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Roskam: Sequester Remarks Show 'Void of Presidential Leadership'

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam responds to President Obama's remarks on the sequester.

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06) responded to President Obama's remarks on his sequester with the following statement Tuesday:

“Today, the void of presidential leadership was on full display. Instead of getting in a room with Senate Democrats and passing a sequester replacement plan, President Obama chose to get behind a podium and give yet another speech. Noticeably absent from his speech was the fact that House Republicans have already passed two alternatives to the sequester his White House proposed in the last round of budget negotiations.  

“Everyone agrees that the sequester is not an artful way to achieve the spending cuts that our bloated federal budget desperately needs. But the president gets it wrong when he demands that Americans should pay even more in taxes to fuel more government spending. The federal government runs trillion dollar deficits as a matter of routine—surely we can find a way to shave a few cents off of every dollar the government spends in order to avert the sequester and put our nation on more solid financial footing.”  

Nationwide cuts set to take place March 1 are the first of a decade-long $1.2 trillion budget cut plan that would go into effect unless congress can compromise on a defecit-reduction plan. 

According to the White House, Illinois could lose about $33.4 million in funding for education, work-study jobs, military readiness, law enforcement and public safety funds for crime prevention and prosecution, vaccines for children, public health and the STOP Violence Against Women program. 

READ MORE ABOUT THE CUTS ON PATCH: WHAT WILL ILLINOIS LOSE IN THE SEQUESTER?

DG Guy March 01, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Leigh - Businesses get to deduct most all of their expenses. There is no special deduction for moving operations overseas. It's just another expenses on their books and all the expenses are dedcuted. If you want to exclude expenses related to movnig, you need to force business to better categorize all of their expenses. Which legal bills are for launching a product in the US vs which bills were for leases overseas. Tracking expenses at that level would be difficult for the business and near impossible for auditors to verify.
DG Guy March 01, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Leigh - Most of the tax cuts went to the middle class. $3,200 billion over 10 years for the middle class and 700 billion for the wealthy. For what it's worth I agree with the rest of your statement.
DG Guy March 01, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Leigh - Judy Biggert is not in office because of gerrymandering. Her district was redrawn so that she would not be reelected. Both parties do this and nobody ever complains loudly enough.
Mac Miller March 01, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Leigh, you are dillusional if you think after 2007 we have less corruption. Under Obama we have seem a huge increase of those receiving "assistance" from one of our many programs! Are you commenting from your Obama phone??? As for Judy, she was in office for over 10 plus years. I can't imagine what she did or didn't do that got her defeated? She is a replica of all of our pols. She flipped, flopped, flipped back and repeated. She was just another soulless individual walking the halls of Capitol Hill! The shady redrawing of lines surely did her in.
Leigh March 03, 2013 at 02:35 AM
DG Guy, I resided in Judy's district before and after redistricting. True she was in office for over ten years mostly due to name recognition I think. For the last several years she did nothing of any value. She did manage, as a last gasp, to get Navistar a sweet deal in Lisle though. I saw her at several town hall meetings were she just went on talking points never responding with any substance to any of the real concerns people were voicing. I truly believe that although districts were redrawn people were also fed up and that is what ended her political career.

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