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  • China ups military spend by 12 percent. Are the gloves coming off?

    03/05/2014 3:36:37 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 13 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 5 March 14 | Peter Ford
    China plans to spend $132 billion on its military as it asserts its maritime interests, putting it at odds with the US military preeminence in the Pacific. China made headlines today with its annual military budget, up 12.2 percent to $132 billion dollars this year. That's about one quarter of the $495 billion military budget that President Obama presented to Congress yesterday. Predictably, official commentary here stresses that China is a peace-loving nation with no aggressive intentions. But Beijing has also signaled its ambitions to be the power that holds the ring in the western Pacific, and those ambitions have...
  • Obama's Army Only 85% Ready To Fight

    02/03/2014 9:58:40 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: Budget cuts, sequestration and indifference to maintaining what was once "the arsenal of democracy" have led to units that are not deployment-ready and soldiers with weapons their grandfathers could have used. The standing ovation given at the State of the Union to Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, seriously wounded in an Afghan war that his commander in chief did not believe was winnable, was well deserved. It also served as a tribute to all the heroes we send into battle, particularly under rules of engagement that often make the proverbial "one hand tied behind your back" a preferable option....
  • Probe Finds White House Wanted to Make Sequestration as ‘Painful as Possible’ for Rural Schools

    01/14/2014 7:36:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 75 replies
    pj media ^ | 1/14/14 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON — A House Natural Resources Committee investigation has found that President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget ordered that sequestration cuts be applied retroactively to funding for rural schools over the opposition of the Agriculture Department. The committee’s report released today, “A Less Secure Future for Rural Schools: An Investigation into the Obama Administration’s Questionable Application of the Sequester to the Secure Rural Schools Program,” detailed how last February the USDA had determined 2013 sequestration wouldn’t apply to 2012 funds that had already been distributed in the program. The White House stepped in and overruled the USDA, though both...
  • Murray: Compromise was necessary on military pension cuts (Disabled Veterans are cut)

    12/18/2013 5:43:01 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 18 Dec 13 | CNN's Dana Davidsen
    (CNN) – Sen. Patty Murray, co-crafter of the bipartisan budget agreement and member of the veterans affair committee, said Wednesday cuts to pension benefits for some military veterans under the spending plan was a part of a compromise to avoid billions in cuts to the defense industry. "We had to look at how we could find compromises. There are things in this I like and there are things in this I don't like," the Senate Budget Committee chair and Democrat from Washington State said in an interview on CNN's "New Day." "But at the end of the day, if we...
  • Senators fight cuts to veteran benefits ahead of key budget test vote

    12/17/2013 6:11:47 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 67 replies
    AP and Fox News ^ | 17 Dec 13 | AP Staff
    <p>Republican senators were making a last-ditch bid to undo cuts to military retiree benefits in the House-passed budget deal ahead of a crucial vote Tuesday morning in the Senate.</p> <p>Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions filed an amendment late Monday to restore money that was cut from veteran and military retiree pension benefits by closing a loophole that allows illegal immigrants to qualify for child tax credits.</p>
  • Congress double-crosses military retirees

    12/14/2013 3:25:15 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 77 replies
    CNN ^ | 13 Dec 13 | Rebekah Sanderlin
    <p>Editor's note: Rebekah Sanderlin is an Army wife, Military Spouse of the Year finalist, and a writer who focuses on military issues. She, her husband and their three children are stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. She is an advisory board member of the Military Family Advisory Network.</p>
  • Military retirees outraged Congress voting to trim pensions

    12/13/2013 8:51:52 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12 Dec 13 | Staff writer
    Military retirees are outraged over a provision in the two-year budget deal working its way through Congress that would, if passed, cut the one percent cost of living raises of non-disabled retirees under 62 years of age, CNN Money reported Thursday. A coalition of some 27 groups wrote President Obama and congressional leaders expressing their "strong objection" and "grave concern" over the deal. The problem, CNN Money explained, is that most military retirees are much younger than private sector retirees. "They enlist in their 20's and retire in their 40's. Very few stay on till they are 62 --...
  • BOHICA Act of 2013

    12/11/2013 8:00:53 AM PST · by xzins · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | December 11th, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    I am old enough to remember when the GOP said not to worry about it caving on Obamacare funding because, by God, it would hold the line on sequestration. Hell, that was a month ago. Amazing how much can change in a month. Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray have decided to give up the last thing the GOP was fighting for — spending restraint. “Don’t worry,” Paul Ryan says with his boyish charm designed to induce sweats and heart palpitations among conservatives, “it’s only a little less restrained.” The budget deal puts discretionary spending over $1 trillion, which...
  • GOP seeks military pension cuts in looming budget deal

    12/11/2013 7:34:40 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 34 replies
    All Voices ^ | 9 Dec 13 | itobin53
    In front of television cameras, Republicans wave the flag in support of US military personnel. But behind closed doors, they are taking aim at their pensions. The budget deadline of Dec. 13 is fast approaching with the threat of avoiding another government shutdown waning in the balance. Budget chairs Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash) may be close to a deal that could trim $20 billion from federal pensions. Similar to the chained CPI cuts President Barack Obama [Unlink] included in his failed Grand Bargain in 2011, Ryan is proposing changes in the way military pensions are...
  • Ryan and Murray to unveil budget proposal Tuesday night

