Democrats: Leave Federal Employees Alone

Democrats: Leave Federal Employees Alone

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, introduced a resolution “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives supporting federal employees.”
Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, introduced a resolution “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives supporting federal employees.” Susan Walsh/AP

House Democrats are calling on budget negotiators to protect federal employees and their benefits, arguing the federal workforce has already borne the brunt of too many cuts.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, introduced a resolution “expressing the sense of the House of Representatives supporting federal employees,” and dozens of her colleagues have signed on.

“Federal employees inspect the food we eat and the places we work, prevent the flow of illicit drugs into our nation, maintain the safety of our nation’s borders, care for our nation’s veterans, deliver our mail and keep the national defense systems prepared to respond to any threat to our safety,” the resolution states. Continue reading “Democrats: Leave Federal Employees Alone”

Poll: Major damage to GOP after shutdown, and broad dissatisfaction with government

Poll: Major damage to GOP after shutdown, and broad dissatisfaction with government

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Video: Will voters remember the shutdown next year? Incumbents usually win elections. But after a shutdown, near-default and historic lows in Congressional approval, voters are claiming they’ll reverse that trend in 2014. The Post’s Aaron Blake weighs in.

The budget confrontation that led to a partial government shutdown dealt a major blow to the GOP’s image and has exposed significant divisions between tea party supporters and other Republicans, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The survey highlights just how badly the GOP hard-liners and the leaders who went along with them misjudged the public mood. In the aftermath, eight in 10 Americans say they disapprove of the shutdown. Two in three Republicans or independents who lean Republican share a negative view of the impasse. And even a majority of those who support the tea party movement disapprove. Continue reading “Poll: Major damage to GOP after shutdown, and broad dissatisfaction with government”

The shutdown is over, but federal employee morale still suffers

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about the federal workplace that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

The shutdown is over, but federal employee morale still suffers

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Uncle Sam is recovering from nonessential surgery done with a dull, dirty blade.

The partial government shutdown ended Thursday, but it opened a slow-healing wound that has corroded trust and confidence in the political process and Sam’s ability to stay on the job.

Shutdown damages Republicans, with plenty of pain to go around

Shutdown damages Republicans, with plenty of pain to go around

It also seriously infected employee morale.

Focus on Senate after Obama rejects House plan

Focus on Senate after Obama rejects House plan

By: Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett
October 12, 2013 09:10 AM EDT

Mitch McConnell is shown. | M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

Speaker John Boehner told House Republicans Saturday morning that his efforts to strike a deal with President Barack Obama are at a standstill.

There is no agreement, Boehner said in a room in the Capitol Saturday, and there are no negotiations between House Republicans and the White House, since Obama rejected the speaker’s effort to lift the debt ceiling for six weeks and reopen government while setting up a budget negotiating process.

With that, a familiar dynamic has resurfaced 12 days into the government shutdown and five days before Treasury says the nation runs out of borrowing authority: The pendulum has swung back to Senate Republicans, who now look more likely to cut a deal with Obama to end the first government shutdown since 1996, and avoid the first default on U.S. debt in history.

(WATCH: Susan Collins: Meeting with Obama good but inconclusive) Continue reading “Focus on Senate after Obama rejects House plan”

The brutal government shutdown poll the GOP didn’t want to see

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 The brutal government shutdown poll the GOP didn’t want to see

 It’s official: The shutdown is destroying the Republican Party brand

By Ryu Spaeth | October 10, 2013
 Those frowns are not going to turn upside down any time soon.

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday evening paints a bleak picture for the Republican Party: Americans blame the GOP for the government shutdown by a wide, 22-point margin over President Obama.

To rub salt in the wound, a measly 24 percent of respondents said they had a favorable opinion of the GOP — a historic low for the NBC/WSJ poll. Continue reading “The brutal government shutdown poll the GOP didn’t want to see”