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(WASHINGTON) – Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) each asked for unanimous consent for the House of Representatives to consider H.R. 900, the “Cancel the Sequester Act of 2013,” before the House of Representatives adjourned and went on recess for the next week. The acting Speaker of the House denied this request. Earlier in the day, the House voted on a measure to grant the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flexibility in moving around funds to prevent air traffic controllers from being furloughed. Following these events, Rep. Conyers issued this statement:

“I am deeply disappointed that this afternoon the House Republican Leadership opted to obstruct my request to hold an up or down vote on my ‘Cancel the Sequester Act.’ With just one sentence, this legislation would immediately alleviate the suffering caused by these senseless across-the-board cuts, ” said Conyers.

“The sequester has already kicked thousands of low-income children out of the Head Start educational program and put 750,000 to 2 million jobs at risk. These arbitrary spending cuts mean that we will have 2,100 fewer annual food safety inspections and public housing funds will be slashed by $1.94 billion.

“While we were able to provide flexibility to the FAA to prevent air traffic controllers from being furloughed, the House Republican Leadership prevented us from extending that same consideration to the general public. The lack of resolve by Congress to deal with the ‘sequester’ is unconscionable. As my colleagues return to their districts this upcoming week, I urge them to listen to the stories of their constituents facing the burden of these indiscriminate cuts.”