ThomasNet News Logo

AIA Calls for Permanent, Bipartisan Solution to sequestration.

January 4, 2013 - In her statement regarding failure to fix sequestration in fiscal cliff deal, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said "More than 2 million Americans across all sectors of the economy will lose their jobs starting in 57 days if our political leaders fail to fix the self-inflicted wound of sequestration." Blakey continued, saying this 2 month delay does not eliminate uncertainty facing business leaders and warfighters and urged Congress and President Obama to find permanent solution.
Original Press release

Aerospace Industries Association
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1700
Arlington, VA, 22209-3928
USA


AIA Urges Congress, President to Find a Permanent Bipartisan Solution to Sequestration


Statement by Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association on the failure to fix sequestration in the fiscal cliff deal



Arlington, Va. – While we are pleased Congress made some headway on tax elements of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, we are concerned that they could not agree to a long term solution to fix a problem no serious person wants – sequestration.  We are relieved that the heavy axe of sequestration will not fall today and we expect Congress will use the next two months to find thoughtful alternatives to ill-conceived, indiscriminate budget slashing.  More than 2 million Americans across all sectors of the economy will lose their jobs starting in 57 days if our political leaders fail to fix the self-inflicted wound of sequestration and the dangers it poses to our warfighters and national security.



Delaying implementation of sequestration by two months does not eliminate the uncertainty facing our business leaders and our warfighters.  If sequestration is not solved in the next 57 days, it would be an abdication of responsibility by the leaders of this country, one that will only heighten Americans’ cynicism and cement the public image of a gridlocked Washington that simply doesn't work.  According to reports, the Pentagon will be forced to send furlough notices to its 800,000 civilian employees if Congress fails to deal with this ill-conceived policy.  Those notices will inevitably become layoff notices if nothing is done.



Sequestration is a slow motion catastrophe for our military forces, our space program and virtually every critical function of our government from air traffic control and border security to food inspection and more.  We strongly urge Congress and President Obama to find a permanent bipartisan solution to sequestration; the clock has been reset and is ticking again.



-AIA-

Founded in 1919 shortly after the birth of flight, the Aerospace Industries Association is the most authoritative and influential trade association representing the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, missiles, homeland and cybersecurity systems, materiel and related components, equipment services and information technology.



Daniel N. Stohr

Director, Communications

Aerospace Industries Association

1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1700

Arlington, Virginia 22209 USA

T: 703-358-1078 C: 703-517-8173

dan.stohr@aia-aerospace.org
Brought to you by Thomasnet.com

News provided by ThomasNet News® (TNN). TNN is a comprehensive source of new and timely product information in the industrial marketplace. TNN supplies new product information to the web sites, e-marketplaces and print publications that serve the industrial marketplace.

Copyright © 2014 Thomas Publishing Company