Countdown to Sequestration: Four Months to Go

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The law lets the President opt to exempt military personnel from sequester’s impact. That means most other accounts will be cut by about 10% if it happens.

Gosh, we started this countdown five months ago, and darned if the nation’s “leaders” have made absolutely no progress toward dealing with the country’s fiscal mess. As you may recall, last year’s Budget Control Act set into motion this thing called sequestration.

What it means is that if the White House and Congress can’t agree by Jan. 2 (four months from today) on $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the coming decade – in the form of spending cuts, tax hikes, or some combination thereof – that much will be automatically cut from government spending. Continue reading “Countdown to Sequestration: Four Months to Go”

Bill would ban feds from conducting union activities at work

Bill would ban feds from conducting union activities at work

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga.
Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga. Flickr user republicanconference

Government unions can expect to see the revival of legislation aimed at their rights to conduct union business.

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., plans to reintroduce the 2011 Federal Employee Accountability Act in the 113th Congress, spokeswoman Jen Talaber said. The bill would repeal two sections of the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act that allow federal employees to work official hours to perform union functions. Under U.S. Code, “official time” is defined as collective bargaining, arbitration and any other matter deemed necessary for official time by management and union representatives.

Gingrey introduced the legislation first in 2009 and again in 2011, when it was referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It’s not due for a vote before the end of this session, but Talaber said the bill will come up again. Continue reading “Bill would ban feds from conducting union activities at work”