President’s Weekly Address: ‘That Pain is Real.’
In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the sequester exception Congress recently passed to answer concerns raised by cuts to the FAA. This agreement raised questions as to why an issue that may impact the travel plans of Congress Members garnered such a swift response whereas more basic needs of the poor and middle class are seen as controversial.
The president addressed this question of fairness, urging a replacement of the sequester with his long-held proposal for an evenhanded approach to this nation’s fiscal challenges. Even if it isn’t felt by our leaders in Congress, President Obama noted, the pain inflicted by these sequester cuts is real:
A couple of weeks ago, I put forward a budget that replaces the next several years of these dumb cuts with smarter cuts; reforms our tax code to close wasteful special interest loopholes; and invests in things like education, research, and manufacturing that will create new jobs right now.
So I hope Members of Congress will find the same sense of urgency and bipartisan cooperation to help the families still in the cross-hairs of these cuts. Members of Congress may not feel the pain felt by kids kicked off of Head Start, or the 750,000 Americans projected to lose their jobs because of these cuts, or the long-term unemployed who will be further hurt by them. But that pain is real. The American people worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one economic crisis just to see your elected officials keep causing more. (Read the full transcript)