Pennsylvania will take a pretty good hit if these spending cuts take place.
4th District Republican freshman Congressman Scott Perry met with some of his new constituents at a Town Hall meeting Monday afternoon in Fairview Township in York County.
One of the big issues is the sequester, the mandatory government cuts slated to go into effect on Friday.
Is this just another self-inflicted wound by our government?
It's hard to get the sense that Washington is panicking about this as Congress was again in recess last week.
How bad is the sequester going to be for you and me and for America? We asked Congressman Perry.
I don't get the sense that it is going to be that bad,” explained U.S. 4th District Representative Scott Perry. “And I think that even though there's a lot of folks that are concerned about it, I think that a lot of ways the federal government, the administration has been crying the sky is falling in an effort to get Congress to raise taxes and people are becoming numb to that.
“I would like to have a broader discussion, not have the sequester but have a budget discussion about how our money's coming in and where it's going agency by agency and program by program to see what we can support and what we should support and what our priorities are,” Perry continued.
We reported last week about the local impact to the military, the White House has now released how the cuts will affect other areas of the PA budget such as education and childcare.
$26.4 million in funding for primary and secondary schools, about 29,000 fewer students could be served. 2,300 kids could lose access to early education programs and up to 1,800 disadvantaged kids could lose access to childcare.
“I don't see why that's that big of an issue,” Perry reiterated. “I mean I think that there might be some concern, but I don't see what the President is saying, the teachers are going to be out on the street. I just don't see that happening,”
The congressman would like to see more specifically targeted cuts.
“Introducing a bill to allow all the agencies to perform their own trimming and decide where their fraud and wasteful programs are and make their own as opposed to a 10% right across the board,” Perry stated.
The democratic Auditor General, speaking at a press luncheon, is also frustrated by the quagmire in DC.
“Almost every member of congress, every member of the United States Senate and President of the United States are each saying in some different way shape or form that the sequester is a bad thing, that it is a bad idea, and yet non of them can do anything about it,” DePasquale urged.