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Congress returns to packed budget agenda, tight deadlines

Congress returns to session this week with a few short months to reach a budget resolution for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 and agree on how to avoid the automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over the next decade that will be triggered Jan. 2, 2013, under the Budget Control Act debt limit deal. But don't expect much to get accomplished before the election, say budget experts.

Tags: Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , Julie Tagen , NARFE , Beth Moten , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , pay and benefits , budget , Congress , Budget Control Act , sequestration , workforce , retirement , Robert Tobias , American University

Monday - 04/16/2012, 11:10am EDT

Rep. Chris Van Hollen addresses voter protection issues - April 13, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., addresses voter protection concerns ahead of the 2012 election season, and Alliance for American Manufacturing Executive Director Scott Paul discusses job creation and the state of U.S. manufacturing. Also, Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack discusses health care reform.

Tags: Inside Government , Chris Van Hollen , Ron Pollack , Scott Paul

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 02:22am EDT
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Congressional roundtable discusses health care reform - April 6th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" U.S. Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Donna Christensen, D-Virgin Islands, discuss health care reform in the U.S. as the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, Common Cause President and CEO and former Rep. Bob Edgar, D-Pa., and Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative President Vinny DeMarco also join the discussion.

Tags: Eleanor Holmes Norton , Dennis Kucinich , Donna Christensen , Neera Tanden , Bob Edgar , Vinny DeMarco

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 08:05pm EDT
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AFGE responds to House GOP 2013 budget proposal - March 23rd, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" the union's Public Policy Director Jacque Simon analyzes the House Republican 2013 budget proposal and the potential impact on federal workers and public services. AFGE 3rd District National Vice President Keith Hill then turns the focus to Transportation Security Officers and the challenges they face at the workplace. Lastly, SUNY at Stony Brook Center for Study of Working Class Life Director Michael Zweig details his book, "The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret."

Tags: workforce , Jacque Simon , Keith Hill , Michael Zweig ,

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 07:47pm EDT
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Largest federal employee union pushes back against privatization - March 16th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Council of Prison Locals President Dale Deshotel and TSA Local 1120 Montana Vice President Eric Wood shed light on the dangers of privatization at their agencies. Food & Water Watch Senior Lobbyist Tony Corbo addresses ongoing concerns with a proposal to change federal poultry inspections while AFGE DoD Local 2142 President Joe Gonzales details the impact of workplace conditions on employee morale.

Tags: workforce , Tony Corbo , Dale Deshotel , Eric Wood , Joe Gonzales

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 06:40pm EDT
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Senate rejects pay freeze amendment to transportation bill

The Senate has defeated an amendment to a transportation bill that would have extended the federal pay freeze through 2013. In a 57-41 vote, lawmakers rejected the amendment, introduced last week by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). The measure needed 60 votes to pass. Federal unions applauded the news.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , Congress , Senate , pay freeze , Pat Roberts , NTEU , Colleen Kelley ,

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 05:19pm EDT

Senate amendment lets retiring feds go part-time

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced an amendment to the Surface Transportation Bill that offers part-time employment to retiring feds. The Senate passed the amendment Thursday.

Tags: Max Baucus , Surface Transportation Bill , pay and benefits , retirement , Congress , Senate , NTEU , Colleen Kelleher , Beth Moten , Daniel Akaka

Friday - 03/09/2012, 01:34pm EST

AFGE, Social Security Administration reach agreement on national contract - March 9th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" AFGE National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals President Witold Skwierczynski discusses the union's conceptual agreement with SSA for a new national contract. Skwierczynski also addresses the impact of office closures on the public. AFGE Housing and Urban Development Council 222 Executive Vice President Carolyn Federoff analyzes the federal deficit while Environmental Agency Protection Council 238 Executive Vice President Tom Link provides an update on the council's Save the Environment - Save the EPA campaign.

Tags: workforce , Inside Government , Witold Skwierczynski , Carolyn Federoff , Tom Link

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 07:16pm EST
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TSP Roth option coming soon for federal employees - March 2nd, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" First Command Financial Services District Advisor Bob Hill discusses the new Thrift Savings Plan Roth option and AFGE National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals Chairman Stan Painter details a proposal by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to change the inspection system for poultry plants. Also, AFGE Defense Conference Chair Don Hale and Vice Chair Patty Viers discuss personnel cuts at the Department of Defense and AFGE Nurses Steering Committee members Lisa Hartman and Shilo Schalk detail efforts to secure collective bargaining rights for all federal nurses.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Bob Hill , Stan Painter , Don Hale , Patty Viers , Lisa Hartman , Shilo Schalk

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 07:20pm EST
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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) addresses health care reform, importance of 2012 elections - February 24th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) discusses the importance of the 2012 elections, health care reform and what a single-payer health care system in the U.S. would look like. AFGE Field Services and Education Director Bill Fletcher and Transportation Security Administration Local Presidents Rick McCoy and Kim Kraynak-Lambert also join the program from the recent AFGE TSA Council 100 Founding Convention.

Tags: Inside Government , Jan Schakowsky , Bill Fletcher , Rick McCoy , Kim Kraynak-Lambert

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 07:33pm EST
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