By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is using the specter of potentially painful federal budget cuts due to sequestration as a fundraising tool.
In an email to supporters on Monday, the Hawaii Democrat asks for campaign contributions so he can continue his fight to make sure nothing like the sequester happens again.
Just days remain for Congress to reach a deal and avert the sequester’s disastrous cuts that would disproportionately threaten jobs and programs in Hawai`i, but Congressional Republicans still refuse to come to the negotiating table.
Hawai`i’s stake in what happens in Washington, D.C. is crystal clear today. That’s why I’m fighting to stop the sequester with a balanced approach, and why I’m more committed than ever to making sure Hawai`i always has the strongest possible voice to keep something like this from happening again.
So, while I’m fighting for Hawai`i in the Senate this week, I need you to stand with me and help kick off our 2014 campaign so we can stay strong today, tomorrow, and every day.
With nearly 15% of Hawai`i’s GDP tied to federal defense spending, the sequester’s blanket cuts pose a serious threat to our economic and national security. Tens of thousands of civilian workers could face unpaid furloughs, and the ripple effect would be disastrous.
In fact, according to a report by Wells Fargo, no state is more vulnerable to these cuts than Hawai`i.
We only have a few days to make sure these cuts don’t go into effect, and I need your support so I can gear up for 2014 and keep fighting as hard as I can every day in the Senate.
Thank you so much for helping me stand strong for all of us in the U.S. Senate. None of this would be possible with your support.