By Congressman Scott Peters (D-San Diego)
March 12, 2013 -- Two weeks before the sequester took effect, House leadership called a recess and sent us home. As a former Port Commissioner and City Council president, that was foreign to me. I could not believe, with the amount of work still to be done, we were sent home. And, even more frustrating, that we were sent home without being allowed to vote on a single alternative to the sequester, because leadership didn’t agree with the legislation. This, in my opinion, is not representative of the democratic process that the United States is regarded for.
I used my time at home to send a message back to Washington. I worked with our port commissioners, scientific research community and maritime workers to tell Congress that the negative effects of the sequester will be felt in San Diego through layoffs, furloughs, stifled research and decreased GDP.
March 7, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:
- Carrier cancellation heats up sequester fight as cuts take effect (The Hill)
- But what do the cuts mean for me? A sequester FAQ for the rest of us (Slate)
- Goal to cut deficit by $4 trillion in reach (Sacramento Bee)
- Sequester puts more cancer patients at risk of dying, researchers say (Daily Beast)
- Military foreclosure rates raise concerns (U-T San Diego, based on New York Times story)
- DHS freed over 2,000 immigrants since February (Sacramento Bee)
- Military draft registration: Goodbye to the draft board? (Christian Science Monitor)
- Democrats turn to FCC to reveal secret donors behind political ads (The Hill)
- Birds May Use 'Sound Maps' To Navigate Huge Distances (NPR)
- Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez dies (CNN)
- Mexican president warns party over graft: No one is untouchable (Reuters)
- The Holocaust just got more shocking (New York Times)
- Afghan Government Bans Some American Forces For Links To Killings And Torture (NPR)
- In Depressed Spain, ATMs That Dispense Free Cash (NPR)
- Assad forces take Aleppo village, reopening supply line (Reuters)
- Volcanic eruptions might lessen greenhouse effects (CS Monitor)
- MIT Invents A Machine That Can Look At Batman's Face And See His Heart Beating (NPR – fascinating video)
- Doctors report first cure of HIV in a child (USA Today)
- New drug doubles risk of pancreatitis (Ivanhoe Newswire)
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