NAGE Nat'l News Recap, November 9, 2011

posted Nov 10, 2011, 1:36 PM by Everett Batey   [ updated Nov 10, 2011, 1:41 PM ]

From: Meghan Walsh [mailto:mwalsh@nage.org]

Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 13:17
To: Meghan Walsh

Cc: Glightfootwalker; tlane@nage.org

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.

 

Timeline (2011)
   Nov. 23:

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.

 

Dec. 9:   

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.

 

Dec. 23:  

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.

 Best,

 

Meghan Walsh

Federal Legislative/Communications Specialist

SEIU/NAGE

601 North Fairfax Street, Suite 125

Alexandria, VA  22314

o: 703-519-0300

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e:  mwalsh@nage.org <mailto:mwalsh@nage.org>

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