What are your thoughts on the impact of sequestration in Hampton Roads? Good or bad -- let Congress know!

In August 2011, bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate passed the Budget Control Act, which established 'Sequestration' -- automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal spending to take effect on January 2, 2013 -- if Congress failed to act on further deficit reduction.

Sequestration would require $109 billion annually in federal spending cuts, resulting in a 7% reduction in defense discretionary funding and an 5% reduction in nondefense discretionary funding.

Congress was unable to reach agreement on spending cuts, and sequestration was delayed until March 1, 2013 as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 -- the deal that avoided the full 'Fiscal Cliff.' Once again, Congress will consider whether to take action to avoid sequestration.

Ship deployments and repair projects have already been impacted and thousands of families in our region are concerned about further pending budget cuts. Some people, concerned about the federal deficit, see the sequester as an effective way to reduce spending.

Tell Congress how you feel about 'Sequestration'- automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to take effect March 1, 2013.

By supporting, you will be telling Congress that sequestration should occur.

By opposing, you will be telling Congress to act on further deficit reduction to prevent sequestration.

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