With the clock ticking in Washington, D.C., protestors held a rally asking Congress to reach a deal before drastic cuts -- referred as to "sequestering" -- go into effect on March 1st.
The group Georgia Fair Share gathered outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville Wednesday 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Fair Share is asking Woodall and Congress to prevent the sequester by closing corporate tax loopholes and ending outdated subsidies.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. “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, Lawrenceville and 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 cut.