(House of Representatives - February 14, 2013)

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                          IMPACTS OF SEQUESTER

  (Mr. PETERS of California asked and was given permission to address 
the House for 1 minute.)
  Mr. PETERS of California. The impacts of sequester will be felt in 
every district and State. San Diego is home to major research 
universities and technology firms. Last year, firms working on 
everything from improving cancer diagnostics to protecting our computer 
security received more than $130 million from the National Science 
Foundation and $850 million from the National Institutes of Health. In 
all, San Diego received more than 1,760 grants to support America's 
  I recently received a letter from Arisan Therapeutics, a small 
biomedical group in my district. This small team of dedicated 
researchers has been working on vaccines against the flu and dengue 
fever. If the sequester goes into effect, they will have to lay off 
their researchers and close. The sequester will not only hurt people, 
jobs, and families, but it will stop critical research in the 
biomedical sciences and stifle innovation in our labs and universities.
  Congress must act now so America and San Diego do not fall behind our 
international competitors and so that we continue to be on the cutting 
edge of technology. We must keep investing in our future.