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Here's The GOP's First Counteroffer To Delay The Sequester
businessinsider.com ^ | 16 minutes ago (2/6/2013) | Brett LoGiurato

Posted on 02/06/2013 7:35:19 AM PST by 11th_VA

Congressional Republicans are preparing their first counteroffer to President Barack Obama to avert the across-the-board cuts of the looming sequester, a House GOP aide confirmed this morning.

Politico, which first reported the news, said that top Republican members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are formulating a proposal that would delay the sequester for a year by slashing the federal workforce by 10 percent. The House GOP aide said this would be done solely through attrition, a gradual reduction in the federal workforce.

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Sounds reasonable and balanced - for a one year extension.
1 posted on 02/06/2013 7:35:25 AM PST by 11th_VA
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To: 11th_VA

It’ll never happen.


2 posted on 02/06/2013 7:42:52 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 11th_VA

If they slashed it by 50% through attrition it might be a help.

No more hiring until the 50% figure is reached.


3 posted on 02/06/2013 7:48:55 AM PST by Venturer
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To: 11th_VA

>> year by slashing the federal workforce by 10 percent

I’d like to see every single employee of the EPA slashed.

Preferably literally, but I’d settle for the figurative meaning if I have to. :-)


4 posted on 02/06/2013 7:51:07 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Nervous Tick
I’d like to see every single employee of the EPA slashed.

Well, shoot... that sounds like a good idea! ;-)

5 posted on 02/06/2013 7:58:58 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: 11th_VA

They’ve probably even labeled it “our first counteroffer”, as in “this is for our base”, we of course don’t expect or want you to actually accept it.


6 posted on 02/06/2013 8:01:17 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 11th_VA
They had Oboma over a barrel on this one. I wouldn't have done anything. I'd make him take the hit, because all this was his idea. He got his tax increase, now let's see what HE'S going to do to cut spending.

Stupid party does it again. They bought it. Now they own it!

7 posted on 02/06/2013 8:04:12 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: 11th_VA

Nuts. The House has already passed a bill on how to handle the sequestration cuts. Why are they negotiating with themselves again? Let Obama come up his proposal.


8 posted on 02/06/2013 8:07:43 AM PST by kabar
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To: 11th_VA

Why even negotiate? Damn the GOP is so stupid!


9 posted on 02/06/2013 8:07:55 AM PST by jpsb
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To: 11th_VA

What’s to negotiate??? Wasn’t sequestration the result of negotiation??? Let sequestration set in —


10 posted on 02/06/2013 8:24:03 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: 11th_VA

RE: a gradual reduction in the federal workforce

Why can’t sequestration achieve the same result?


11 posted on 02/06/2013 8:33:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: kabar

Damn, I’m really thinking my move to (L) was misplaced...

Pray tell, how did the sequestration happen to begin with? Oh, yeah, when they couldn’t spend another the LAST time. So, not only did they retreat from the original issue, they’re retreating AGAIN from their own compromise? Wow, those ivy league school really know how to churn out the most smartest to rule...I mean lead us < do I need it?? >

Next you’ll know, they’ll be granting illegals Citizenship and....wait, what? Already done? My bad.


12 posted on 02/06/2013 8:45:25 AM PST by i_robot73
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To: Uncle Chip
What’s to negotiate??? Wasn’t sequestration the result of negotiation??? Let sequestration set in —

Good cop/Bad cop. They got their tax increase. They got the money. They got what they wanted.

The same thing will happen with immigration. They'll give amnesty with a "promise" to seal the boarder. They'll get what they want, Latino voters, and water down that little problem - the border thing - later.

Washington wants us to think there's opposing forces in Washington, because a "boogie man" is a great distraction. In the end, the politicians get richer and more powerful every time. The people get poorer and more oppressed by the day no matter which party is in charge. The democrats just work faster, so people think the republicans are "different."

