Skip to comments.Here's The GOP's First Counteroffer To Delay The Sequester
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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It’ll never happen.
If they slashed it by 50% through attrition it might be a help.
No more hiring until the 50% figure is reached.
>> 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. :-)
Well, shoot... that sounds like a good idea! ;-)
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.
Stupid party does it again. They bought it. Now they own it!
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.
Why even negotiate? Damn the GOP is so stupid!
What’s to negotiate??? Wasn’t sequestration the result of negotiation??? Let sequestration set in —
RE: a gradual reduction in the federal workforce
Why can’t sequestration achieve the same result?
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.
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.
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.
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).
Both parties do not want to cut spending. Simple as that.
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.
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!
Both parties had to probem stealing more of our hard earned pay checks, though. They got what THEY wanted.
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.
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.
Eight Deuce on the loose
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.
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