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March 4, 2014
18:19 // 7 months ago
January 14, 2014

Trillion dollar budget deal would keep the government open through September 30

  • $1.1T will be needed to fund the government through the end of September, according to a new bipartisan budget deal being championed by Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and Democratic Senate Appropriations Chairman Barbara Mikulski. The bill should help legislators avoid a repeat of the 16-day government shutdown that took place last year, and will be introduced on the House floor on Wednesday. source
17:18 // 9 months ago
December 17, 2013
13:38 // 10 months ago
April 1, 2013

Sequestration forces White House to tighten its belt, too

  • 480 White House staffers will be required to take unpaid days off as a result of the sequestration which took effect on March 1, according to White House press secretary Jay Carney. White House officials have also apparently scaled back staff travel expenses, delayed filling open positions, and stopped using mobile Internet cards. source
15:39 // 1 year ago
March 20, 2013
21:10 // 1 year ago
March 13, 2013
We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next ten years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place. The question is, can we do it smarter, can we do it better? And– you know, what I’m saying to them is I am prepared to do some tough stuff. Neither side’s gonna get 100%….But ultimately, it may be that– the differences are just– too wide. It may be that ideologically, if their position is ‘We can’t do any revenue’ or ‘We can only do revenue if we gut Medicare or gut Social Security or gut Medicaid,’ then we’re probably not gonna be able to get a deal.
President Barack Obama • Speaking with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulus about the chances of Congressional Democrats and Republicans reaching any sort of compromise on Washington’s latest (semi-manufactured) budget crisis. source
16:34 // 1 year ago
February 27, 2013
14:18 // 1 year ago
February 26, 2013
We have moved a bill in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something.
Rep. John Boehner • Leaning on members of the U.S. Senate to work towards a solution to the sequestration cuts currently dominating the discussion on Capitol Hill. With roughly two days to go before approximately $83 billion in automatic cuts are triggered, the Speaker of the House denied President Obama’s claims that the GOP is holding up negotiations, saying the Republican-led chamber of Congress has already passed anti-sequestration twice, and laying blame back at the feet of the President. Unfortunately, for Speaker Boehner, the general public doesn’t seem to agree with that analysis. source
17:00 // 1 year ago
February 25, 2013
16:08 // 1 year ago
February 20, 2013

The looming sequester could have serious consequences for federal employees

  • 800K civilian Defense Department employees have been notified of potential furloughs in the near future, should Congress not agree on a deal that delays/avoids the automatic sequester scheduled to take effect at the end of the month. The potential budget cuts have workers facing more than three weeks of unpaid leave and, should a deal not be reached in time, the Pentagon says employees will be asked to stay home one day a week for 22 consecutive weeks. source
15:06 // 1 year ago