House Committee Leaves 2014 Federal Pay Raise on the Table

House Committee Leaves 2014 Federal Pay Raise on the Table

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A House spending committee has cleared two separate appropriations bills that did not include a 2014 pay raise for civilian federal employees, but did not reject the notion entirely.

The House Appropriations Committee has approved bills to fund the Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security departments, both of which leave open the possibility for civilians to receive the 1 percent pay raise recommended by President Obama in his budget proposal.

“The committee does not include requested funding for a civilian pay increase,” lawmakers wrote in both spending bills, as first reported by The Washington Post.  “Should the president provide a civilian pay raise for fiscal year 2014, it is assumed that the cost of such a pay raise will be absorbed within existing appropriations for fiscal year 2014.” Continue reading “House Committee Leaves 2014 Federal Pay Raise on the Table”

Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Its First in 4 Years

Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Its First in 4 Years

By Published: March 23, 2013

WASHINGTON — After a grueling, all-night debate that ended close to 5 a.m., the Senate on Saturday adopted its first budget in four years, a $3.7 trillion blueprint for 2014 that would fast-track passage of tax increases, trim spending gingerly and leave the government still deeply in the debt a decade from now.

The 50-to-49 vote sets up contentious — and potentially fruitless — negotiations with the Republican-dominated House in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan on Saturday, and four Democrats — Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Begich of Alaska and Max Baucus of Montana — also opposed it. All four are red-state Democrats up for re-election in 2014.

“The Senate has passed a budget,” Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the Senate Budget Committee chairwoman, declared at 4:56 a.m. Continue reading “Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Its First in 4 Years”

Durbin: ‘We’re Buying What We Can Get’ With Debt Ceiling Extension

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Durbin: ‘We’re Buying What We Can Get’ With Debt Ceiling Extension

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Joining us now is the Senate Majority Whip, the number two Democrat in the leadership, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. Welcome to the program once again.

SENATOR DICK DURBIN: Good to be with you.

SIEGEL: You and other Senate Democratic leaders seem to regard the House deferring action on the debt ceiling as an olive branch. Meanwhile, House Democrats like George Miller say they’re tied to a three-month leash. What’s the good part of this deal that House Democrats don’t get? Continue reading “Durbin: ‘We’re Buying What We Can Get’ With Debt Ceiling Extension”

House Postpones Debt Limit Deadline to May 18

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The U.S. House of Representatives, led by Speaker John Boehner and his Republican allies, voted to put off the debt ceiling fight until May 18.

This is good news—no doubt about it—and it shows the power of working people when they make their voices heard. But don’t think for a second that Republicans have given up trying to tank the economy to get their way. Or trying to cut Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits. Or trying to cut taxes for Wall Street and rich people. Because they haven’t and they won’t. This fight is still on. Continue reading “House Postpones Debt Limit Deadline to May 18”