COLA calculation is at the center of latest fiscal cliff standoff

COLA calculation is at the center of latest fiscal cliff standoff

Matt Rourke/AP

With fiscal cliff negotiations stalled, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has called his old dance partner Vice President Joe Biden in from the sidelines.

“I have also placed a call to the vice president to see if he could help jump start the negotiations on his side,” McConnell said on the floor Sunday afternoon. “The vice president and I have worked together on solutions before and I believe we can again.” Continue reading “COLA calculation is at the center of latest fiscal cliff standoff”

The most expensive votes of 2012, in one chart

Posted by Sean Sullivan on December 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

Running a campaign is expensive. In some cases, it’s very expensive.

Thanks to a handy new chart from the Sunlight Foundation, it’s easy to see exactly how pricey the election was for the congressional candidates who spent the most money per eligible voter and vote during the 2012 cycle.

The chart features 20 congressional candidates who spent at least $35 per vote and includes the amount each one spent per eligible voter:  Continue reading “”

Sequestration, Defense, and the EPA

Sequestration, Defense, and the EPA

The fiscal cliff looms. Part of that cliff is “sequestration“: the political agreement, enacted into law, to automatically cut federal spending across the board by $1.2 trillion over ten years, starting with $109 billion next year. Half the cuts would be in defense, half in domestic spending. These mindless cuts, which nearly all of Congress acknowledges as damaging, would go into effect on January 2nd if Congress fails to reach agreement on an alternative.

Shockingly, Congressional Republicans want an even worse outcome—increases in defense spending along with more than double the sequestration cuts in domestic spending to make up the difference. They are particularly gunning for elimination of clean air, clean water, and most other programs run by the EPA. Congressional Democrats want a more balanced approach with at least some of the deficit reduction coming from tax increases on the wealthy, and fewer domestic cuts. Yet the Democrats have failed to unite behind any significant cuts in military spending.

Few realize that, even beyond spending for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, base defense spending rose over 77% in the last decade .* Obama‘s much maligned “defense cuts” amount to less than 1% in base military spending from 2012 to 2013. Looking forward, our military spending needs to be rolled back much more, not less, than sequestration would require. And we need to protect the EPA and reinvigorate federal programs that help to stave off global warming and environmental disaster.

How to Get Union-Made Shopping Lists Sent to Your Phone


09/15/2012; Jackie Tortora

How to Get Union-Made Shopping Lists Sent to Your Phone

Have you ever been browsing the aisles of the grocery store hoping to remember all those union-made products the AFL-CIO Now blog wrote about? Or maybe you’re at the toy store trying to find that perfect gift that’s made in America? Union Plus has a simple solution if you left your shopping list at home.

On your mobile device:

  • Text CARS to 22555 for union-made vehicles.
  • Text BEER to 22555 for union-made beer.
  • Text PETS to 22555 for union-made pet products.
  • Text CANDY to 22555 for union-made candy.
  • Text TOYS to 22555 for union-made toys.

*Message and data rates may apply depending on your cell plan. You can opt out of our text service at any time by replying STOP to any message that you receive.

Reply HELP or contact for help.

Obama v. Romney on federal pay, the size of government and management

Obama v. Romney on federal pay, the size of government and management

Debate over the nature and scope of the federal government has taken on unusual prominence during the 2012 presidential elections. On the campaign trail, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have offered remarkably different visions of how they will manage a federal government facing tough budget decisions and other significant policy matters in the coming years.

We’ve put together a graphic that we hope will guide you on how each candidate wants to shape federal spending, personnel, defense, and pay and benefits. The information was gathered from published policy positions, speeches, media statements and — in Obama’s case — his first term record.  We will update the graphic as more information becomes available. Continue reading “Obama v. Romney on federal pay, the size of government and management”