Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham: Replace the Sequester, Focus on Jobs and Economic Growth

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), a member of the House Budget Committee, spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday to call on Congress to replace the sequester with a balanced approach to deficit reduction, and focus on jobs and economic growth.

Below is the text of Representive Lujan Grisham’s remarks:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise in opposition to this rule.

“Every weekend I go home to New Mexico, and my constituents always ask me: ‘What’s going on in Congress? What is Congress doing to create jobs and grow the economy and end the sequester?’

“There are currently 2,000 constituents in my district who are getting furloughed every week, and they want to know. There are countless teachers, construction workers, small business owners and first responders, and they want to know.

“Unfortunately, the answer is, ‘nothing,’ and it’s because of the House Republican leadership. They simply cannot govern.

“Yesterday, Republicans pulled the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill from the schedule, illustrating that the sequester and the Republican Budget are not feasible. 

“Tomorrow, we’ll adjourn for a five-week district work period, and we still haven’t passed a jobs bill, or a budget that replaces the sequester and reduces the deficit, or comprehensive immigration reform.

“Instead of addressing any of these critical issues, House Republicans have decided that it’s more important to vote one more time to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 40th time.