WASHINGTON, D.C. – The looming sequester threatens the economic recovery and Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens. Appearing on MSNBC, Congresswoman Kaptur expressed hope that Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich would help convince Speaker John Boehner to negotiate a balanced agreement and avert the damage of the sequester.
Congresswoman Kaptur explained that sequestration directly threatens an important research mission at NASA Glenn Research Center in Brook Park. She said the cryogenic propellant program, one of Glenn’s two major missions, is vulnerable to the impact of the sequester.
“We think we’re going to lose the cryogenic hydrogen program,” if sequestration takes effect, Congresswoman Kaptur said. Also, at least some construction projects at the Brook Park facility will be scrapped to the detriment of the local economy.
Congresswoman Kaptur, a member of the Appropriations defense subcommittee, said Ohio stands to lose thousands of defense-related jobs to sequestration, at least temporarily, including more than 26,000 personnel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton and National Guard and Reserve facilities across the state.
“…We are a state that is crawling its way forward to recovery. We don’t need more job loss or underinvestment…” Kaptur said.
She questioned why, with “so many loopholes in the tax code,” disabled children, senior citizens and unemployed workers should “pay the price for those that are offshoring jobs and not paying their fair share of the load?”
Congresswoman Kaptur, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, appeared as a guest on “The ED Show” along with colleagues John Garamendi (CA-3) and Keith Ellison (MN-5).
“Why should the unemployed in Ohio or anywhere have their unemployment benefits cut by nine to 11 percent? We’re talking about millions of Americans who are living at the edge. And our senior citizens who are going to have their nutrition programs cut. In Ohio, three quarters of a million dollars cut out of those programs. What are they going to do, give them fewer green beans?” she said.
“The Republicans, at least this particular group, care more about manufacturing crises than manufacturing jobs. And we have to hold the line. We know that there’s a lot of ill will toward the president: he won the election. And what they’re trying to do, though, is to stop his program in its tracks because they’re not satisfied with what happened last November. But they shouldn’t do this to the American people.”
The Obama Administration has outlined demonstrated widespread impact to Ohio communities:
· Military Readiness: Approximately 26,000 civilian Department of Defense employees could be furloughed in Ohio, reducing gross pay by approximately $161.4 million in total. Funding for Army base operations would be cut by approximately $1.9 million in Ohio and Air Force operations by approximately $3 million.
· Teachers and Schools: Ohio stands to lose approximately $25.1 million for primary and secondary education, putting at risk approximately 350 teacher and aide jobs. In addition, approximately 34,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 100 fewer schools would receive funding.
· Education for Children with Disabilities: Ohio also will lose approximately $22 million in funds for approximately 270 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
· College Aid and Work-Study Jobs: Approximately 3, 320 fewer low-income students in Ohio would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and approximately 1,450 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 2,500 children in Ohio, reducing access to critical early education.
· Law Enforcement and Public Safety: Ohio will lose approximately $455,000 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: Ohio will lose approximately $1,786,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral and placement, meaning approximately 57,100 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
· Child Care: Up to 800 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: A funding cut of approximately $344,000 would translate into approximately 5,040 vaccines for Ohio children to protect against diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B.
· Violence Against Women Grants: Ohio could lose up to $245,000 in funds to provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 900 fewer victims being served.
· Nutrition for Seniors: Ohio would lose approximately $823,000 in funds for meals for seniors.
· Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: Ohio would lose approximately $6.8 million in funding to ensure clean water and air quality and prevent pesticide and hazardous waste pollution.
· Public Health: Ohio would lose approximately $1.1 million to upgrade response to public health threats such as infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological disasters. In addition, Ohio will lose about $3.3 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in approximately 4,200 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Ohio Department of Health will lose approximately $302,000 in approximately 7,600 fewer HIV tests.