Can you imagine that the congress would unite just on one issue – Air Traffic Control. Yes Air Traffic Control.
The rest of the nation doesn’t matter as long as the congress gets where they want to go when they want to go there; as in home on Friday and back to DC on Sunday. That’s just plain hypocritical. How can you actually think about this and see any semblance of intelligence in this sequester ?
This is what President Obama said on Saturday (04/27/13) in his weekly address to the nation
We think he has a point – when he says the republicans finally see how it impacts them too; which is why they put a temp fix in place to allow congress to Fly where they want to go. Screw America, as long as the legislature can get paid and fly when they want.
America are you “PAYING” attention to this mess?
America it’s time you sent Congress Back to Head Start because they are the Weakest Link in America’s Plan
- There has to be a way to stop this type of undermining by legislators ? – Don’t elect/re-elect them when they behave this way and vote contrary to the direction of their constituenty.
- There has to be a way to stop these types of cuts which affect the general well-being of the country’s’ citizens ? – Stand UP against these types of legislators and remove them from office for Treason
- There has to be a way to sort out these financial issues without allowing the richest one percent to make the choices for those who fund these types of mistakes ? Stop allowing the Banksters to set the conditions under which the 99% exist. Stop patronizing those who prey on the 99% because they are the problem – not the 99%; We Are The Majority of American Taxpayers and Voters Therefore We Make The Rules.
It’s clearly time to put all of this Rich Living on hold
More Information: FY2014 Budget
You’ve likely heard news in recent days about the release of the Paul Ryan budget, plus budgets put out by the Senate Budget Committee and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Those budgets are proposals for fiscal year 2014 – which starts Oct. 1, 2013. In other words, Congress has begun the 2014 budget process even though the fiscal 2013 budget is still up in the air.
More Information: Sequestration
As of March 1, nearly every American will begin to feel the impact of sequestration – approximately $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts in fiscal year 2013 focused almost exclusively on discretionary spending. What does it mean for you?
- Build a Better Budget: an on-line game that shows you an array of budget proposals and the impact of sequestration
- An overview of how sequestration is failing all Americans
- Find out what is sequestration and how will it affect you
- A state-by-state analysis of how sequestration will affect the Pentagon and domestic programs
- A snapshot of how non-defense programs will be hit by sequestration
- How sequestration will lead to less informed budgeting
- A Fight for the Future : How budget dysfunction harms young people
- The Untold Story of Deficits in Washington : How tax cuts and loopholes contribute to budget deficits
- Entitlement reform : The debate about changing earned-benefit programs
- Two Webinars : One focused broadly on the elements of Fiscal Cliff II and another looking specifically at the Pentagon.
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- .@[name] I’m tired of dysfunction in #Congress . Deliver on your responsibility to give the nation a #betterbudget .
- .@[name] for the future of our children, we need a #betterbudget for our nation that reflects people, not politics.
- .@[name] don’t let our nation go over #fiscalcliff2 . Get the work done on a #betterbudget before it’s too late.
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Unfortunately, though, Congress has shown no willingness to provide similar relief for the families that are being hammered by sequestration in other ways. Here are 12 programs that have experienced devastating cuts because Congress insists on cutting spending when it doesn’t need to — and that have been ignored by the same lawmakers who leaped to action as soon as their trips home were going to take a little longer:
1. Long-term unemployment: There are 4.7 million Americans who have been unemployed for longer than six months, but sequestration cut federal long-term unemployment insurance checks by up to 10.7 percent, costing recipients as much as $450 over the rest of the year. Those cuts compound the cuts eight states have made to their unemployment programs, and 11 states are considering dropping the federal program altogether because of sequestration — even though the long-term unemployed are finding it nearly impossible to return to work.
2. Head Start: Low-income children across the country have been kicked out of Head Start education programs because of the 5-percent cuts mandated by sequestration, as states have cut bus transportation services and started conducting lotteries to determine which kids would no longer have access to the program, even though the preschool program has been proven to have substantial benefits for low-income children. In all, about 70,000 children will lose access to Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
3. Cancer treatment: Budget cuts have forced doctors and cancer clinics to deny chemotherapy treatments to thousands of cancer patients thanks to a 2 percent cut to Medicare. One clinic in New York has refused to see more than 5,000 of its Medicare patients, and many cancer patients have had to travel to other states to receive their treatments, an option that obviously isn’t available to lower-income people. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) proposed restoring the funding, but the legislation so far hasn’t moved in Congress.
4. Health research: The National Institutes of Health lost $1.6 billion thanks to sequestration, jeopardizing important health research into AIDS, cancer, and other diseases. That won’t just impact research and the people who do it, though. It will also hurt the economy, costing the U.S. $860 billion in lost economic growth and at least 500,000 jobs. Budget cuts will also hamper research at colleges and universities.
5. Low-income housing: 140,000 low-income families — primarily seniors with disabilities and families with children — will lose rental assistance thanks to sequestration’s budget cuts. Even worse, the cuts could likely make rent and housing more expensive for those families, as agencies raise costs to offset the pain of budget cuts, and sequestration will also cut from programs that aid the homeless and fund the construction of low-income housing.
6. Student aid: Sequestration is already raising fees on Direct student loans, increasing costs for students who are already buried in debt. The budget cuts reduce funding for federal work study grants by $49 million and for educational opportunity grants by $37 million, and the total cuts will cost 70,000 college students access to grants they depend on.
7. Meals On Wheels: Local Meals on Wheels programs, which help low-income and disabled seniors access food, have faced hundreds of thousands of dollars in cuts, costing tens of thousands of seniors access to the program. Many of those seniors have little access to food without the program, but Congress has made no effort to replace the funding.
8. Women, Infant, and Children programs: WIC helps 9 million low-income women and children with nutrition and health care referrals. Among these women, the program has led to healthier births, a higher intake of important nutrients, and a strong connection to preventative services. Sequestration means that the program would have to cut off about 600,000 participants.
9. Heating assistance: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps nearly 9 million households afford their heating and cooling bills. Sequestration will cut the program by an estimated $180 million, meaning about 400,000 households will no longer receive aid. These cuts come on top of$1.6 billion in reductions since 2010.
10. Workplace safety: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has long suffered from a lack of funds, which means its staff is so stretched that many workplaces go without an inspection for 99 years. The fertilizer plant that exploded in West, Texas, for example, hadn’t had a visit from OSHA since 1985. That will get worse, as sequestration will cut the agency’s budget by $564.8 million, likely leading to 1,200 fewer workplace inspections.
11. Obamacare: Sequestration cuts a number of important programs in the Affordable Care Act: $13 million from the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan Program, or CO-OPs; $57 million from the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control program; $51 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund; $27 million from the State Grants and Demonstrations program; and $44 million from the Affordable Insurance Exchange Grants program, or the insurance exchanges.
12. Child care: Child care costs can exceed rent payments or college tuition and waiting lists for getting assistance are already long. Yet sequestration will reduce funds even further, meaning that 30,000 children will lose subsidies for care. For example, Arizona will experience a $3 million cut to funding that will force 1,000 out of care.
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Congress has no right to withhold the tax based payments to social programs which the vast majority of tax payers depend upon.
America is it Your Money or Congress’ ? It’s time someone made a decision.
America You Need To Get Control, NOW