The Mo-Quester is Not a Solution for the Sequester

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2013


Cindi Branham, Communications
Madison County Democratic Party

HUNTSVILLE, AL, February 28, 2013 —Democrats reacted strongly to US Rep. Mo Brooks’ suggestion that Sequestration be avoided by repealing the Affordable Care Act, pointing out that Brooks has done little if anything to avoid a Sequester that will hit his heavily US Government-dependent North Alabama district with serious hardship.

“The “Mo-Quester” is not a solution for the Sequester,” said Clete Wetli, chair of the Madison County Democratic Party. “The impact of this lack of leadership will result in large losses to regional families and businesses, in terms of lost and reduced income and the resultant decline in overall personal spending,” Wetli added.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, regardless of Brooks’ and Gov. Robert Bentley’s opinions and actions. The people of Alabama are clearly the only ones who suffer by politicians’ refusal to do the math and thus the right thing for the state. Depriving the people of Alabama of health insurance is not the answer to our nation’s budget issues, and introducing a piece of legislation that has no chance of being productive in avoiding Sequestration is frustrating to constituents.

“Recently, Brooks has taken to blaming the Senate and the President, another over-used excuse. In fact, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle had to go to Washington, D.C. to hold Brook’s feet to the fire for his inability to see how these cuts would negatively affect Madison County,” added Wetli. “So now, suddenly, Mo springs into action with yet another bill that will be immediately marked “Dead on Arrival”. The ‘Mo-Questration’ of America’s healthcare to avoid defense cuts will not be taken seriously by anyone and shows another failure to come up with substantive legislation.“

Democrats feel that Brooks’ alignment with Tea Party extremists who have no other mission than to dismantle government, regardless of how it hurts their constituents or their communities, proves his inability to govern. The Sequester was intended to be a wake-up call for Congress; an impassioned cry for leadership and statesmanship to find a balanced way to address revenue, deficits, and debt. Unfortunately, Brooks seems only to be able to monotonously recite a tired line about Washington spending and refuses to see the full context of the U.S. economy. Brooks is perceived by many in his constituency as representing the worst of partisan obstructionism, fixated solely on making ideological points at the expense of the people who elected him.

The Alabama and Madison County Democrats believe in the equality of all people, the power of education, the dignity of work, and our responsibility to each other, especially the least of these people. The Democratic Party of Madison County promotes and supports progressive ideals and candidates throughout our communities.


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