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I've Been Urged To Send This Sample Letter to My Reps in Congress

I received a work e-mail today about the pending sequestration cuts. The letter encourages us (employees) to fill out and send in the sample letter below to our representatives in Congress.

Personally I think cuts far beyond sequestration need to be made because our country is basically bankrupt. Spending more than the next 14 countries combined on the military doesn't make fiscal sense, nor will it gain us any more friends or greater security. I like what I do and think it's important, but it's politics and cronyism like this that taints it.

Anyways, I will not be sending this one in, but thought it may be of interest to some here.

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SAMPLE LETTER TO YOUR SENATOR OR CONGRESSMAN

Your Address
Your City, State, Zip

Date

The Honorable
U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives
Street Address
Washington, D.C.

Dear Senator or Representative :

Please act now to reverse the dangerous “sequestration” budget cuts that will decimate our military and our economy in less than a year.

Democrats and Republicans agree – the $500 billion sequestration cuts set to hit in January would be a national security catastrophe, producing the smallest Army since World War II, the smallest Navy since World War I, and the smallest Air Force in its history, putting our troops at risk by undermining readiness and training. Virtually all significant research and modernization would be canceled or pushed back – from the new stealth fighter needed on the front lines to the long-range strike bomber slated to replace 1950s era B-52s. The bottom line according to DOD -- these cuts mean “unacceptable risk in future combat operations.”

The economic impact would be just as bad. Experts at George Mason University and the University of Maryland say the cuts would destroy between 1 and 1.5 million American jobs, potentially driving a fragile recovery back into recession. They would also cut critical funding for NASA and FAA, stalling needed work on our aging air traffic control system and delaying any replacement for the space shuttle. Shuttering military research would dry up the innovation spigot that has fueled new industries and businesses for decades, from jet engines and digital computers in the last century to GPS and the Internet in this one. Today’s economy demands more investment and innovation, not ceding emerging fields to our rivals and letting competitors gain a foothold in emerging technologies like drones, nanotechnology, biofuels, and clean energy.

Cynical pundits say nothing can happen in Congress this year, because an election is coming, but this is a crisis that simply cannot wait. Businesses are laying off workers, the Pentagon is axing critical programs today, and NASA and the FAA will also suffer because of the sequestration threat.

It wasn’t long ago that foreign and military affairs stood apart from the ordinary partisan bickering in Washington. I urge you to stand up for that bipartisan tradition today.

Please defend our military and our economy by reversing the sequestration defense cuts.

Sincerely,



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