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NAGE: Meghan Walsh // Monday, November 21, 2011 14:57
For today's Daily News Brief I wanted to pass along the statement from Sen. Murray and Rep. Hensarling about the "Super Committee's" inability to reach a deal to cut 1.2 trillion from the national deficit:
(Washington D.C.) - Today, the Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Representative Jeb Hensarling and Senator Patty Murray, released the following statement.
"After months of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee's deadline.
"Despite our inability to bridge the committee's significant differences, we end this process united in our belief that the nation's fiscal crisis must be addressed and that we cannot leave it for the next generation to solve. We remain hopeful that Congress can build on this committee's work and can find a way to tackle this issue in a way that works for the American people and our economy.
"We are deeply disappointed that we have been unable to come to a bipartisan deficit reduction agreement, but as we approach the uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving, we want to express our appreciation to every member of this committee, each of whom came into the process committed to achieving a solution that has eluded many groups before us. Most importantly, we want to thank the American people for sharing thoughts and ideas and for providing support and good will as we worked to accomplish this difficult task.
"We would also like to thank our committee staff, in particular Staff Director Mark Prater and Deputy Staff Director Sarah Kuehl, as well as each committee member's staff for the tremendous work they contributed to this effort. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Douglas Elmendorf and Mr. Thomas Barthold and their teams at the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation, respectively, for the technical support they provided to the committee and its members."
Here are some links to stories about the Super Committee's failure to reach a deal:
The $1.2 trillion in across the board cuts, $600 billion from domestic agencies and $600 billion from the Department of Defense will be triggered in FY 2013. NAGE will be ramping up our lobbying efforts and focusing on the next steps necessary to ensure that the interests of our federal workers are protected in the next phase of the debt reduction process.
Best, Meghan Walsh / Federal Legislative/Communications Specialist
SEIU/NAGE / 601 North Fairfax Street, Suite 125 / Alexandria, VA 22314
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FYI From: Meghan Walsh, Monday, November 14, 2011 9:54:
Here is a recap of the important news from Monday, November 14, 2011 I strongly urge you to pass this information on to your entire membership and forward me any other news articles you find that you would like to see included in our daily news brief.
1. With only a little over a week to reach a deal, the 'super committee' is looking for an escape hatch that would let them strike an accord on revenue levels-- but delay the tough decisions about exactly how to raise taxes until next year. This approach enables the panel to decide on the amount of new revenue to be raised but would leave the Congressional tax-writing committees with the responsibility of filling in details next year. Members of Congress and their aides said they were still skeptical that the panel could agree on a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases to reduce budget deficits by $1.2 trillion over 10 years. NY Times <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/14/us/politics/panel-seeks-way-to-reach-a-deal-on-tax-increase.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss>
2. 'Super committee' co-chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) said Thursday that he has not given up hope the panel can reach agreement on a deficit plan. He said Republicans have made considerable concessions and Democrats still have not offered a plan to deal with the debt crisis. Govexec <http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1111/110311nj-super-committee-henserling.htm?rss=getoday&oref=rss>
3. NASA and the IRS have joined the list of federal agencies offering buyouts or early outs. Here is the most up to date list of all agencies offering buyouts. Govexec <http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=48526&oref=todaysnews>
NAGE has launched "Occupy the Super Committee," a campaign to encourage all of our federal members to email and call the members of the Super Committee and their representatives in Congress to tell them to protect federal worker benefits and government services. The idea is to pressure the 12 committee members to come up with a balanced legislative package by the November 23 deadline.
The link to participate in the campaign is : http://www.nage.org/federal/news/111011_OccupyTheSuperCommittee.shtml Please forward this link on to your entire membership, as it is important that we have as much participation as possible.
To ensure that you and your members are not in violation of The Hatch Act: Remember that participation in the campaign must be done on personal time, not during work hours or on government property. Emails must be sent out from a personal computer and phone calls must be made on a personal cell phone or home computer. Please remember to emphasize this when disseminating the campaign information and link to your members.
