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The mission of the Sequestration working group is to understand the impacts of sequestration within the U.S.


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Air Traffic Tower Closures Will Strip Safety Net


In this March 12, 2013 photo, an American Eagle jet taxis to a gate past the control tower after landing at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Ill. The airport is one of nearly 240 small airports around the country that will likely shut down their air traffic control towers under federal budget cuts, stripping away a layer of safety during takeoffs and landings and leaving many pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

CLICK HERE - List of 149 control towers FAA says will close April 7 due to forced spending cuts - via CNN (4 page .PDF file)

Associated Press - by Jason Keyser - March 15, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) — The planned shutdown of up to 238 air traffic control towers across the country under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own.

Fear of U.S. Cuts Grows in States Where Aid Flows - by Michael Cooper - February 22, 2013

States are increasingly alarmed that they could become collateral damage in Washington’s latest fiscal battle, fearing that the impasse could saddle them with across-the-board spending cuts that threaten to slow their fragile recoveries or thrust them back into recession.

Some states, like Maryland and Virginia, are vulnerable because their economies are heavily dependent on federal workers, federal contracts and military spending, which will face steep reductions if Congress allows the automatic cuts, known as sequestration, to begin next Friday. Others, including Illinois and South Dakota, are at risk because of their reliance on the types of federal grants that are scheduled to be cut.


Defence Cuts - The Enemy Within


Ships lie uselessly at anchor and lay-offs loom as deep Congress-imposed spending cuts look ever more likely to go ahead - February 23, 2013

“HOW can Congress go on a recess with the country in the shape it’s in?” asks a constituent of Bobby Scott, a Democratic congressman for the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, to applause and cries of “Amen!” The angry voter is referring to the “sequester”, an unpopular slate of cuts to the federal budget due to take effect on March 1st unless Congress intervenes. The cuts, as Mr Scott explains, were intended to be so painful that lawmakers would feel obliged to come up with some sort of substitute.


Sequestration Grassroots Toolkit

Goverment improves our daily lives, whether we realize it or not. The teachers in our children's classrooms. The roads and bridges on which we drive. The scientists seeking cures for debilitating disease. The safe medications we take and the safe food we eat. The police who patrol our neighborhoods. The air traffic controllers who ensure we arrive at our destinations, safely. These core government services and more are under attack in the name of deficit reduction. If Congress can't work together to stop deep cuts--aka "sequester" or "sequestration"--millions of jobs will be lost, and core services upon which we all rely will be eliminated.

It's time to hold our lawmakers accountable. We need to let them know that the only way to balance the budget is through a balanced approach--they can't and shouldn't do it by cutting essential jobs and services alone! We've prepared these tools to help you engage in this historic debate and make your voice heard.

VIDEO: Deficit Reduction & You: What It's About, Why You Should Care, & What You Can Do About It

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