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Congress Sequester

Survived the Battle but Far From Winning the War

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dedrick Muhammad

While our government may be open again, the doors to the robust economic recovery our country seeks remain welded shut.

Sequesters, Shutdowns and Defaults

Stephen Zarlenga | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Stephen Zarlenga

Congress squabbles but the present system just can't relieve or solve the problem -- because the debt money system itself is the problem!

Sam Stein

Wyoming Courthouse May Be Sold Because Of Budget Cuts | Sam Stein | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- To adjust to tightening budgets in the federal judicial system, lawyers have been furloughed, investigators fired, travel budgets slashe...

Fighting the GOP's Hateful Agenda - Without Hate

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There are those on the Right who debase the currency of that four-letter word -- "evil" -- by using it against anyone who disagrees with them. But what word do you apply to people who deny food to hungry families, voting rights to minorities, or a chance for self-advancement to hard-working students from lower-income homes?

Michael McAuliff

GOP Stands Tall For Sequestration | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) served notice Thursday that the deep cuts under t...

Military Sequester: False Savings, Real Debt

Hal Donahue | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The sequester is a Republican-demanded house of mirrors reducing national security while creating the illusion of short term saving by creating longer term, larger and more expensive debt. Troops and their families suffer at all levels.

Louisiana Can Make Difficult Decisions, Why Can't Washington?

Dominik Knoll | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Dominik Knoll

Broadly speaking, policymakers should acknowledge that our growing debt is a serious threat to the economic well-being and security of our country. It is urgent that we put in place a plan to stabilize the debt as a share of the economy and put it on a downward path.

The Past Wasn't Always So Easy

Jack Gardner | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Jack Gardner

When you look at today's problems thru the 1787 lens -- or that of 1864 or 1942 -- and consider the truly herculean challenges our ancestors were able to overcome for our benefit, it seems as though we should be able to do better.

Theater of the Absurd in Congress: Do We Really Favor Fortified Borders Over Curing Cancer?

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Deborah J. Cornwall

Congress is about to fulfill our most negative fears, demonstrating the absurdity of their nonsense dialogue in pursuit of meaningless actions that are nearly impossible to execute toward goals that are nearly unachievable.

Sam Stein

Can't Stop Cancer Clinic Sequester Cuts, Obama Administration Says | Sam Stein | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government does not have the power to stop federal budget sequestration cuts to cancer treatments for certain Medicare patie...

Sequester Slamming Shut Windows of Opportunity

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Yasmina Vinci

The sequester has already done harm to early learning classrooms all across the country. The light which shines on every Head Start children has been obscured. But we cannot watch as sequestration robs more at-risk children of their brighter futures.

Sack Sequestration

Lance Simmens | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Lance Simmens

In the end a budget is quite simply a statement of priorities. Budgets tell us a lot about what we value in our society. We must repeal this sequestration nightmare and we must replace the policymaking butchers with surgeons.

Sam Stein

Sequestration Fixes May Cost Taxpayers Even More, Democrats Say | Sam Stein | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Piecemeal efforts to ease the impact of federal sequestration budget cuts are counterproductive and may end up costing taxpayers more, ...

Sequestration Traumatizes Clifford Household

Steven Clifford | Posted 07.07.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Sequestration continues to ravage the real people: the middle class, the seniors and the first responders as epitomized by the Clifford household.

Sam Stein

Companies Launched Pricey Efforts To Avoid Sequester | Sam Stein | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As sequestration cuts grew more likely during the first two months of 2013, one industry found profit in budget belt-tightening. Organiz...

Michael McAuliff

Congress Passes Bill To Ease Air Travel Delays | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers passed a bill Friday to ease air traffic delays before catching their own flights home for a week off, leaving unchanged other...

Jason Linkins

Lawmakers Suddenly Aghast That Sequestration Actually Does Stuff | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

Way back in August of 2011, Congress passed a law called the Budget Control Act, which raised the debt ceiling, enacted a tranche of spending cuts, cr...

Sam Stein

Sequestration Forces Cancer Patients To Travel Thousands Of Miles For Treatment | Sam Stein | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials in rural areas will have to travel thousands of miles to continue their treatments as a...

Lawmaker Returns Salary In Sequestration Solidarity

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

As the effects of sequestration ripple through communities nationwide, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) announced Wednesday that she has returned a porti...

Common Ground for Aircraft Carriers and Health Care

Peter Merriman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Peter Merriman

When disagreeing parties attempt to compromise, the first step is to find common ground. Perhaps the Democrats and Republicans have stumbled on a tiny patch of common ground and failed to recognize it.

March 1st Has Come and Gone - Now What?

Camille Rivera | Posted 05.07.2013 | New York
Camille Rivera

Wwhile much of the pain may not be immediate, the sequester will soon take a horrible toll on all of us. To me it's just another reminder that the rich get richer while the rest of us just get screwed.

We Do Have to Make Choices

Rep. John K. Delaney | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Rep. John K. Delaney

Do we invest in our future and pay for it by raising revenues, reforming Social Security and Medicare, and trimming other programs? Or do we do nothing, underinvest in our country, and surrender our children's future to a world rapidly changing?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought the annual post-Oscars debate about whether the show was offensive, boring, edgy, too long, or all of the above. The reviews for DC's mishandling of the sequester were less divided, with pretty much everyone agreeing that it's a self-inflicted disaster -- one President Obama called "dumb," "arbitrary," "unnecessary," and "inexcusable." Alternatives from both sides of the aisle were voted down, but the right solution -- repealing the jobs-and-growth-killing budget cuts -- wasn't even considered. Meanwhile, at least one new job opening was created this week, as ex-Pope Benedict spent the first night of his retirement watching TV reports about his departure. Hopefully he skipped over Bob Woodward's pathetic media appearances, in which he turned a polite email exchange between friends into a threat, or stories about Justice Scalia calling the Voting Rights Act a "racial entitlement" -- a statement far more offensive than anything said during the Oscars. Talk about "seeing a boob."

The Sequester and the Tea Party Plot

Robert Reich | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The President should let the public see the Tea Partiers for who they are -- a small, radical minority intent on dismantling the government of the United States. As long as they are allowed to dictate the terms of public debate they will continue to hold the rest of us hostage to their extremism.

Obama Chides GOP For Killing Plan

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is chiding Senate Republicans for blocking a Democratic plan to replace automatic spending cuts that are set...