GOP "Spending Cuts"
Spending cuts for Republicans in Congress mean job cuts for ordinary Americans.
Connect: We need leaders who understand that their decisions have real life impact on people.
Illustrate: Across the country, businesses, parents, and seniors are struggling with the consequences of the sequester -- layoffs, closures, safety risks, less health care and education.
Expose: Spending cuts for Republicans in Congress mean job cuts for ordinary Americans.
Explain: We're dealing with the sequester because Congressional Republicans want to cut the things we need like jobs and education and lay off the Americans who keep our country running, like teachers and firefighters.
Lead: We could fix the sequester right now if Republicans in Congress would stop protecting corporate tax loopholes and start prioritizing ordinary Americans.
SEQUESTER IMPACTS AROUND THE COUNTRY
As a result of the sequester, students across the country are facing higher fees on their college loans.
Nearly 150 air traffic control towers around the country face closures, raising concerns about safety and the financial impact on communities that depend on airports to help attract businesses and tourists.
In Alabama, the prospect of the local air traffic control tower closing down is why one aerospace company held off its plans to relocate its headquarters to Dothan and create 500 new jobs there.
Across Missouri, five career centers are closing, eliminating 10 jobs along with guidance and resources for job seekers.
In Pennsylvania, the Allentown School District, whose funding has already been deeply cut, is cutting 144 teachers, full-day kindergarten, and the arts.
In Indiana, at least two Head Start programs have resorted to a random drawing to determine which three-dozen preschool children -- ages 3 to 5 years old -- they will be forced to kick out.
In Wisconsin, 60 low-income families are losing the rental vouchers that make housing affordable. Without the vouchers, the local housing authority expects the families to become homeless.
In Hamilton, Ohio, a program for seniors that provides lunch and transportation services is getting cut, meaning fewer meals will be served.
In Georgia, Albany senior centers are preparing to cut back meals and programs like senior caregiver and protective services.
In Virginia, business owners who depend on tourism are worrying about dropping income because the local national park has been closed indefinitely.
In Iowa, a local school board is considering firing 17 teachers because of sequestration and budget woes.
In Dallas, Texas, an air traffic controller received an award for saving a pilot's life -- and a furlough notice a week later, letting her know that her pay would be cut thanks to the sequester.
In Kentucky, a local hospital already laid off 28 people because of sequestration and budget cuts. At the University of Kentucky, 30 students will be cut from NASA's higher education programs there. And at the University of Louisville, about 80 students who rely on military tuition assistance to attend college will have it taken away.
The Children's National Medical Center has already delayed several projects, including new research into muscular dystrophy in children, and the medical research labs at the University of California at San Francisco have already started layoffs.
In Wyoming, the Cheyenne Health and Wellness Center is preparing to cut back on its services for local residents who rely on the Center for affordable health care.
In Hazelwood, Missouri, workers who audit Pentagon contracts and helped save taxpayers over $4 billion last year face steep pay cuts and fewer days on the job.
Across Utah, national parks, wildlife refuges, and national monument areas are cutting back visitor hours and programs -- shutting their gates to visitors from around the country.
In Idaho Falls, Idaho, hundreds of employees at the Idaho National Laboratory face layoffs and pay cuts as a result of Department of Energy cuts.
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