Jordan Grills DOT, DOE Officials on Sequester Claims: 'It Was A Guess'

March 5, 2013 - 5:15 PM

Today, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) grilled the deputy secretaries of the Education and Transportation departments regarding claims of job losses and airport delays caused by the sequester.

Anthony W. Miller, United States Deputy Secretary of Education, and John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation testified before the House Oversight Committee. Rep. Jordan repeatedly asked them if the claims made by the secretaries of their departments were based on any actual studies or data.

"Is there any study that shows that this, in fact, is going to be the case?," Jordan asked.

Despite being asked multiple times, neither Miller nor Porcari were able to cite any such documented basis for the claims that 40,000 teachers could get pink slips and airport delays had increased up to 90 minutes due to the sequester.

"So, once again, it was a guess," Jordan concluded. "We have two secretaries - sec. of education, sec. of transportation - guessing, suggesting without data or a study to support, that these effects are going to happen.

"And, we have the Washington Post calling the secretary of education - I won't use the term - we have the Washington Post saying he misled the American people, to the tune of four out of four 'Pinocchios.'"

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