Senate Dems unveil $110 billion sequester-replacement package

By Alexander Bolton and Erik Wasson – 02/14/13 01:51 PM ET

Senate Democratic leaders unveiled a $110 billion sequester-replacement bill at a closed-door caucus meeting Thursday that would replace $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to hit March 1.

The Senate Democratic package is split evenly between spending cuts and provisions raising new tax revenues, according to a Democratic source.

It would raise nearly $54 billion in taxes by implementing the Buffett Rule, setting a minimum effective tax rate for wealthy individuals and families. It would raise additional revenues by changing the tax treatment of oil extraction from oil sands. Continue reading “Senate Dems unveil $110 billion sequester-replacement package”

1,500 Workers to Rally on Capitol Hill for Jobs, not Cuts

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February 8, 2013

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1,500 Workers to Rally on Capitol Hill for Jobs, not Cuts

Cutting vital government programs will hurt economy, kill jobs

Sen. Schumer, Rep. Van Hollen, AFSCME Pres. Saunders, AFGE Pres. Cox, AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka join government employees on day of State of the Union with simple message:

Cutting vital government programs will hurt economy, kill jobs

 WASHINGTON – More than 1,500 union activists from the American Federation of Government Employees and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will rally on Capitol Hill this Tuesday to urge Congress to shield vital government programs and services from devastating budget cuts.

The two largest unions representing government employees at the local, state and federal levels are organizing the lunchtime rally to call on Congress to protect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other government programs that are critical to the health, safety and welfare of all Americans.

When: Noon Tuesday, Feb. 12 (AFGE members march from Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill at 11:30 a.m.)

Where: Upper Senate Park (corner of Constitution Ave. and Delaware Ave. NE)

Speakers: Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

AFSCME President Lee Saunders

AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.

Government employees who provide vital public services

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Fiscal 2014 budget delayed, OMB confirms, citing uncertainty

Fiscal 2014 budget delayed, OMB confirms, citing uncertainty

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. J. Scott Applewhite/AP File Photo

Acting White House budget director Jeffrey Zients has confirmed that the Obama administration’s fiscal 2014 budget will be not be ready by the normal release date in early February.

In a newly released Jan. 11 letter responding to an inquiry from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Zients said the “considerable uncertainty” created by the “protracted fiscal cliff negotiations” means “the administration was forced to delay its fiscal 2014 budget preparations, which in turn will delay the budget’s submission to Congress.” Continue reading “Fiscal 2014 budget delayed, OMB confirms, citing uncertainty”

Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law

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September 14, 2012;by Eyder Peralta

The controversial law that curbed the collective bargaining rights of public employees in Wisconsin has been struck down by Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas.

The law, if you remember, was championed by Gov. Scott Walker and it unleashed massive protests and even led to Democratic law makers to flee the state to forestall its passage. After it became law, union activists mobilized and triggered a recall vote, which Walker ultimately defeated.

The Associated Press reports:

“Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled Friday that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null and void. The ruling comes after a lawsuit brought by the Madison teachers union and a union for Milwaukee city employees.

“Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says he is confident the decision will be overturned on appeal.

“It was not clear if the ruling means the law is immediately suspended. The law took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most workers and has been in effect for more than a year.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that this means municipal workers return to what was the status-quo before the law was passed. State employees still have to abide by the new law.

“The ruling means that, unless it is overturned on appeal, school districts and local officials will have to return to the bargaining table with their workers in a much more significant way,” the Sentinel reports.