Congresswoman Lois Frankel

Representing the 22nd District of Florida

With Sequestration Looming, Frankel Calls on Congress to Act

Feb 25, 2013
Press Release
Says timing is wrong to impose severe budget cuts

Boca Raton, FL –With across-the-board spending cuts known as “sequestration” set to go into effect on Friday, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22) said Congress must take action to avoid the full impact of sequestration that will lead to serious repercussions to our fragile economy.

“This is a bad time to impose drastic indiscriminate investment and spending cuts by our federal government that left unchecked will strangle our country’s economic recovery and put our military preparedness in jeopardy,” Frankel said. “It’s time for Congress to come together, stop the sequestration, focus on getting more people back to work and implement a long-term balanced approach to reducing our national debt.”

The sequestration cuts would:

  • According to a George Mason University study, cost 80,000 Floridians their jobs including teachers, scientists, and first responders.
  • Result in 70,000 children nationwide and 2,700 children in Florida losing access to Head Start.
  • Cause longer waits at airport security checkpoints, flight delays and multi-hour waits for travelers to clear Customs and Border Protection.
  • Lose $3.8 million dollars directed to meals for poor seniors in Florida.
  • Lead to the furlough in the Department of Defense of 31,000 civilian Floridians.                  

As Mayor of West Palm Beach, Frankel balanced the budget for eight years and worked in a bipartisan approach with political and civic stakeholders. She spearheaded responsible fiscal investment in public infrastructure that led to increased private enterprise and the economic revitalization of her city.

She is ready to work with Democrats and Republicans to solve Congress’ self-made crisis of sequestration. She ran for Congress committed to breaking gridlock in Washington and to solving problems.