Take Obomacare, for example. It's a tax. Tax bills must originate in the house. Obomacare came from the senate. Why didn't Republicans do something stop it?
They didn't want to.

13 posted on 02/06/2013 8:47:56 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: kabar

The article states this proposal is likely headed nowhere.

Buck McKeon (R-CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Cmte, is pushing this in the HOR. A 20-year member of Congress trying to keep the status quo juiced.

The sequester is the only leverage the GOP has right now. Stupid party aside, they can’t go wobbly now.


14 posted on 02/06/2013 8:49:36 AM PST by tnvol01 ("...answering that question w/ specificity uh, you know, is, is, uh above my pay grade.")
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To: 11th_VA

Unless they specify that cuts must be in non-defense departments, this is a fools gambit. 0 will agree and start reducing the troops (rat wet-dream).


15 posted on 02/06/2013 8:49:52 AM PST by ABQHispConservative (Only fake Christians vote or are Democrats.)
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To: i_robot73

Both parties do not want to cut spending. Simple as that.


16 posted on 02/06/2013 8:58:24 AM PST by kabar
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To: tnvol01
McKeon represents a a major factor in sequestration. The Reps and many Dems don't want to cut defense. Lots of jobs and constituents involved along with the degradation of our defense capabilities.

I fear that the Reps will cave to some increased revenue (read taxes) to protect DOD. There will be some accounting gimmicks used as well to postpone any cuts to the out years. Neither party wants any real spending cuts. We are screwed.

17 posted on 02/06/2013 9:03:10 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

That’s a given.

I’m waiting for ‘14 to roll around to watch SOME here spin on their eyebrows and the GOP to start (talking) veering Rightward.

The stupid party can only continue when the stupid electorate keep voting for the insanity....And I thought the Dem plantation was bad!


18 posted on 02/06/2013 9:16:05 AM PST by i_robot73
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To: kabar
Both parties do not want to cut spending. Simple as that.

Both parties had to probem stealing more of our hard earned pay checks, though. They got what THEY wanted.

19 posted on 02/06/2013 9:42:45 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: kabar

I think we’re singing from the same hymnal.

However, the only way I see the sequester getting axed is the same faction(s) joining forces from the Tax/Debt ceiling debacle.

The sequester goes away only if the GOP-E & the Dems ostracize the Tea Party House members.


20 posted on 02/06/2013 9:52:21 AM PST by tnvol01 ("...answering that question w/ specificity uh, you know, is, is, uh above my pay grade.")
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To: tnvol01

Agree. It will be the coalition of Dems and the GOP-E that will pass the compromise necessary to keep the spending going. They will just further marginalize the Tea Party, which will eventually lead to the formation of a Third Party. The GOP-E is helping the Dems to destroy the opposition.


21 posted on 02/06/2013 10:35:03 AM PST by kabar
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To: 11th_VA
How about this counteroffer: end the federal push to “control” firearms in the United States, eliminate the 33 thousand gun control laws already on the books, leave reason firearm control with the individual States permanently; eliminate Obamacare immediately; eliminate the EPA; and, approve the Keystone Pipeline immediately for a vote on a one year extension without raising the debt ceiling, just an extension for one year.

Eight Deuce on the loose

22 posted on 02/06/2013 10:58:21 AM PST by paratrooper82 (82nd ABN Div. 1/508th BN "Fury From the Sky")
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To: 11th_VA

The Reduction in Force was last implemented under Eisenhower in the 50s to reduce bloat caused by massive increases in government jobs due to WWII and Korea.

Not only did they reduce employment hiring to replace workers, almost all civil service employees got ‘bumped’ down a notch or two in their pay grade.

My mother worked for the 4th Army in San Antonio, and someone with more senior status took her job and she had to move down to a lower paying job and grade. In personal terms for our family it was a financial hardship.

It can be done if Congress has the will and a President who will agree. Probably a dead issue because of Obama and his debts to the government employees unions.


23 posted on 02/06/2013 11:33:50 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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