From the office of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski:
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on the White House report released today that details the serious consequences of sequester:
“This latest report from the White House confirms sequester will be devastating, causing ripple effects across our economy and costing America hundreds of thousands of jobs we can’t afford to lose. These are real impacts in real communities with real consequences.
“We must stop sequester with a balanced approach to reducing our debt and deficit that includes reforms to the tax code, strategic cuts to mandatory spending and gives credit for cuts already taken.
“We can do it if we work in a bi-partisan way across the aisle and across the Capitol dome to agree on closing tax loopholes and making strategic cuts while maintaining our investments in education and innovation. That’s how we’ll create jobs today and jobs tomorrow, accelerate our economy and reduce our debt and deficit.”
According to the White House report, some of the consequences in Maryland include:
· Losing approximately $14.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 200 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition, about 12,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 30 fewer schools would receive funding.
· Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 800 children in Maryland, reducing access to critical early education.
· About 2,050 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $140,000.
· Approximately 46,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $353.7 million in total.
For a full list of Maryland impacts included in the White House report, visit this link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/sequester-factsheets/Maryland.pdf
On Friday, Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood announced that sequester will slash more than $600 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) resulting in mandatory furloughs for nearly 47,000 air transportation employees and the closure of more than 100 air traffic control towers across the country. Air traffic control towers nationwide with fewer than 150,000 flight operations or 10,000 commercial operations annually could be closed. Such closures could also impact military operations who use regional airports such as the Martin State Airport.
According to DOT, the following Maryland regional airports could see their air traffic control towers close on April 1:
· Easton/Newnam Field
· Frederick Municipal Airport
· Hagerstown Regional Airport
· Martin State Airport
· Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport