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Solidarity our stuff more than a month after this -- took effect some members of congress pledging to give back portions of their salaries like senator Lindsey Graham he tweets.
We should lead by example I'm cutting my own pay by 20% to empathize for those furloughed due to sequestration.
But as part of the biggest promising got us into the sequester mess in the first place democratic congressman Donna Edwards choices that should know right yes that you voted against -- -- -- for this cluster that's right I did vote against I thought it was stupid then I think it's stupid now these kind of across the board cuts but it's what -- -- living with.
Park -- are also make it cut you in your step.
I am we actually made a decision as as a staff and in the choices were really simple we had an 11% cut in January are ready.
Then an eight point 2% cut.
In content in March with the sequester the choices were either lay off people.
You impose a furlough or all of us just taken across the board cut would you do but the sequestered.
Well it's the law and -- with the continuing resolution is it -- its past these.
Cuts are gonna remain in place I just think you know when you do budgeting if you were in your home budget people like to compare our budget to our home budget.
And your kids had to go to college you don't cut college in the same way that you cut going to the movies but in fact that's exactly what went -- with -- -- Here is very painful -- and the reason we have sequester is because back in August 2011.
You voted against emphasize it again.
Is that the idea was -- the super committee would -- would solve the problem think they would go and sequester the super committee met in November couldn't come up with a budget.
So then they disbanded and then they didn't no one -- -- with anything in December January February march April may -- -- Wally around the fall.
Everybody takes August off.
Then we going to assess we go into the campaign season and -- -- all these salaries of politicians to campaign for the jobs and then we roll around to now and we and the American people get.
Stuck with the sequester.
Well I think it isn't just the American people who are stuck with -- with the sequestering mean.
You know the fact is that what we do here in this country obviously has an impact on the world has an impact on world markets as well.
Just in a time when we were starting to actually see some positive economic growth.
Com this week the sequester takes a factions -- -- their long range you know impacts here and I just think.
You know I look at a district like mine I have a lot of federal workers.
In my district they were really really hard.
And for them in means in some cases to household incomes are a contractor in the private sector there household.
Their budget is impacted as well.
You know -- -- doesn't see what federal workers actually been furloughed so far.
And they -- federal defenders and they -- and I look at I think federal defenders.
Those of the constitution says you -- right to a lawyer so the first what are we doing go we go unfurled the people of the constitution mandates that I like a congressional law that the press has some but the constitution.
And then if we don't have the lawyers people get a rest never right to a lawyer they also were right to bail.
-- I can't get a bail really period and a lot Sissy guy get a bail hearing so they don't get a bail meanwhile had a lot of mock me -- that you say.
All these are stupid things that we don't -- -- I was just talking with a couple of federal judges who are really concerned about exactly what you describe because they know that they have an obligation they have a constitutional obligation.
And that these defendants actually constitutional rights and we've got it mean.
If you know there's not going to be a lot of choices here and so I just think that you know in congress we -- eight get get back to the table that Republicans and Democrats.
You know I'm gonna get so what I want and somebody else is gonna get some -- what they want but we've got to come to a deal.
Can you call your the president committees -- present but he is your party can you -- opposite look you're the leader we've got to do something -- -- -- day has got to start at the top.
And you know maybe maybe the Republicans are you know very difficult to deal with and for whatever but that's sort of like you know -- Barnes had that problem where we're opposing parties are each other's throats.
But the leader supposed to somehow fix it.
Do you can you call him up and asked him to help out on the sequester thing that it is -- -- now but we can change loss well.
I don't know if the president -- -- can just fix it what I will say is that I think the press the present is preparing to put out.
A budget which I think will be a statement and trying to figure out I -- later this doesn't even matter does it really -- -- You know exceeds its a sign.
-- -- -- every presents laid on the first 11 is due in February but he then says to me in the -- the end of April and -- -- the house -- the budget in the Democrats -- senate got the budget he hasn't gotten -- it's a little bit of an attitude thing with bush budget.
It's coming and it'll be here it'll be here next weekend so we will we'll deal with that and I think we have an obligation to do that now -- know that the president has proposed some things that.
I'm not really happy about but what I do know is that for the people in my congressional district.
I know that we have to come out with something that Smart that lays the ground work.
Four great greater investment where we need to make investments and make sure that -- taxes are paid fairly calm and that -- certain that we can start getting people back to work.
Not -- -- -- your band one room I'll be in one room and say you know.
I have -- yeah.
Yeah we -- in the -- -- everybody you know AJ come up with an idea anyway -- -- nice to see efficacy and that's.