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Congress to Woodbridge and Virginia: 'Drop Dead'?

Speaking today in Virginia, President Obama targeted Congress for putting "games" over the jobs of tens of thousands of people in Virginia, and he asked for help to prevent sequestration. Here's how to contact your congressman.

President Obama dropped by Virginia on Tuesday, railed against Congress for yet another "manufactured crisis" -- this time sequestration 2013 -- and asked for help pressuring lawmakers to solve the budget impasse that could cost the state more than 200,000 jobs.

"If you agree with me, I need you to make sure your voices are heard," Obama told employees and television cameras at Newport News Shipbuilding. "Let your leaders know what you expect of them. Let them know what you believe."

The company receives Defense Department funding that's being threatened by drastic, mostly indiscriminate cuts that begin March 1 if no agreement is reached. Sen. Mark Warner has already warned that sequestration will be "worse than you imagine."

In addition to the potential job losses, Obama warned that under sequestration 18,000 fewer Virginians will get the skills and training they need to find jobs; 2,000 Virginia college students will lose financial aid; and early education programs will be eliminated for 1,000 children.

The president said Republicans in Congress have put more stock in playing games than in saving the jobs of those in Virginia and elsewhere around the country.

"This work, along with hundreds of thousands of jobs, are currently in jeopardy because of politics in Washington," Obama said. 

Translated, it brings to mind the infamous New York Daily News headline that followed Gerald Ford's refusal to bail out New York City from bankruptcy. The headline: "Ford to New York: Drop Dead."

Whoever is right or wrong, whoever is playing games or not, there's no doubt that even the prospect of sequestration is bad for Virginia. So, if you'd like to contact your government representatives, click on their names below:

Senator Tim Kaine (D)

B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4024

Senator Mark Warner (D) 

475 Russell Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510Phone: 202-224-2023Fax: 202-224-6295

Congressman Robert J. Wittman (R-District 1) 

2454 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4261
Fax: (202) 225-4382

Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-District 11) 

4308 Ridgewood Center Dr.
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Phone: (703) 670-4989
Fax: (703) 670-6042

Todd Richissin (Editor) February 26, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Is the president right? Congress is playing games with Virginia jobs?
miriam February 27, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Along with Congress, the President is one of the co-manfacturers of this crisis. The public needs to send the message that these ridiculous games of doomsday"chicken" are unacceptable political tools. The rest of the country seems to see this as a "Washington" problem, but we're not going to be the only ones impacted if sequestration occurs. I'm writing to representatives today and others to do the same.
Tom Higgins February 27, 2013 at 02:17 PM
I agree, let the wealthy and the Corporations pay their share. I have voted Republican since the abortion issue in 1973 but they are getting in my pocket too much now. Get off of your fannies and get this thing settled before sequestration. Too many people will loose their jobs and they all have a vote! digitalgranpa
Tom Fitzpatrick February 28, 2013 at 05:48 AM
Truly incredible commentary - not on sequestration, which the author and the initial respondants show that they do not understand - but on the sad state to which society and America in particular has fallen. Tell me, when listing the places to contact your representatives, why was the President not listed? Did you figure it would be a waste of time since between golf, campaigning and vacations, HE IS NEVER HOME? If so, I see your point. Still, he created the sequester, and his inability to agree to cutting one dime of spending anywher has created this situational crisis. As to the Republicans getting into anyone's pocket, how is keeping what you already have getting into someone else's pocket? To me, getting into one's pocket is when someone else who has not earned something takes something from someone who has earned something. In other words, work is no longer a virtue and spreading the wealth around is.
RME KRNL February 28, 2013 at 06:43 AM
Totally agree, Tom.
Lizzie M. Johnson March 04, 2013 at 04:09 PM
You are sleeping because if you were awake you would see it is not all on the president but pretty much on every one of them that we voted for and they could care less about the people and care all about themselves. I read in a BOOK called the HOLY BIBLE that stated Put Not Your Trust In Man BUT IN GOD THAT KNOWS ALL THINGS And is ALL. MAN WILL LET US DOWN BUT GOD WILL PREVAIL. REMEMBER ALL OF THIS BELONGS TO HIM.

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