Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D., Fla.) said should sequestration go into effect, the entire legislative agenda including gun control would be delayed Friday on MSNBC:
CHRIS JANSING: And I guess the other question is, if the sequester, you know, battle continues to go on, what it means for other things that need to get done. For example, today the president’s grass roots group is planning a national day of action with a protest outside of NRA offices, and I guess about a hundred other smaller events and rallies. I mean, for example, would work on gun legislation be delayed because of the sequester?
DEBBIE WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ: Well, everything is — everything would be delayed. You’re going to have massive indiscriminate cuts to education, to health care research, you’re going to have research grants that won’t get funded. I mean, the decisions that we make now, letting the sequester kick in, have short-term effects that affect people’s daily lives, but they also have significant long-term effects. If a university isn’t able to hire a researcher or — because the grant doesn’t come through — that researcher never does groundbreaking work that could save thousands of lives later on down the road. I mean, this is dramatically irresponsible. It’s irresponsible for our economy and the impact on it. It’s irresponsible to, in terms of the impact it would leave on the middle class and working families. The only ones who get protected are the wealthiest, most fortunate Americans. But that appears to be the Republicans’ goal. And it’s just baffling. How could they possibly continue to only care about people who are already doing really well who are the only ones that would be shielded from the impact of sequester cuts?