Gov. Scott Speaks Out Against Sequestration

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

By: Mike Springer
March 3, 2013

Tallahassee, FL-Forty-Eight hours after the sequestration spending cuts took effect, Florida Governor Rick Scott says he's displeased by the lack of progress both Congress and the President have made.

"Congress and the White House have got to start doing their job. They should no longer be paid until sequestration ends," said Scott.

With Congress and the President failing to reach a budget deal, about 85 billion in automatic, across-the-board-spending cuts, better known as the sequester, took effect. But the Governor is not alone is his displeasure . A Gallop Poll shows 45 percent of Americans were hoping to avoid the cuts. Cuts Scott calls devastating for Florida families.

"They need to sit down. They need to eliminate sequestration. They need to look at how they are spending the money and focus on how you create jobs in this country , rather than how you kill jobs in this country, " said Scott.

According to the Washington Post, as part of the sequester, Florida is expected to lose about $54.5 million in education funding, putting about 750 teaching jobs in jeopardy.

It's also expected to take big hits to its military funding and lose about a million dollars in grants for funding law enforcement.

"We are a significant military state. We do that because we help the military fulfill their missions. They're sitting there taking our budget with a meat cleaver instead of a scalpel," said Scott.

Congress and the President will return to Washington this week in an attempt to reach a deal.

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