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White House Details NH Sequester Cuts

In NH, includes $1 million loss for education and furlough for 1,000 civilian employees of the Defense Department. GOP says Obama relying too much on tax hikes.

The White House has issued a state-by-state impact report of sequestration – the automatic cuts possible by March 1 – that includes 1,000 civilian Defense Department employees furloughed and a loss of $1 million for teachers and schools in New Hampshire.

This comes as President Obama and Republican leaders in Congress try to resolve differences in ways to cut the deficit and, possibly, agree to various revenue scenarios.

Gov. Maggie Hassan, in Washington for various governors' association meetings, touted the president's proposal to resolve the nation's latest fiscal crisis. A resolution must be at hand because, as she told HuffPost, the sequester "is going to stop our economic recovery in its tracks."

The same news report characterized the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts as increasingly likely.

House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), see the White House moving to rely more on tax increases to avert the sequester.

The new White House report (attached here as a PDF) includes the following as produced by the White House:

  • Teachers and Schools: New Hampshire will lose approximately $1,078,000 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 1,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 10 fewer schools would receive funding.
  • Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, New Hampshire will lose approximately $2.2 million in funds for about 30 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: New Hampshire would lose about $1,500,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, New Hampshire could lose another $359,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.
  • Military Readiness: In New Hampshire, approximately 1,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $5.4 million in total.
  • Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $1 million in New Hampshire.
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: New Hampshire will lose about $71,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
  • Public Health: New Hampshire will lose approximately $126,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, New Hampshire will lose about $330,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 300 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the New Hampshire State Department of Health Statistics and Data Management will lose about $60,000 resulting in around 1,500 fewer HIV tests.
  • STOP Violence Against Women Program: New Hampshire could lose up to $28,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 100 fewer victims being served.
Mike black February 25, 2013 at 01:16 PM
John Kerry was the leader of the super committee.
Charles Hatch February 25, 2013 at 01:18 PM
You are 100% correct newsflash, people, the voters are sick and tired which is why the president was reelected for four more years.
Mark A. Buckawicki February 25, 2013 at 01:32 PM
The jury's still out on sequestration.
Give me a Break February 25, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Seequestration falls onto the shoulders of the Republicans, their baloney caused this and they own it. My family will lose almost a weeks pay a month if the Sequestration goes through and you can be sure that we and others effected know excatly how and why it happened. Local businesses will lose money spent by federal employees who work in NH as well as Massachusetts, and it will be no small amount. Not to mention the fact that federal money lost to our local school will be picked up by local taxpayers, since some of the programs that are effected are federally mandated.
Jan Schmidt February 25, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Mike, can we count on anything you say to be truthful? Here's a little about each member of the committee. Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas (Republican and committee co-chair): Hensarling -- chairman of the House Republican Conference -- served on President Obama's debt commission but voted against it. What did he object to exactly? Tax increases. The debate over taxes is expected to be fierce. If his past positions are any clue, Hensarling is likely to be vocally opposed to any new revenues. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington (Democrat and committee co-chair): Murray is not just a senator. She also chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and it is her job to recruit candidates who can beat her Republican colleagues. Her appointment has already drawn criticism from the Republican National Committee, which views her as an overly political figure. She is a member of the Budget and Appropriations committees. Seriously.. We aren't that stupid to not check, why not just be honest and have people respect you?
San Quentin February 25, 2013 at 01:50 PM
No budget Obama=Phony budget Hassan
News Flash February 25, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Next time don't vote for a democrat. Doubt that it will sink into you.
Seamus Carty February 25, 2013 at 03:19 PM
The raw numbers really don't help much. What is the overall percentage reduction in funds coming from the Fed to NH? Overall in the country it is a 2.3% reduction from what was planned (not from the previous year's spending; it is actually a reduction in the increased spending, not an absolute cut). Is this a 2.3% cut for NH? 1%? 8%?
Seamus Carty February 25, 2013 at 03:21 PM
" My family will lose almost a weeks pay a month" How will your pay go down 20+% due to sequestration? That can't be true for many people as it is $85B spread out across the entire country...
Seamus Carty February 25, 2013 at 03:25 PM
The members of the committee: http://www.asahq.org/For-Members/Advocacy/Federal-Legislative-and-Regulatory-Activities/Joint-Committee-on-Deficit-Reduction.aspx John Kerry was on the committee. Not a chair. As for being a "leader", that would be debatable....
Seamus Carty February 25, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Since Obama took office, the Federal budget has gone up 17%. The American people have had to do with less during these tough economic times.... The Fed can do so as well...
News Flash February 25, 2013 at 03:46 PM
