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Group Asks Rep. Woodall, Congress to Avoid 'Sequester'

Georgia Fair Share presented U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall with a banner signed by Gwinnett citizens concerned about cutbacks should Congress not be able to reach an agreement. Watch the video of the group presenting the 35-foot petition to Woodall's offic

With the clock ticking in Washington, D.C., protestors held a rally asking Congress to reach a deal before drastic cuts-- referred to "sequestering--" go into effect on March 1st.

The group Georgia Fair Share gathered outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville Thursday morning holding up a 35-foot banner. The banner was made up of dozens of pages of signatures from concerned Gwinnett citizens.

They then rolled up the banner, walked to Congressman Rob Woodall's office and delivered the petition to his office.

Georgia Fair Share is asking Woodall and Congress to prevent the sequester by closing corporate tax loopholes and ending outdated subsidies.

"Congress has an opportunity to stop budget cuts that will devastate our communities, and have money left over to reduce the deficit and invest in the middle class,” said Jason Pfeifle, an organizer with Georgia Fair Share.

He added, "But instead they refuse to make their corporate buddies and campaign contributors pay the taxes they owe this country. It’s a shame that some members of Congress are willing to sell out hardworking Americans in order to give corporations a handout."

If the sequester cuts goes into effect Friday, Gwinnett County could feel the effects in a number of ways. Gwinnett County Public Schools could take a hit of $3.4 million, the control tower at Briscoe Field could be forced to shut down, and funding for job search assistance could be hampered.

George Wilson March 01, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Rob Woodall doesn't have to listen to these people. He is in an undemocratic safe gerrymandered district which is the reason we have gridlock in Washington. Only about thirty congressional districts are really in play. All Woodall has to do is remain on the right to protect himself against a primary challenge from the right wing nuts in his party. The only hope for the South is a continued demographic change to replace the radical Republicans that now hold sway over our state.
Dave Emanuel March 01, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Of course, you don't have any problem with radical Democrats taking over do you George?
George Wilson March 01, 2013 at 09:45 PM
@Dave Emanuel What I want is an efficient ,effective, and moderate, government that works. Of course this is not what we have in the congress now. Look at the 10 to 15% approval rating.
Dave Emanuel March 01, 2013 at 10:25 PM
George- based on the comments you continually make, I find that hard to believe. You continually express the thought that Republicans, radical and otherwise, are the cause of virtually everything that's plaguing the country. You object to gerrymandering in areas that have Republicans in control, but don't seem to have a problem with districts that are gerrymandered for the the benefit of Democrats. As for an efficient, effective moderate government that works, do you propose that such a government would exist if members of Congress where chosen only by voters with mindsets such as the ones found in New York, Illinois and California?
George Wilson March 02, 2013 at 04:28 PM
@Dave Emanuel I object to gerrymandering anywhere. I object to not having an efficient and national uniform system to register and vote. I object as a southerner, to the south always being in the vanguard of reactionary, conservative beliefs and policies. I object to our government being bought out by plutocrats and corporations that do not have the countries interest at heart.

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