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AJR-14 Sequestration.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  February 28, 2013


Assembly Joint Resolution
No. 14

Introduced by Assembly Member Atkins
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Alejo, Ammiano, Bloom, Blumenfield, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Bonta, Bradford, Brown, Buchanan, Ian Calderon, Campos, Chau, Chesbro, Cooley, Daly, Dickinson, Eggman, Fong, Fox, Frazier, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez, Gordon, Hall, Roger Hernández, Holden, Hueso, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Lowenthal, Medina, Mitchell, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Pan, Perea, John A. Pérez, V. Manuel Pérez, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Rendon, Stone, Ting, Torres, Weber, Wieckowski, Williams, and Yamada)

February 27, 2013

Relative to sequestration.


AJR 14, as amended, Atkins. Sequestration.
This measure would request the Congress of the United States to, among other things, act immediately to avert federal spending cuts known as “sequestration” to protect the California and national economies.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Without congressional action, a series of onerous across-the-board cuts called “sequestration” will severely compromise the nation’s and California’s emerging economic recovery and negatively impact California’s workers, families, and communities; and
WHEREAS, Through sequestration California will see a reduction in education funding of approximately $87.6 million, putting nearly 2,000 primary and secondary education teacher and aide classroom positions at risk, including those of 760 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, California’s extensive military defense industry will be devastated with the loss of approximately 64,000 civilian Department of Defense jobs, and operational reductions by the Army, Air Force, and Navy totaling more than $69 million; and
WHEREAS, Studies show that California will lose 336,000 defense-related jobs across the state and more than $21 billion in economic output if the $4 billion in additional sequestration cuts are imposed on the state; and
WHEREAS, The nation’s returning veterans will experience a reduction in the federal Transition Assistance Program, which serves more than 150,000 veterans, leaving thousands of transitioning veterans unserved as they move from active duty to civilian life; and
WHEREAS, The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security warns that the automatic budget reduction mandated by sequestration would be disruptive and destructive to our nation’s security and economy by effectively closing many of California’s ports and border crossings during daily peak activity due to the reduction in customs and border protection officers; and
WHEREAS, The Federal Aviation Administration would be hit with a $600-million cut, forcing a reduction in core functions leading to furloughs of one to two days for most of its 47,000 employees, resulting in slower air traffic in California’s major cities and delays and disruptions across the country during the critical summer travel season; and
WHEREAS, The specter of losing up to 2,100 food inspectors as a result of sequester cuts could lead to increased outbreaks of food-borne illness, presenting a serious threat to the public and putting families at risk and costing billions in lost food production; and
WHEREAS, The sequester cuts will result in significant negative impacts to public health and safety, including losing access to child care for disadvantaged and vulnerable children, which is essential for working parents, more than 15,000 children in California not receiving vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus, and California’s ability to respond to the outbreak of public health threats such as infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events will be diminished; and
WHEREAS, A long-term, bipartisan compromise that averts sequestration will protect the California and national economies and provide a balanced and thoughtful budget solution; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, jointly,That the Legislature urges the Congress of the United States to avert federal spending cuts known as “sequestration” to protect the California and national economies; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature of the State of California urges the Congress of the United States to act immediately to avert the economic crisis that would result from the onerous across-the-board federal spending cuts in education and public health and safety, which will prevent the job losses and threats to our security that would result from cuts to our national defense and honor and secure the welfare of the veterans’ programs serving the men and women who defend our county; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature of the of the State of California urges the Congress of the United States to pursue a balanced approach in seeking to close wasteful tax loopholes to protect the investments that are helping grow our economy and keep our state and nation safe; and be in further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the Majority Leader of the Senate, and to each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States.