White House Confusing, Distorting Facts on Obama and the Sequester Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/sequester/2013/02/25/woodward-obamas-sequester-deal-changer#ixzz2LvUSebna Note democRAT lemmings comments.
Give me a Break February 25, 2013 at 05:00 PM
@ Seamus Carty rather then lay people off most federal departments are cutting 20 percent across all employees. @News Flash why would I vote for a party that has nothing to offer, but more of the same. If tax cuts alone worked we'd have a flush economy from it being tested in real time since the early 2000's.
News Flash February 25, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Socialists do not vote for Republicans anyway, so who cares the way you vote.
Give me a Break February 25, 2013 at 05:20 PM
@News Flash Apparently you do, since you brought up voting in the first place.
News Flash February 25, 2013 at 05:26 PM
You voted for Obama. Now you are paying the price for that vote. Votes certainly do have consequences.
Give me a Break February 25, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Nice try dude, but this is in the lap of the republican party, and they will pay the consequences of their votes or lack of votes.
Really?? February 25, 2013 at 06:14 PM
PURE FANTASY
Jan Schmidt February 25, 2013 at 06:43 PM
See Mike - even Seamus would like you to check before you post.
Seamus Carty February 25, 2013 at 07:53 PM
"most federal departments are cutting 20 percent across all employees." Any source on this? This would be a furlough for one week out of a month. There is no way that this is going to happen to anything but a small percentage of government employees. That would add up to a huge amount of money. Way more than $85B.
Seamus Carty February 25, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Check it again Janice Schmidt (D-Nashua). Mike stated that Kerry was the leader. He did not claim he was the chair. What he stated is not necessarily not truthful in that Kerry is a very senior senator and could be a "leader" without being the chair... kerry was rather vocal on the issue: "Both economic and military aid would be cut, Secretary of State John Kerry warned the committee. Along with a $70 million cut to the USAID budget, Kerry warned that "sequestration would force us to cut approximately $200 million from our humanitarian assistance accounts at a time when we face growing needs in Syria, the Horn of Africa, and the Sahel. ... USAID would have to cease, reduce, or not initiate assitance to millions of disaster-affected people." On military aid: "An over $300 million cut to our Foreign Military Financing account could lead to reductions in military assistance to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, undermining our commitment to their security at such a volatile time." http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/57-terrible-consequences-sequester/story?id=18551994
saminnh February 25, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Isn't the reason the nation is in these financial straights is because during the years of the previous administration, we had two unfunded illegal wars, a drug benefit for seniors which was denied the right to negotiate prices with the drug companies, and tax cuts. Whoever heard of having taxcuts during war time? Then the economy collapsed, and millions have lost their jobs and tax receipts have fallen because so many are out of work and at the same time the government safety net is being used and stretched to its limits costing us even more expense without the money to pay for it. Taxes are the lowest since the 1950s. What we need to do is close the loopholes, and stop the corporate welfare to big oil, big pharma, big agriculture, and make the rich pay their fare equal share.
Give me a Break February 25, 2013 at 09:07 PM
http://www.stripes.com/news/dod-civilian-furloughs-planned-what-it-means-for-you-1.208813
Steve Crump February 25, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Saminnh: Sound like a big liberal puppet of the ruling administration.
Louise MacNeill February 25, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Obama,do not trust you at all. Let the sequesture begin.
Dennis Jette February 26, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Whitehouse has been distorting the facts. As stated in an earlier post this is cuts in "planned" spending. The NH departments will just have to live within their current means like the rest of us. Don't trust our Socialists in chief or his new lackies in NH state gov't, especially our new govener who is already trying to raise our taxes with yet unapproved gambling revenues.
Atlant February 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Louise: Three questions: 1. Why don't you trust President Obama? 2. Did you trust President Bush? 3. What's your primary news source?
Hilltopper February 26, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Mr/Ms Give me a Break, Furloughing 800K civilians 8 hours a week will save about 1/4 of a Billion a week. Four weeks at this savings rate will almost pay for ONE F-35 Jet. Sorry, not impressed. This is a smoke and mirrors act, to stir up the constituency,
Steve Crump February 27, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Atlant: The man you elected is lying to you - when you cut only 2% off the planned increases Obama sounds like the world will come to an end. This country will spend 6o Billion on Sandy relief; certianly we can cut 85 bil out of the entire government. And this is only the beginning of the many cuts that should be made in his bloated " I want all your money" plan. I cant call it a budget because he never had one. Atlant: You need to stop drinking the Kool Aid from Washington and start thinking for yourself. You cant do what Washington is doing in your own personal budgets. You would go broke in a week. Why are we allowing them to spend so much ?? BTW: I get my news information from the Wall Street Journal, my own common sense and from my degree in Economics. You should spend less time on your cell phone and think for yourself. I love my country but I hate what the "Dear Leader" is doing to "Amerika"
Atlant February 27, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Based on my experience, it's far more likely that the Right Wing commentators on Patch are lying. And while the news from the Wall Street Journal is pretty good, RandO is 100 % shite.

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