"We know that first-responders are being cut. We know that community police [are] being cut. We know that healthcare services, especially emergency healthcare services, are being cut," Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), head of the House Democratic Caucus, said Tuesday at a press briefing. "Why do we know that? Because we know the sequester ... demand[s] that we make these blind cuts across the board."
Becerra said the sequester — $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that launched in March — will likely leave Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (D) facing a budget crunch in the wake of Monday's tragedy.
"Chances are the mayor in Boston is now having to figure out how to cover for the extra costs involved in having so many people out there, for security, for emergency medical assistance," Becerra said. "He's probably now had to supplant money from some other part of his budget. Whether it's community police, whether it's a vaccine for kids provided through the city, they've got to pay for it."
Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Congress must ensure that security funds are not only available, but are allocated wisely.
"It's important for Congress to understand that monies that are sent for the purpose of homeland security need to be done on a judgment basis as to where the threat is highest," Crowley said. "A city like New York, Los Angeles, Boston — in this particular case, on Patriots' Day, on one of the most watched marathons in the world — the resources need to be there."
A lot of people called this yesterday. The left can't even wait a day to politicize a tragedy.