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As you know, the nation is at crossroads on how best to reduce the national deficit while continuing to move toward greater economic prosperity. Republicans think that simply imposing budget cuts will move our nation to financial stability. This reasoning is faulty. Without a fiscal plan that includes both reductions in spending and increases in revenue, we will soon find ourselves having to revisit this issue.
What Congressional Republicans don’t understand is in North Carolina, and all around the country, Americans need the federal government to be creative and smart about resolving the nation’s financial woes. Solving these problems ensures that North Carolina’s First Congressional receives needed funding in the areas of affordable housing, agriculture and food assistance.
In this e-newsletter, I share the latest developments on the sequester and some of the important initiatives I am working on. Despite the uncertain budget times, I believe the future of America is indeed bright.
Should you have any concerns, I urge you to contact my office.
G. K. Butterfield
Member of Congress
Important News From G. K.
Over the past three months you may have seen the media reports on sequestration. Many of you have called my office asking specific questions about cuts in North Carolina. Others had general questions to better understand the process. To address both concerns below are some facts on how the sequester will affect North Carolina. In addition,
here is an article to help answer some basic questions about sequestration, and a timeline of what to expect over the next few months.
The Sequester: How It Affects North Carolina
- Teachers and Schools: North Carolina will lose approximately $25.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 350 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 38,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 80 fewer schools would receive funding.
- Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, North Carolina will lose approximately $16.8 million in funds for about 200 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
- Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 1,500 children in North Carolina, reducing access to critical early education.
- Work-Study Jobs: Around 1,150 fewer low income students in North Carolina would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 890 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.
- Child Care: Up to 1,300 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.
- WIC and Housing: 18,300 young children and mothers would lose food assistance from Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) cuts. 2,855 low-income families would lose rental housing vouchers.
- Military Readiness: In North Carolina, approximately 22,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $117.5 million in total.
- Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $136 million in North Carolina.
- Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in North Carolina would be cut by about $5 million.
- Navy: Cancel aircraft depot maintenance in Cherry Point, NC.
- Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: North Carolina will lose about $401,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
- Job Search Assistance to Help those in North Carolina find Employment and Training: North Carolina will lose about $83,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 15,110 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
- Vaccines for Children: In North Carolina around 3,550 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $243,000.
- Public Health: North Carolina will lose approximately $911,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, North Carolina will lose about $1,980,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3,700 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services will lose about $341,000 resulting in around 8,500 fewer HIV tests.
- STOP Violence Against Women Program: North Carolina could lose up to $205,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 800 fewer victims being served.
- Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: North Carolina would lose approximately $1,543,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.
- Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: North Carolina would lose about $3,606,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, North Carolina could lose another $1,265,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
G. K. Working for You in Congress
Butterfield Took to House Floor to Oppose Sequestration
Watch Video Here
Last week, Congressman Butterfield took to the House Floor to oppose sequestration and detail the impacts on North Carolina. Hear what he said by watching the video above.
Butterfield Endorses Stronger Voter Protections
Last month, Congressman Butterfield endorsed legislation to protect voting rights for every eligible American. Years of highly contested elections has exposed a number of weaknesses in America’s voting infrastructure. Extended lines and waiting periods, mass dissemination of misinformation, plus new and confusing rules designed to suppress voter turnout has created barriers for millions of Americans at the polls.
Congressman Butterfield would like to see those barriers eradicated. The Voter Empowerment Act follows in the footsteps of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 24th amendment. This legislation would implement modern tools to upgrade the nation’s voter registration system, prohibit deceptive practices, and reduce lengthy wait times for Americans on Election Day.
Health Coverage for 500,000 North Carolinians in Jeopardy
In February, North Carolina Congressmen Butterfield, David Price, and Mel Watt sent a joint letter to state lawmakers strongly urging that they reject Senate Bill 4, which seeks to exempt the state’s participation in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and prevent the expansion of health care to 500,000 North Carolinians.
Under ACA, or Obamacare, Medicaid would be expanded to nearly 500,000 low-income residents. However, Republican state lawmakers voted to reject $15 billion in federal aid for its expansion, and to reject the 23,000 new jobs the expansion would create.
Letter Urging NC Lawmakers to Protect Unemployment Benefits
Congressmen Butterfield, Price, and Watt sent a second letter to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory strongly urging that he veto House Bill 4, a bill that would block funding of federal emergency unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians. The Representatives explained to McCrory that enacting HB 4 would force the long-term unemployed to forfeit $780 million in needed benefits made available by federal law. The dramatic reductions to the state’s unemployment program under this bill, which would cut the maximum weekly benefits from $535 to $350, reduce the number of benefit weeks from 26 to 20, and eliminate benefits for veterans who separate from employment for military service-related disabilities, would make the state ineligible for any federal emergency unemployment compensation benefits.
Helping America’s Veterans with College Education
Enacted in January 2011, the Post-9/11 GI-Bill limits the amount of education benefits for veterans who attend public universities to the amount charged for in-state tuition and fees. For thousands of veterans deemed out-of-state residents, that means paying dramatically higher out-of-pocket costs to attend a public university. To resolve this unintentional fault, Congressman Butterfield has reintroduced H.R. 595, the Veterans Education Equity Act of 2013. If passed, the bill would pay for up to $18,077.50 in education benefits for veterans regardless of residency status.
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Welcoming Durham and Franklin Counties to the First District
Beginning this year, Congressman Butterfield represents a new constituency. The redrawn First Congressional District now encompasses 24 counties in eastern North Carolina, including parts of Durham and Franklin Counties. Stay tuned for an invitation to the upcoming Open House in the new Durham office and for a Meet & Greet in Franklin County.