Congressman Andre Carson

Representing the 7th District of INDIANA
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With Civilian Defense Workers Facing Pay Cuts, Rep. Carson Calls on Republican Leaders to Begin Negotiations on Budget Compromise

Jul 9, 2013
Press Release

With Civilian Defense Workers Facing Pay Cuts, Rep. Carson Calls on Republican Leaders to Begin Negotiations on Budget Compromise

Over 100 Days Since Senate Passed a Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. André Carson called on Speaker Boehner to appoint negotiators to work out a budget and replace sequestration, which is cutting the pay of over 600,000 civilian defense workers, including more than 10,000 here in Indiana, starting this week.

“We need a budget compromise that replaces sequestration, creates jobs, strengthens the middle class, and responsibly reduces the deficit.  Republican leaders need to come to the table and negotiate this top priority for the nation,” Carson said.

Despite Senate passage of a budget more than 100 days ago, Speaker Boehner has refused to appoint conferees and move the process forward, stalling efforts to reach a comprehensive budget agreement.  At the same time, he has failed to enact a single job creation bill since the 113th Congress convened.

“The budget is essential if we are going to have a government that runs effectively and transparently,” said Rep. Carson. “American families cannot afford the constant obstruction happening in Washington. Beginning this week, 10,318 civilian defense workers in Indiana are being furloughed and will see their pay cut.  Enough is enough – we don’t have to agree on everything, but it is critical that Republican leaders are at least willing to sit at the table with us.”

Democrats have put forth their common sense ideas time and again, with a budget proposal to create jobs, promote growth, invest in innovation and infrastructure, and bring down the deficit in a balanced way.  Democrats remain committed to pursuing a budget that is a statement of our country’s values and that spurs progress and prosperity for all Americans.   

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