May 31, 2013
The Virginian-Pilot reports, "The second year of automatic cuts in federal spending will hit Virginia and the defense-dependent economy of Hampton Roads harder than most parts of the country, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine said Thursday. The Virginia Democrat, who was touring Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, noted that unless Congress intercedes, the spending reductions will affect a range of government services."
Progressive Point: We need leaders who treat the challenges Virginians face with urgency -- not politicians who downplay job losses like they're just another political matter. Virginia families are already feeling the effects of furloughs and devastating cuts to our home front investments, but unless our leaders fix the sequester these effects will go from bad to worse.
The sequester means laying off the Americans who keep our country running -- from law enforcement to teachers -- and taking money out of the pockets of regular people who keep our stores thriving and hiring. And while Congress keeps protecting special breaks for big corporations, Virginians will be struggling with layoffs, closures, cuts to health care and education, and more. It's past time for our leaders to put our families first. Tell them to end the sequester now.
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