Articles Tagged 'Sequester'

GOP looks ahead to next fight: Sequesters

October 17, 2013
The ink on the final debt and spending agreement hadn’t even dried and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republicans’ leader, was already drawing a red line around the next fight: budget sequesters. The Kentucky Republican acknowledged the deal he had negotiated with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wasn’t a particularly good bargain for Republicans, but he said it had one bright… READ MORE

Government spends thousands of taxpayer dollars on absolutely nothing

April 27, 2013

While the country continues to feel the sting of the budget cuts known as sequestration, the federal government continues to shell out millions of taxpayer… READ MORE

Senate votes to blunt air-traffic controller furloughs

With airport delays piling up, the Senate voted late Thursday to give the Obama administration the power to cancel its furloughs of air traffic controllers… READ MORE

Sequester axe falls in Washington — but not on lawmaker salaries

One small group is curiously immune from the sequester and the related furloughs that are about to become a fact of life in Washington: Congress. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will take a pay cut because of this year’s $85 billion in automatic spending cuts, including about 750,000 at the Pentagon alone. Air traffic control towers are being closed,… READ MORE

What Sequester? US unblocks $500M for Palestinians

March 25, 2013
The United States has quietly unblocked almost $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority which had been frozen by Congress for months, a top US official said Friday. The news that the funds had finally been freed up came after US President Barack Obama met top Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a landmark visit to Israel and the West… READ MORE

Reporter Asks Carney: Will Obama Cut Back on Lavish Vacations, Golf Trips?

A reporter from Colorado asked White House spokesman Jay Carney how President Obama justifies “lavish vacations” and golf trips, and whether he plans to cut… READ MORE

Backlash grows over release of illegal immigrants; GOP wants to know who gave final approval

The Obama administration’s decision to release some immigrants awaiting deportation back into the community has spawned a furious backlash from Congress, where stunned lawmakers have besieged the Homeland Security Department with questions. Department officials have described the move as a cost-savings measure required by the budget sequesters, but two years ago one top official testified to Congress that detaining immigrants… READ MORE

Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised

The White House announced Tuesday that it is canceling tours of the president’s home for the foreseeable future as the sequester spending cuts begin to… READ MORE

Wall St. pierces sequester gloom

The stock market burst through predictions of sequester doom Tuesday as the Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high of 14,253.77. The Dow… READ MORE

Conservatives Claim to Be Prepared for Cuts and for Life Under the Sequester

by Emma Dumain, Roll Call
March 4, 2013
Conservative lawmakers elected to Congress in the Republican wave of 2010 came to Capitol Hill pledging that they would lead by example in cutting spending. In the 112th Congress, even before House GOP leadership mandated that members’ office budgets and committee coffers would be slashed first by 5 percent and then by 6.4 percent, many Republican members said they were… READ MORE

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