Votes on On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 2775 As Amended)

Stop the Shutdown! Stop the Sequester!

Thanks to all of you for your hard work over the last 16 days. I wanted to provide you with some further information on last night’s vote. The Senate vote was 81-18 and the House vote was 285-144.  A YES vote is “Right” and a NO vote is “Wrong” in both chambers.

Here are the actual votes by Senator.

Here are the actual votes by Representative.

Here is a New York Times  article also describing the shutdown votes.

Check the links above to see if your Senators and Representatives voted the right way. If they did, make sure to thank them for standing firmly by our side during the Lockout, and to remind them to continue stand with us during the FY 2014 budget talks. Click here for the phone script to thank those who voted with us. 

John Boehner’s Shutdown

Editorial

John Boehner’s Shutdown

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Published: October 1, 2013

By Tuesday morning, the leadership failure of Speaker John Boehner was complete. In encouraging the impossible quest of House Republicans to dismantle health care reform, he pushed the country into a government shutdown that will now begin to take a grievous economic toll.

At any point, Mr. Boehner could have stopped it. Had he put on the floor a simple temporary spending resolution to keep the government open, without the outrageous demands to delay or defund the health reform law, it could easily have passed the House with a strong majority — including with sizable support from Republican members, many of whom are aware of how badly this collapse will damage their party. Continue reading “John Boehner’s Shutdown”

U.S. Government Shuts Down in Budget Impasse

U.S. Government Shuts Down in Budget Impasse

Doug Mills/The New York Times

A National Park Service police guarded The Lincoln Memorial as signs were put up explaining government shutdown, on Tuesday.

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Published: October 1, 2013 WASHINGTON — The vast machinery of the federal government began grinding to a halt Tuesday morning just hours after weary lawmakers gave up hope of passing a budget in the face of Republican attacks on President Obama’s health care law.

House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio headed to vote on the latest bill to link further government financing to a weakening of President Obama‘s health care law.

President Obama met with his cabinet on Monday to discuss how to deal with a possible government shutdown. Continue reading “U.S. Government Shuts Down in Budget Impasse”

Sequestration cuts continue to take their toll, even on firefighting

Sequestration cuts continue to take their toll, even on firefighting

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Wed Jul 3, 2013 10:09 AM EDT

Associated Press

Ordinarily on the 4th of July, many U.S. military bases host fireworks displays for the community, but this year, sequestration cuts have caused several cancellations. Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg, and Shaw Air Force Base, among others, have scrapped the traditional celebrations, citing “fiscal challenges.”

But maybe you don’t care about fireworks displays. Fine. How about the federal court system? Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts explained over the weekend the sequester has hit the U.S. judiciary “particularly hard” and has had a “direct impact” on the ability of the courts to meet public needs. Continue reading “Sequestration cuts continue to take their toll, even on firefighting”

Sequester Threatens Superfund, Air Pollution, Oil Spill Oversight

February 21, 2013

Sequester Threatens Superfund, Air Pollution, Oil Spill Oversight

Superfund enforcement, air pollution monitoring and oversight of oil spills are all under threat from the severe budget cuts known as the sequester, which is scheduled to take effect in just over a week if the federal government does not act to avoid it.

The sequester was signed into law in 2011 as part of a raft of measures that ended that year’s crisis surrounding whether or not to raise the country’s debt ceiling. According to multiple news sources, the President and congressional republicans have thus far made little progress towards an agreement to head off the $85 billion in budget cuts that would automatically come into effect on March 1. Continue reading “Sequester Threatens Superfund, Air Pollution, Oil Spill Oversight”