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Bishop: Sequestration Will Hit BNL, Hurt Middle Class

Congressman says if sequestration is not averted, some Long Island residents may lose government services — and their jobs.

U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop said Monday that if Washington lawmakers cannot strike a deal before Friday to avert automatic across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration, the pain will be felt locally – including nearby Brookhaven National Lab.

Bishop, D-Southampton, called for House Republicans to compromise on a plan he said would be balanced, protect the economy and preserve "vital services."

The White House released state-by-state reports on the impact sequestration is expected to have, and citing the New York State report, Bishop said that $3 billion in aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy will be cut, and in the First Congressional District, Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Lab and the 106th Air Rescue Wing at Gabreski will have their budgets slashed.

The White House report states that the National Science Foundation would issue nearly 1,000 fewer research grants and awards, impacting an estimated 12,000 scientists and students and curtailing critical scientific research. 

"Long Island's economy cannot afford another self-inflicted wound, and we must act now to prevent this avoidable hit to our fragile recovery," Bishop is quoted as saying in a statement from his office  "I urge the House GOP Leadership to come to the table on a plan to reduce the deficit with responsible — as opposed to indiscriminate — spending cuts, increased revenues and growth with jobs." 

But Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said Monday that President Barack Obama is "campaigning" on the effects of the sequester while he should be calling on the Senate, which has a Democratic majority, to adopt a credible plan. Boehner said at a press conference, “You know, the president proposed the sequester, yet he’s far more interested in holding campaign rallies than he is in urging his Senate Democrats to actually pass a plan."

According to the White House report, New York is slated to lose $42.7 million for primary and secondary education, putting 590 jobs at risk, and another $36.3 million for the education of children with disabilities, risking another 440 jobs. Further, Head Start early education services, such as those offered by Bridgehampton Head Start, will be cut for 4,300 children in New York. Around 7,170 won't receive vaccines.

Also on the chopping block for New York are $180 million in army base funding, $780,000 in justice assistance grants for local law enforcement and initiates, $1.5 million to provide meals to seniors, and $12.9 million for ensuring clean air and water.

Paul Kersey February 26, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Please, sequester away, you lying SOBs. No one will notice -- no one! You will attempt to make publicized cuts to things you think will get us up in arms (like Zagroda). There is not a budget ever invented that could not take a 5% cut -- ask all of the normal people (including the low-information voters who keep reelecting these creeps). Try to find the pain in sequestration from this handy graph with data provided by the every-helpful Congressional Budget Office: http://danieljmitchell.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/sequester-2013.jpg?w=500&h=398 Oh, please, Tim. I know that you know that most voters are idiots, but you don't have to be that patronizing.
Paul Kersey February 26, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Wow, even I skimmed over the most obvious trope that is marched out whenever cuts are being talked about with regards to our piggish govt: "$1.5 million to provide meals to seniors" There it is. The Republicans want to starve Grandma! Bugga Bugga!! To quote Lily Tomlin (remember her?): No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.
Thomas Lynch February 26, 2013 at 02:49 AM
spot on, Paul! My comments 2 hours before yours seem to be getting "sensored" here in the site and have been pending approval. My point is its time for the Senate and Congress to get to work? and the Pres to lead and stop blaming.
Justin Time February 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Cut the stupid term of subquester..it is another media word.. As far as Bishop, leave him alone, he is doing what he can with the people he has to deal with.
Paul Kersey February 26, 2013 at 05:49 PM
By the way, Tim, if you think sequestration is a bad idea, then you should be directing your complaints to your president -- he came up with it (well, not that he actually comes up with anything -- he moved his lips and spoke the words of Wall Street crony Jack Lew (late of taxpayer-bailout recipient Citibank and NYU, home of the $50,000 yearly tuition). Who says this? Why, the liberal hero and speaker of truth-to-power Bob Woodward, who was (until this weekend) deified by the left for his Watergate coverage, but who is now, apparently, a GWB/Karl Rove plant. Read it and weep, Timmy (who am I kidding -- you don't read stuff posted on the Patch by actual constituents). http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/bob-woodward-obamas-sequester-deal-changer/2013/02/22/c0b65b5e-7ce1-11e2-9a75-dab0201670da_story.html
Gandalf February 26, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Bishop is a partyliner and follows the leader. He's a good soldier in their eyes. He's foold the voters over the years and ran against some poor candidates. People will be waking up soon. This sequester is not cutting current spending, but it will reduce the future spending or the proposed increase in spending. They fail to specify this in their statements. They rely on fear to get their way. Did any reporter question Timmy on why his leader first proposed this and now opposes his idea? Wake up people! If this delema was so critical, would the President take off to play golf?
K. February 26, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Even if the "sequester" would not result in any discernable consequences to the average person, I suspect that "the orders will go out" to encourage, for example TSA "slow-downs" and the like. Local "leaders" - symathetic to the current administration's motives may encourage similar slow-downs and inconveniences on their level to produce the PERCEPTION of sequestration effects.

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