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Obama Sequestration

Senate Democrats Plot Sequestration's Downfall

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With just days left in the legislative calendar before government funding expires, Senate Democrats are increasingly confident they'll b...

Sam Stein

Top Dem Warns GOP To Deal Now Or Risk Another Government Shutdown | Sam Stein | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Democrat who cut the last budget deal to avoid the full impact of sequestration is warning Republicans they risk a government...

Sam Stein

Lindsey Graham And Dick Durbin Join Forces For The Love Of Science Research | Sam Stein | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two of the Senate’s more outspoken members, one on the Republican side of the aisle the other on the Democratic side, are teaming up t...

Sam Stein

Dick Durbin Says He Won't Vote For Government Funding Bill Without Sequester Fix | Sam Stein | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate says he won't support a government funding bill this fall if it does not include relief from spending c...

Sam Stein

Obama Calls Republicans' Bluff On Government Funding | Sam Stein | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday drew a sharp line in the sand before the next big battle over funding the government, pledging his oppo...

Sam Stein

Obama Wants To End The Era Of Sequestration | Sam Stein | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will propose a budget on Monday that calls for an estimated 6.8 percent increase in discretionary spending -- an ...

Sam Stein

Budget Negotiations Prove That S**t Gets Complicated The Closer A Deal Gets | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Negotiations over a budget framework to fund the government through the next two fiscal years are progressing better than initially expe...

Sam Stein

The Current Budget Negotiations May Actually Result In A Deal | Sam Stein | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers are close to a breakthrough on a budget deal that would avoid another government shutdown next year and provide relief for seq...

Sam Stein

Fix The Sequester Or Budget Deal Means Nothing, Obama Allies Say | Sam Stein | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Party's top think tank is urging lawmakers to accept nothing short of ending sequestration during upcoming budget cuts. ...

Sam Stein

House Republicans Warn About The Next Round Of Sequestration | Sam Stein | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Republican appropriators on the Hill warned in a Monday letter against keeping sequestration in place, raising the specter that ...

Sam Stein

In Shutdown Turmoil, Senate Democrats Take A New Stand | Sam Stein | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the United States government approaches a deadline for raising the debt limit and the government shutdown nears its second week, Sena...

Sam Stein

White House, Hill Dems Contemplate Short-Term Sequester Fix | Sam Stein | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Adding a new wrinkle to fall budget negotiations, the White House and top congressional Democrats expressed new openness on Wednesday to...

Sam Stein

McConnell's Sequester Deal Would Replace 'Crappy Cuts With Crappy Cuts' | Sam Stein | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats aren’t jumping at the latest offer from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the two parties' sti...

Sam Stein

Democrat Says A Government Shutdown Would Be Better Than More Sequestration | Sam Stein | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

One of the top Democrats in the House said Friday that his party should be willing to shut down the government this fall unless the spending cuts brou...

Sequestration Hurts Us All

Sally Steenland | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

Our policymakers don't seem to be paying much attention to faithful Americans and advocates who are urging Congress to replace arbitrary spending cuts with a rational budget plan that promotes economic growth along with responsible spending.

Amanda Terkel

Sequestration May Lead To Layoffs Of Capitol Janitors | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Congress doesn't do something about sequestration this year, the workers who clean the U.S. Capitol could lose their jobs. Stephen...

Sam Stein

Obama: I Can't Force Congress To Behave | Sam Stein | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday chastised Congress -- mainly Republicans -- for moving quickly to end flight delays caused by sequestr...

Janell Ross

Sequester Set To Deepen Racial Inequality, Experts Say | Janell Ross | Posted 03.13.2013 | Black Voices

On Capitol Hill, there are two ways that people tend to talk about the sequester -- a slate of automatic federal spending cuts that are difficult but ...

GOP Sending Mixed Messages About Obama Effort

Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

By JOSH LEDERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — House Republicans are sending mixed signals in agreeing to meet with President Barack Obama f...

Is the War on Terror Worth the Price?

Dennis Trainor | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

When one considers how completely out of whack our defense budget is in the post 9/11 age of perpetual war, the cuts will still leave us with a military budget that dwarfs all other countries combined.

Sam Stein

White House: If It Takes 'Fancy Sea Bass' To Get Republican Votes, We'll Do It | Sam Stein | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- When President Barack Obama sits down for dinner Wednesday night with a number of Republican senators at the posh Jefferson Hotel, just up...

Emily Swanson

Who Would Americans Spare From Budget Cuts? | Emily Swanson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

Americans are much more likely to think the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration will have a major impact on federal workers, members of the m...

Congressional Republicans and the Sequestration Squeeze

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

Republicans on Capitol Hill have dug themselves into a deep and narrow chasm whose walls are about to close in. In a matter of weeks, they may find themselves squeezed mercilessly between their implacable right wing and constituents feeling the pain of sequestration.

Jason Linkins

Looking Forward In Angst: The Deficit Debate Needs More 'Mark To Market' Accountability | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

As veteran critics of the post-crash financial industry well know, one thing that has allowed big banks to maintain their rosy outlook is a rule chang...

Obama Continues To Press Sequestration Alternative

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday that government agencies would need to make "very difficult decisions" as a re...