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Congressional, White House Action on Sequestration

Congress faces continuing resolution, sequestration and postal reform

Lawmakers returned to Washington, D.C., this week with a packed agenda. Topping the list of priorities is hammering out final details of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running beyond the end of the fiscal year -- Sept. 30. Amid the election-year politicking, the list of unfinished business also includes legislation to restructure the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service and a cybersecurity bill that aims to safeguard the nation's critical infrastructure. Perhaps looming largest of all is what Congress plans to do about automatic, across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, set to take effect Jan. 2. Failure to avert the cuts could send the country over a "fiscal cliff," budget experts warn.

Monday - 09/10/2012, 06:47pm EDT

White House misses deadline to deliver sequestration report, says plan coming next week

The White House plans to deliver a report to Congress late next week detailing how automatic, across-the-board cuts, set to take effect in January, will affect specific programs. The report is required under the Sequestration Transparency Act, which Congress overwhelmingly passed this summer and which the President signed on Aug. 7. The law directed the President to issue the detailed report within 30 days of signing it - a deadline that came this week and went unmet.

Friday - 09/07/2012, 03:19pm EDT

Republican convention, sequestration, and the real cause of the budget crisis

On this week's Bloomberg Government Capital Impact show, analysts will discuss the GOP convention in Tampa, preparations for sequestration, and what caused the budget crisis.
August 30, 2012

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 07:23pm EDT
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Lawmaker says fed pay, benefits used as 'piggybank' in deficit reduction

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), whose district in the Washington, D.C., suburbs is home to many federal employees, said he understands the frustration voiced by federal unions about a de facto extension of the federal pay freeze. Sarbanes said too often lawmakers used federal pay and benefits as a "piggybank" in deficit- reduction efforts.

Monday - 08/27/2012, 07:08pm EDT
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Legislative roundup: What feds should expect when Congress returns to work

Jenny Mattingley hosts of roundtable discussion of legislation pending in Congress that affect federal workers.
August 24, 2012

Friday - 08/24/2012, 11:07pm EDT
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Cliff-Walking 101

Federal workers are going to be doing the limbo on a hot seat for much of the rest of the year, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. Will sequestration kick in with its major across-the-board cuts, will the continuing resolution save the day and what if nothing happens, which seems to be what happens a lot these days?

Friday - 08/17/2012, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration, the Ryan budget, and more

Host Mike Causey moderates a roundtable discussion of sequestration, postal service buyouts, and more.
August 15, 2012

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 06:56pm EDT
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Dr. Strangelove: Or How We Learned To Love Sequestration

Coming soon...maybe...to a federal agency near you: Sequestration. Everybody is talking about it and nobody is doing anything about it. Congress set up the Dr. Strangelove-like time bomb to force it to do something...but so far nobody is doing anything but warning about federal furloughs and layoffs that could also devastate the contractor community.....

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 02:00am EDT

Senators sound defense budget alarm in North Vegas

A trio of Republican senators sounded the alarm over billions of dollars' worth of "catastrophic" and "draconian" military budget cuts set to take effect in January, telling an audience Monday that more time was needed for negotiations.

Monday - 08/13/2012, 09:02pm EDT

The nuts and bolts of the sequester

Republicans and Democrats are sounding the alarm: The budget sequester is coming and we have to do everything to stop it.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 02:55am EDT

Calm Before The Storm

August is hot in DC, Atlanta, Houston, St. Louis and Cincinnati and lots of other places too. But those of us inside the Beltway get a break you don't...that's because for the next month...until after Labor Day, tens of thousands of the people who at times make this such a toxic town are away back with the folks who sent them here in the first place.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

Was 2011 The Good Old Days???

When you think of the good old days do you think of your childhood, or maybe when you were in high school or college? For some people, like those who work for or are otherwise linked to Uncle Sam, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the good old days may be as recent as this time last year when we thought times were tough.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 02:00am EDT
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