36.3 million for the education of children with disabilities, risking another 440 jobs. Further, Head Start  early education services, such as those offered by Bridgehampton Head Start, will be cut for 4,300 children in New York. Around 7,170 won't receive vaccines.

Also on the chopping block for New York are $180 million in army base funding, $780,000 in justice assistance grants for local law enforcement and initiates, $1.5 million to provide meals to seniors, and $12.9 million for ensuring clean air and water.

highhatsize February 26, 2013 at 03:18 AM
What a sob sister! Sandy victims, students and mariners will just have to tighten their belts (or swim harder.) Their problems are trivial compared to the catastrophe that would result were ExxonMobil, GE and Koch Industries made to pay their entire income tax bill.
Sparks February 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Sparks February 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Bishop should know. The middle class has really flourished during his time in office. In fact at no time in history has the middle class benefited from leadership as they have under Obama and Tim. Haha haha.
Sparks February 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Oh wait. There is no story here. We are talking "millions". Millions are like pennies. Losing 47 pennies is not the reduction in the size of gubmint that Tim urgent tone would have you think. Lying by omission is still lying.
Jack February 26, 2013 at 01:42 PM
I would suggest to Bishop that he take his complaint to Obama who instituted Sequestration. Of course now both of them an other liberal democrats are playing dumb to that fact. They are all a bunch of overpaid, over-perked, over the top on their benefits BUMS.
George Lynch February 26, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Once again, highhat nails it deftly. Say Jack, does it really matter "who instituted sequestration"? Regardless of its origin, the task now is to forestall it by action. That's what it was "instituted" for, right?
Conservative Underground February 26, 2013 at 05:00 PM
The sequester is unfortunate but needed, Barack Obama was right when he dreamed it up. It is a cut of $85 billions dollars, about 2.5% of our $3.4 trillion dollar budget this year. If the country can not survive that then we have bigger issues to deal with.
Deft punk February 26, 2013 at 05:41 PM
George Lynch sold his soul and blindly supports whatever his party directs him to do. When adults give up their own right to express an opinion they can never be trusted to be intellectually honest. If you make 100,000 per year this amounts to 2500. Whatever happened to "shared sacrifice or was that just lifted from chairman Mao's manifesto because it sounded good to the uneducated and naive?
christie nicolle February 26, 2013 at 06:19 PM
anybody vomit about the puppets in Hollywood dragging the white house into the sewer with Michelle Obummer intruding herself on the Oscars? The slime of Hollywood is in bed with the Leftist propaganda machine!! Dancing around the "golden calf" of a statue called Oscar???
Ralebird February 26, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Obama did not institute Sequestration. While White House staffers devised the program and presented it to the Republicans, who approved, it was "instituted" by a "Yes" vote from 343 members of the legislature, 59% of whom were Republicans. And would someone please inform us why this is being called a "sequester" anyway? Nothing in my dictionaries defines a budget cut as a sequester. Perhaps this word is used with the intent that the bipartisan supercommittee actually be sequestered until they do their job and come up with the plan to save this money - and more. Nothing is sacred here; cut expenses AND cut tax loopholes. Let them be sequestered in a Motel 6 somewhere with catering by Denny's - they don't get out until their work is done.
Ralebird February 26, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Puppets get dragged, they don't do the dragging. I'm sure Mrs. Obama was invited to participate rather than "intruding herself". With such confused thoughts, perhaps you should put the keyboard down for a while.
George Lynch February 26, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Thank you, Christie, for elevating the conversation with your usual high level of discourse.
George Lynch February 26, 2013 at 06:44 PM
highhatsize February 26, 2013 at 06:54 PM
to christie nicolle: Judging by your posts on this forum, you are disturbed. The non-responsive, inane vileness that unfailingly imbues your comments is repugnant and unnecessary. The release that your bilious attacks are affording you herein is a poor substitute for therapy.
Hazel Wilkonson the First February 26, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Translation: Christie, you are batsh** crazy.
Henry P February 26, 2013 at 09:30 PM
As if this guy knows what he is talking about past the White House talking points he regurgitates. Bishop is completely worthless as a rep.
DrSique February 27, 2013 at 02:38 AM
