Kilmer issues statement on Congress going into recess instead of dealing with across-the-board cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the House of Representatives set to begin a recess, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor) released the following statement echoing his previous calls for Congress to not break until there is a balanced, long-term replacement for the across-the-board cuts set to go into effect March 1.

Kilmer has made it a priority to replace these harmful cuts that could put the nation’s economy back into a recession.

“It’s no surprise so many folks in our region are fed up with Congress – it won’t do its job. That’s why I’ve called on Speaker Boehner to keep the House in session so we can work to find a solution to this problem,” said Kilmer, who represents the Sixth District. “We need a long-term, balanced solution to our fiscal challenges to replace these reckless cuts that could throw our economy back into a recession. The thousands of folks in our region including teachers, students, small business owners, and middle class workers who will be affected by these wrongheaded cuts deserve a solution now.”

From day one, Kilmer has called on Congress to stop the across-the-board cuts and replace them with a balanced, long-term solution to our economic problems.  In addition to speaking about this on the House floor, Kilmer published an editorial in the Kitsap Sun and held several meeting with those who could be affected by the cuts.

On March 1, Kilmer will stand outside the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard gate to speak with shipyard workers who may be furloughed because of these cuts.


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