How the Sequester Will Hurt Shipbuilders

Unless Congress takes action soon, our economy will be hit with harmful automatic cuts (known as the sequester) over the next few weeks that threaten hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs. These cuts have already forced the Navy to cancel deployment and delay repair of certain aircraft carriers, and postpone building on additional vessels.

Speaking at Newport News Shipbuilding in Viginia yesterday, President Obama called on Congress to prevent these arbitrary cuts with balanced deficit reduction.

Find out what these cuts mean for businesses like Newport News Shipbuilding.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to highlight the devastating impact the sequester will have on jobs and middle class families, at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Feb. 26, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to highlight the devastating impact the sequester will have on jobs and middle class families, at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Feb. 26, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In Case You Missed It

Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog:

President Obama: I Look Forward to Working with Governors to Reignite America’s Economic Engine In meetings with the National Governors Association, the President and Vice President stressed the need for all elected officials to work together to solve our nation’s biggest problems.

Let’s Move Anniversary News: Recipe Partnership Makes It Easy for Families to Eat Healthier at Home Five of America’s largest media companies have identified thousands of recipes that meet USDA’s MyPlate guidance, making it easier for home cooks to prepare healthy, delicious meals for their families.

Policy Statement for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices Announced With yesterday’s publication of the policy statement on Countering Improvised Explosive Devices, the Obama Administration both recognizes the progress we have made, and rededicates ourselves to the next phase in our efforts to implement measures to discover, prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate IED attacks and their consequences.

BREAKING: Shell abandons 2013 Arctic Drilling!

greenpeaceJust a few hours ago, Shell announced that it is giving up on its plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic in 2013.

That means no drilIing in the pristine waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas this year. It’s amazing news. Not just for the Arctic, but for the environment. And your support made it possible.

I’m so inspired right now. The fight isn’t over though. We’ll be working in the days, weeks and months ahead to make sure that the good news doesn’t stop here by urging President Obama to make the Arctic off limits to industrial exploitation, forever.

But for the moment it’s all about enjoying what we’ve accomplished together. Thank you so much for all the work you have done to protect the Arctic.


Philip Radford
Greenpeace Executive Director

This is it

National Women's Law Center
Congress Needs to Stop Drastic Budget Cuts and Protect Critical Investments in Our Nation’s Future
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This is it!
Starting this Friday, draconian federal budget cuts (a.k.a. “sequestration”) are set to go into effect. These cuts mean that fewer low-income women and children will receive the supports they need from programs like Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant as well as education, family planning, job training programs, and more. And thousands of teachers, nurses, counselors and others who provide these services will lose their jobs.
These cuts would be devastating. But Congress can stop them. That’s why we need your help to push back and push back hard.
Take Action: Tell your Members of Congress to STOP “SEQUESTRATION.” Tell them to protect critical investments in our families and our future — and make the richest two percent and big corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
Need a reality check? Here’s what we are looking at if the budget cuts go into effect:

  • 70,000 children losing places in Head Start and Early Head Start
  • 30,000 children losing child care assistance
  • 600,000 children and mothers losing nutritious food and other services to keep them healthy
  • 5,000,000 fewer low-income families receiving prenatal health care and other services that help decrease infant mortality and improve maternal health
  • 112,190 fewer victims of domestic violence receiving services
  • 750,000 Americans losing their jobs

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Many more programs that women and families depend on would be cut, including food safety inspections and research into life-saving medical treatments. These are not just statistics — they represent real people whose lives that will suffer because of these cuts.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Congress can stop these senseless cuts — and replace them with a balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes raising revenues by closing tax loopholes and helping our economy grow by making smart investments in our future.
Can you help us flood the inboxes of your Members of Congress? They need to know that you expect them to stop the cuts to vital services!
Thanks for all your help!

Joan Entmacher Joan Entmacher Vice President, Family Economic Security National Women’s Law Center    Helen Blank Helen Blank Director of Child Care and Early Learning National Women’s Law Center    

P.S. Are you looking for state-by-state information on the impact of the sequester? You’re in luck! Check out the newly released data from the Obama Administration.
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Is Your Kid More Important Than a Submarine?

By ThinkProgress War Room

How the Sequester Will Hit Women & Children

The damaging across the board cuts set to go into effect in just two days will harm the economy, kill 750,000 jobs, and cause pain to people in communities across the country. Worse yet, it will disproportionately impact women and children.

Take a look at this ThinkProgress infographic to see how much we’re going to have to cut from programs that benefit women.

Evening Brief: Important Stories That You Might’ve Missed

President Clinton on the importance of the Voting Rights Act.

Republicans find one spending cut to be outraged about.

Elizabeth Warren is just getting started.

Behold the conservative movement’s information disadvantage, Chuck Hagel edition.

Justice Scalia’s shocking comments about voting rights.

Police chief embarrasses Lindsey Graham at gun hearing.

More on Ted Cruz’s misbegotten red scare.

A new year, a new unelectable GOP senate candidate?

The Arctic Ocean gets a temporary reprieve from dangerous drilling.

H.J. Res. 118 & S.388


from: the Congressional Budget Office

H.J. Res. 118, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of Family Assistance of the Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health

On September 17, 2012, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for House Joint Resolution 118. In response to Congressional questions we are providing the following additional explanation of the basis of that cost estimate.

S. 388, the American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013

As introduced in the Senate on February 26, 2013

S. 388 would eliminate the automatic spending reductions scheduled to occur under current law for 2013 and would partially eliminate the reductions scheduled for 2014. The bill also would eliminate direct payments to certain agricultural producers, provide funding for agricultural disaster assistance, and exempt from sequestration all mandatory funding provided for the Department of Agriculture.