Congressman Forbes, Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, has released a video discussing looming defense cuts and their threat to jobs and those who serve. The video is part of Congressman Forbes' Strong Defense, Strong America initiative, an effort to inform Members of Congress and the general public on the impacts of defense cuts that could result from the Supercommittee's deliberations or under sequestration as put forth in the Budget Control Act. Secretary Panetta has warned that if looming trillion dollar cuts to national defense are enacted, the nation will see unemployment climb by another one percent. That's over 1.5 million jobs lost. Such devastating job losses forecast by the Defense Secretary exceed all of the job losses in the construction industry during the recession. Even if Secretary Panetta's numbers are overstated, another $600 billion in security cuts would undoubtedly bring at least 200,000 pink slips for active duty war-fighters nationwide; 13 percent of our service members will be forced out. To these individuals, the threat of getting a late paycheck during a government shutdown will pale in comparison to the prospect of joining the ranks of unemployed Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who already face a 22 percent jobless rate. Another 200,000 job losses will come to Department of Defense civilian workers; one in four will get pink slips.
Question of the Week: Do you support Congressman Forbes' efforts to stave off drastic defense cuts that could result in a loss of jobs and an increase in unemployment of up to 1%?
Monday, October 24, 2011
instaPoll: Do you support Congressman Forbes' efforts to stave off drastic defense cuts that could result in a loss of jobs?
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