Tom Foley Supports GOP Negotiating Tactics on Shutdown

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CT Politics Blog:

“Foley Defended The Negotiating Tactics Of House Republicans. ‘So I Support What They’re Doing.”

According to the CT Politics blog, “A private equity manager from Greenwich who served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush, Foley said Democrats are trying to ram through all of the elements of the flawed health care law, including those aspects that are driving the system to a single-payer model. While he does not favor repeal of Obamacare the way many Tea Party members do, Foley defended the negotiating tactics of House Republicans. ‘So I support what they’re doing,’ Foley said. ‘I think some modified version of the health care bill that provided for universal health care, provided for coverage for pre-existing conditions, for example, and some other things in this bill are things that the majority of Americans support. (But) there are an awful lot of things in Obamacare that Americans don’t want and we can’t afford.'” [Hearst Media, CT Politics Blog, 10/1/13]

Connecticut Will Have 300 Fewer Jobs Than It Otherwise Would If The Government Shuts Down For A Few Days.

“Connecticut will have 300 fewer jobs than it otherwise would if the federal government shuts down for a few days, economist Steven Lanza said Monday. A three- to four-week closure would cost 2,000 jobs, Lanza added.” [, 10/1/13]

The Sequester and You

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Harmful automatic budget cuts aka The Sequester threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cut vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.

These cuts will make it harder to grow our economy and create jobs by affecting our ability to invest in important priorities like education, research and innovation, public safety, and military readiness.

President Obama has

A Balanced Plan to Avert the Sequester and Reduce the Deficit:

President's Plan re Sequester

Details re the President’s plan on dealing with the sequester.

Interactive Map: How will the Sequester impact the individual states reports that Congresswoman DeLauro met with twenty-three mayors and first selectmen from nearly every community in the 3rd Congressional District to discuss the automatic federal budget cuts that are taking effect.

“This is something that will happen gradually, but with a profound effect,” DeLauro said. “For example, $2.5 billion will be cut from the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief — that means cuts to direct assistance, Army Corps of Engineer cuts, transportation cuts — all of which will affect the ability of our cities and towns to repair their communities and to make them whole again.”

She said the so-called sequestration cuts will hurt a broad spectrum of people, from special education teachers to air travelers to those who need help paying their heating oil bills.

Share your story on how the budget cuts will effect you and help President Obama put pressure on the Republicans in Congress to reverse the Sequester.