Thursday – 3/21/2013, 2:43am EDT
Deputy Commerce Secretary for Resource Management Hari Sastry, left, looks over documents on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, during a break in his testimony in a joint hearing on sequestration held by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs, and the subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to lock in $85 billion in widely decried spending cuts aimed at restraining soaring federal deficits — and to avoid a government shutdown just a week away. The bill also extends the current federal employee pay freeze through the end of 2013. President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats rejected a call to reopen White House tours scrapped because of the tightened spending.
Federal meat inspectors were spared furloughs, but more than 100 small and medium air traffic facilities were left exposed to possible closure as the two parties alternately clashed and cooperated over proposals to take the edge off across-the-board spending cuts that took effect on March 1. Continue reading “Senate approves huge 2013 spending bill, averting shutdown”
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I applaud everyone’s great work in reelecting President Obama. You helped make the difference.
And we need to celebrate our great victories in tough Senate races across the country: Sherrod Brown (OH), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Tim Kaine (VA), Claire McCaskill (MO), Joe Donnelly (IN), Chris Murphy (CT), Martin Heinrich (NM), Jon Tester (MT) Mazie Hirono (HI), and Heidi Heitkamp (ND).
Celebrate today! Then we need you to roll up your sleeves and call your lawmakers tomorrow! The Lame Duck Session of Congress begins next Tuesday and there’s a lot at stake for federal employees.
Watch this short video we just made about the Lame Duck session.
Then use your personal cell phone or home phone to call both your Senators and your Representative toll free at 1-888-659-9401. Tell your three lawmakers:
• End the Bush Tax Cuts for the richest 2%
• Oppose any more cuts to critical services
• Oppose any more cuts to federal pay and pensions
• Oppose any changes to Social Security and Medicare
You and voters across the country soundly rejected the Romney/Ryan plan yesterday. Our country needs tax fairness – not tax breaks for the very rich. We need to continue rebuilding America. And we start tomorrow. Your calls will get us in the fight, brothers and sisters.
Call your three lawmakers right now, toll free at: 1-888-659-9401.
Again, I applaud all of your hard work and look forward to all that we will do together in the weeks ahead.
J. David Cox, Sr.
AFGE National President
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