Perlmutter blasts House for passing bill to cut 800,000 federal jobs

Congressman Ed Perlmutter today issued a scathing statement criticizing the House of Representatives for passing a spending bill that could put nearly a million federal employees out of work.

The Colorado delegation voted strictly on party lines, with all four Republicans voting in favor of the bill and the three Democrats voting in opposition.

Perlmutter’s statement:

“My number one priority is to get people back to work because that’s the best thing we can do to pay our debt and move forward toward economic stability. While most of America was sleeping, John Boehner and the Republicans said “so be it” and essentially gave 800,000 people pink slips in the middle of the night. They said they wanted to cut – but what they really did was gut. Their plan guts a woman’s right to choose, takes cops off the beat and off Wall Street. Saturday morning, the hardworking people in Colorado woke up to a scenario where good-paying, stable, private-sector jobs in our state will be wiped out for so many engineers, scientists, teachers and construction workers. This is irresponsible, and does nothing to build jobs.

“I am serious about paying down our deficit, and that’s why I voted to make additional cuts in wasteful and fraudulent spending. But to move our country forward toward long-term economic stability, security and sustained job growth here in our country, we have to both cut our spending and reduce our debt, as well as make critical, necessary investments in education for our children and rebuild our aging transportation and energy infrastructure.”

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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