Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Energy and Commerce Democratic Leaders Call on Committee to Hold Hearings on Sequestration

Feb 13, 2013
Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381

WASHINGTON — Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Waxman and Subcommittee Ranking Members Congressman Bobby L. Rush, Congressman Frank Pallone, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and Congressman Paul Tonko sent a letter to Chairman Upton requesting hearings on the impact of the automatic budget cuts scheduled to go into effect as part of the March 1 sequester.  The cuts will affect almost every agency within the Committee’s jurisdiction and will result in over $85 billion in cuts to key domestic priorities and defense programs.

The members write, “It would be irresponsible for the Committee to fail to investigate the impact of these massive cuts to important agencies and programs under our jurisdiction.  We hope you will schedule these hearings as expeditiously as possible.”

The letter was signed by Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., Energy and Power Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby L. Rush, Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna G. Eshoo, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette, Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky, and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko.

The full text of the letter is available below and online here.