McConnell wary of Murray-Ryan 2.0

McConnell wary of Murray-Ryan 2.0

By Alexander Bolton – 09/15/15 06:00 AM EDT

Democrats are working with a small group of Republican appropriators in a push for an eight-week stopgap government funding measure meant to give leaders time to negotiate Ryan-Murray 2.0, a budget deal that will allow them to pass appropriations bills before Christmas.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, is leery about setting up talks that would likely result in higher spending levels and wants the continuing resolution to go into December, which Democrats fear would let the air out of potential talks. Continue reading “McConnell wary of Murray-Ryan 2.0”

Budget Deal Optimism Emanates From Top House Appropriator

Budget Deal Optimism Emanates From Top House Appropriator

By Emma Dumain Posted at 5:05 p.m. on Dec. 3

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Rogers is not preparing a fallback plan in case budget conferees fail to reach a deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said Tuesday that he is “somewhat optimistic” that the members of a bipartisan, bicameral budget conference committee will deliver on a broad spending agreement by their Dec. 13 deadline.

Fearing a broad budget deal might ultimately elude conferees, House GOP leaders are reportedly mulling a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government through Jan. 15, when the current CR expires — but the Kentucky Republican doesn’t think that will be necessary. Continue reading “Budget Deal Optimism Emanates From Top House Appropriator”

Government shutdown part 2? Democrats line up against stopgap spending bill

Government shutdown part 2? Democrats line up against stopgap spending bill

By Mike Lillis and Erik Wasson

Greg Nash

House Democrats of all stripes are lining up against a stopgap spending bill that further entrenches the blunt sequester cuts.

GOP leaders could bring a vote as early as next week on a short-term continuing resolution (CR) likely to adopt the $967 billion sequester-level spending cap urged by many Republicans. But the pushback from Democrats this week has been near universal, with liberals and centrists alike vowing to join party leaders in opposition to any such measure.

“I’m not going to support a short-term CR that leads to a $967 billion level,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House minority whip, said Tuesday during a press briefing in the Capitol. “I believe that hurts our national security, it hurts our economy and it undermines our responsibility of running government at a level that is productive for our people.” Continue reading “Government shutdown part 2? Democrats line up against stopgap spending bill”

Bill is Triple Whammy for Federal Employees

Bill is Triple Whammy for Federal Employees

By , About.com GuideMarch 14, 2013

Robert Longley

While the latest government spending “continuing resolution” just passed by the House would at least delay a government shutdown, it would also mean three more potential financial setbacks for some 1.8 million federal employees.

While the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 (H.R. 933), would allow the government to keep on spending taxpayers’ money at the 2012 rate until Sept. 30, 2013, it also attempts to save some money by cancelling the 0.5% raise for federal employees set to start on March 27, extending their current pay freeze through the end of 2013 and confirming that they can legally be forced to take unpaid furloughs because of sequestration. Continue reading “Bill is Triple Whammy for Federal Employees”

2013 Pay Adjustments for Federal Civilian Employees

         12/21/2012                                                                                                                                                           CPM 2012-12

MEMORANDUM FOR HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
From: John Berry
Director
Subject: 2013 Pay Adjustments for Federal Civilian Employees
On September 28, 2012, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 (Public Law 112-175) (Resolution) became law. Section 114 of that law states that “any statutory pay adjustment (as defined in section 147(b)(2) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Public Law 111–242)) otherwise scheduled to take effect during fiscal year 2013 but prior to the date specified in section 106(3) of this joint resolution [March 27, 2013] may take effect on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after the date specified in section 106(3).” (See Attachment 1).

Consistent with the Resolution, on December 21, 2012, the President issued a memorandum stating that any increases in pay systems or pay schedules covering executive branch employees or any general increases in covered employees’ rates of pay that could otherwise take effect as a result of the exercise of administrative discretion should not be made until after the date specified in section 106(3) of the Resolution. (See Attachment 2.) The President directed the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to issue any necessary guidance on implementing this memorandum. Continue reading “2013 Pay Adjustments for Federal Civilian Employees”