In solidarity, Meghan Walsh
Federal Legislative/Communications Specialist
601 North Fairfax Street, Suite 125
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Subject: Daily News Recap: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Dear Local Presidents:
Here is a recap of the important news from Wednesday, November 9, 2011. I strongly urge you to pass this information on to your entire membership and forward me any other news articles you find that you would like to see included in our daily news brief.
1. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) is not optimistic that the 'super committee' will spare federal employees. The Senator has emphasized his opposition to further reductions to the workforce and to federal pay and benefits. Cardin said that he thinks the 'super committee' will present a deficit reduction plan that includes recommendations that can be approved immediately and others that can be referred to the appropriate congressional committees for further consideration. If a proposal calling for a reduction in federal retirement benefits is among the committee's recommendations, the best-case scenario for employees, he said, is that it is referred to a congressional committee to consider in 2012. Govexec <http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/1111/110811kl1.htm?rss=getoday&oref=rss>
NAGE will continue to fight to protect the pay and benefits of our members. Over the next two weeks we will work with our brothers and sisters in labor to do everything we can to ensure that federal employees are not unfairly targeted. We will continue to keep you updated as we gather information about the committee's progress and recommendations.
2. On Tuesday, members of the 'super committee' representing both parties said there was still a possibility that the panel would strike a deal and vote on its recommendations by the Nov. 23 dealing. However, in preparation for a deal not being reached, members have begun shifting the blame to members of the opposite party. If the panel cannot break the impasse between those who want to raise taxes and those who would prefer to cut spending by focusing on entitlement programs and compromise by Nov 23, automatic spending cuts will be enacted to reach the $1.2 trillion target. NY Times <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/us/politics/both-sides-on-deficit-panel-seeking-to-avoid-blame.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss>
3. Today, President Obama is set to announce new government-wide cost-savings measures in an executive order following up on the White House Campaign to Cut Waste.. The executive order directs agencies over the next 45 days to develop plans to curb spending on travel; reduce the number of personal technology devices such as laptops and smartphones per individual employee; cut back further on the printing of documents that are available online; shrink the federal agency vehicle fleet; and cease spending on "swag" or plaques and other promotional items long used by agencies. Federal employees nationwide sent in over 20,000 ideas for savings. Govexec <http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=49288&dcn=todaysnews> // Washington Post <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/obama-orders-agency-spending-cuts-on-travel-technology-and-swag/2011/11/08/gIQAlOXj3M_blog.html?wprss=federal-eye>
In a little more than two weeks, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will reach its deadline for proposing at least $1.2 trillion in budgetary savings over the next decade. Here is a recap of the timeline for committee and floor action, and the consequences of not meeting those deadlines.
Deadline: The joint committee must vote on a report of its recommendations as well as implementing legislation. The report must include a Congressional Budget Office estimate of the proposals' budgetary impact. A majority vote of the 12 committee members is required to approve recommendations, and the report, legislation and vote must be made public.
Consequences: Failure of the committee to meet this deadline would cause the legislation to lose its privileged status for expedited floor consideration in the House and Senate.
Deadline: Standing committees of the House and Senate must report the deficit committee's legislation to the House and Senate floors without amendment.
Consequences: If any committee to which the bill is referred does not report by the deadline, it might be discharged from further consideration of the bill - automatically in the Senate and by a motion in the House.
Deadline: Both chambers must vote on the legislation. Debate is limited to two hours in the House and 30 hours in the Senate, and all points of order are waived.
Consequences: If both chambers do not pass the bill by this date, the measure loses its privileged status for expedited consideration.
Jan. 15, 2012:
Deadline: Legislation must be enacted to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
Consequences: If the target is not met, automatic spending cuts will take effect on Jan. 2, 2013, equally reducing both defense and non-defense accounts over nine years by whatever portion of the $1.2 trillion target is not achieved by legislation.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns.
Federal Legislative/Communications Specialist
601 North Fairfax Street, Suite 125
Alexandria, VA 22314
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