This past week Debbie Wasserman Shultz suggested that her staff was being driven close to starvation due to the automatic sequestration cuts. This from the Washington Times:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Sequester nearly starving staffers
Automatic federal cuts are bringing staffers to the brink of starvation, suggested Debbie Wasserman Schultz, at a recent House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee hearing.
Restaurants on the House side of Congress are increasing in cost so much that aides are being “priced out” of a good meal, she said, as Fox News reported. The comments came by way of a discussion about the impacts of the sequester on lawmakers’ office budgets. Rep. Jim Moran said he may be forced to lay off a staffer — and then Ms. Wasserman Schultz weighed in with her tale of hard times.
Just to clarify: An 8-ounce bowl of Ham and Bean soup at the Cannon Office Building’s carry-out café costs $2. A gourmet wrap or sliced bread sandwich sells for about $5. And in the Longworth Building’s sit-down cafeteria, a serving of stuffed chicken, asparagus and mashed potatoes sells for about $7, Fox News finds.
Meanwhile, Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s staffers earn between $60,000 and $160,000 per year, Fox News reports.
I desperately need your help as I am near death. I make substantially less than her average staffer, in fact, I make less than $50K a year. I just checked the price of a sandwich at my cafeteria where I work, and a sandwich there is an appalling $5.75. With my wages being far below those of her staff, I am certain that I will be dead soon. Unless you send help today!
For the price of a mere cup of coffee a day, you can help me stay alive. At present, it is all I can do to scrape enough together for a simple meal each day. If these draconian cuts progress any further, I fear that my couch will no longer hold the change necessary to support my daily eating habits.
I am terrified I may pass away before such a budget could be passed as the Senate hadn’t passed a budget in nearly 4 years, nearly 170 million jobs could be lost, and many countries could be in jeopardy of losing their $100 millon in foreign aid. I implore you, please petition Congress to pass a budget, to end these draconian budget cuts, and keep me alive.