I noticed that you went on a personal attack mission of your own, as if yours is the only opinion that counts. Perhaps a touch of narcisistic personality disorder, there, extremely large hat size, in order to fit that extremely large head.
George Lynch February 27, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Time and again, Henry P, the voters don't seem to agree with you. And don't say Tim Bishop has had weak opponents, because he hasn't. The national Republican organization has been gunning for him in at least the last three elections, but Tim's a hard target. The man must be doing something right.
highhatsize February 27, 2013 at 04:55 AM
to DrSique: The extreme viciousness and malevolence of the poster's opinions, often irrelevant to the topic at hand, prompted my response. If her attitude is not a pose, it is symptomatic of a mental disorder. My opinion is offered compassionately.
Jack February 27, 2013 at 05:25 AM
George, it dies matter who instituted the "sequester" and Obama is behind it in order to scare the public into not backing the spending cuts. This president is responsible for the most chaotic economic policies in our history.
Conservative Underground February 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM
That is one reason why I welcome the sequester Jack. The President has whipped people up as to how bad it will be but if you listen to what he and others say they use words like may, maybe, could, possibly and so on and so forth. They don't know for sure. I have to wonder if the sequester will be that bad or will the President takes steps to ensure it as bad as he claims it will be? In politics nothing is impossible, even the thought of a President willfully inflicting harm on his people to win an argument.
Hazel Wilkonson the First February 27, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Are you freaking kidding me?! What has the president to gain by inflicting willful harm? You extremist nuts are why our democracy is failing. By the way, if their is willful harm being inflicted it is being done by teaparty congressman whose only concern is getting a top spot on Hannity's show.
Conservative Underground February 27, 2013 at 02:16 PM
The people in Washington do not think like you or I do; there is a political calculus at play and I would not put anything beyond any member of any party. I said it before; if our country can not handle a 2.5% cut in spending this year then we have more serious problems. Even with this cut we will spend more than we did last year.
North Fork Bob February 27, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Tim is a welcome breath of fresh air stuck in a den of vipers
Conservative Underground February 27, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I hate to disagree with you but Tim Bishop is hardly a breath of fresh air; he has been in office for 10 years now.
DrSique February 28, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Yes, I noticed that you were oozing compassion. With terms like disturbed, inane, vile and repugnant, it is obvious that the posters best interests were of utmost importance to you. Let me give you a small piece of unasked for advice. Big words do not mask condescension and you are full of it.
Jack March 01, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Conservative Underground, I agree with all your points. It's sad to say but as I walk past the national debt click in Manhattan and that thing keeps rolling up the debt to add tens of thousand every second, I don't feel that Obama wants to reverse that or at least hold it in place. It seems he wants to take America down. The transfer of wealth out of the USA is huge. Maybe this is what he wants, a subserviant America to the rest of the world. We will eventually be like Califiornia that now has so much debt that they cannot pay it off. We are headed to that point of no return. California is looking for the Feds to bail them out but who will bail us out when America is bankrupt.?
Patchogue Snoop March 02, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Our Congresman claims this will hurt the middleclass. Let me ask him: What has your energy policy done for the middle class? What is Obama Care going to cost the middle class? What are increased taxes going to do for the middle class? What is your job creation failure and the massive spending spree going to do for the middle class no and in the future for our children? PS My energy costs alone have nearly doubled under Obama. This translates to over 5000k for me out of pocket due to the doubling of gasoline and heating oil costs since he was elected. And I remember Bush being blame by the left for being in bed with Big Oil, well if true it was to the benefit of the middle class as evidenced by lower energy costs and many more jobs in the oil industry not to mention his policy of no domestic drilling which places us at the mercy of our Middle Eastern enemies.
Conservative Underground March 06, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I think you owe me an apology Ms. Wilkonson. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/5/email-tells-feds-make-sequester-painful-promised/ Never put anything past anyone.


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