    12/10/2013 3:28:02 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 46 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12-10-13 | Lori Montgomery ·
    Senate Budget Committee chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) were finalizing details and hoping to schedule a press conference to unveil the deal, which …
  • House and Senate inch toward Deal on Federal Budget

    12/04/2013 5:00:25 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 4 Dec 2013 | BY WILLIAM DOUGLAS AND DAVID LIGHTMAN
    WASHINGTON — Congressional budget negotiators are zeroing in on a modest deal to keep the federal government operating while easing the grip of the mandatory automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. With the clock ticking toward a Dec. 13 deadline to report to Congress, the bipartisan conference committee led by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is weighing a plan that would set spending levels for fiscal 2014 and 2015. The goal is to avoid a train wreck like the one that caused the 16-day partial government shutdown in October. The shutdown ended when lawmakers agreed to...
  • Pentagon orders plan to close all commissaries

    11/25/2013 8:01:13 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 25 Nov 13 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense is seriously looking at eliminating all of the the military’s remaining commissaries as a budget-cutting measure, but the action, to begin in 2015, would cut one of the basic benefits allotted to military families. Since DOD efforts to shut down the 178 stores statewide and another 70 overseas require congressional approval, there promises to be stiff opposition among lawmakers who are reluctant to cut benefits for the military. There also is concern that elimination of the commissary benefit for service personnel who already receive comparatively lower pay when compared with civilian counterparts could negatively...
  • Top Democrat Hoyer says GOP is stalling on budget

    11/19/2013 11:25:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2013 2:07 PM EST | Andrew Taylor
    The No. 2 Democrat in the House said Tuesday that the top GOP negotiator on the budget is not interested in finding a compromise that would replace automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland says that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is not engaging in “a serious effort to reach agreement” and hasn’t forwarded an offer to Democrats. …
  • U.S. military faces Africa cuts, sees Somalia, Mali successes

    11/16/2013 7:38:23 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:23pm EST | Peter Apps
    (Reuters) - U.S. military forces in Africa may lose well over a tenth - or some $40 million - from their 2014 budget, the U.S. Africa Command said on Thursday, although it saw success against militants in Somalia and Mali. The bulk of such cuts will fall on headquarters and training programs, AFRICOM commander General David Rodriguez said, most likely forcing smaller exercises. The size of AFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, is to be reduced by some 20 percent. The planned cuts are part of broader across-the-board U.S. spending restrictions dubbed "sequestration" and imposed after Congress failed to agree deficit...
  • Economist: ‘After 2016, All You See Is Unending Red Ink’

    11/12/2013 6:41:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 12, 2013 - 5:26 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the former head of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, says that if Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on a budget with significant spending cuts, “spending just keeps going up in an uninterrupted fashion as far as the eye can see. By 2016, all you can see is unending red ink.” He added that he has little confidence that the congressional budget committee meeting officially for just the second time on Wednesday will be able to agree on a budget for the rest of the fiscal year that puts the federal government on an economically sustainable course by...
  • Kendall: Sequestration Will Make Hollow Force Inevitable

    11/07/2013 6:15:41 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 24 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 7 Nov 13 | Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
    Budget cuts imposed by sequestration will leave the Defense Department with a hollow force and debilitating shortfalls, the Pentagon’s top acquisitions chief said today. At a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, outlined the difficultly that the on-going budget sequester is causing in the department’s ability to plan for the future. “This is probably the worst time I’ve seen … in terms of our ability to do a sound plan and execute it with any kind of confidence at all,” he said. “It is one of the...
  • Mitch Daniels: Sequestration Is a Bad Idea

    10/31/2013 5:13:00 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 31 Oct 13 | John Gizzi
    In rare political remarks since becoming president of Purdue University, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has voiced sharp disagreement with many fellow Republicans over whether the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration should continue. Daniels, once director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, dubbed sequestration a "bad idea" during a press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. In so doing, the 64-year-old Daniels put himself on the opposite side of such national conservative leaders as Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, who recently told Newsmax "in the short term, it's important to...
  • The Angolan Witch Spider, Sequestration And The Government Shutdown

    10/22/2013 11:13:28 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/22/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    There is the recent internet sensation (not Miley Cyrus) … the Angolan Witch Spider! Allegedly, it feasts on dogs and cats and took several gunshots to kill. And was found in Texas. Sure-You-Want-To-Move-To-Florida The reality is less interesting. The photo was a fake. Here is the actual photo of the spider in question. Wolfie-(1)-c-2012-Paul-Santa-Maria-(Proof) Remember the dreaded “sequester?” Allegedly, 2.14 million jobs were at risk. And the Federal government partial shutdown? Allegedly, 700,000 jobs were at risk in the Greater Washington DC area. Here is the September 2013 unemployment number for Washington DC and Arlington VA: 5.40%. True, the unemployment...
  • Washington Post: Golly, that sequestration has taken a toll on the DC job market

    10/22/2013 9:14:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Perhaps it’s just bad timing, or a lack of perspective. To be fair, the Washington Post is a local newspaper, so its focus on the local economy shouldn’t surprise anyone. Even with that in mind, their story on how the sequestration has harmed the job market in the nation’s capital is rather tin-eared: The local economy saw only meager job growth in its most crucial industries during the one-year period ended in August, according to a recent Labor Department report that offered fresh evidence that federal spending cuts are taking a toll on the region’s job market.The professional services sector,...
  • Is The Shutdown Actually A Republican Victory? Op-Ed Suggests Radically Alternative Narrative

    10/18/2013 6:56:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    inquisitr.com ^ | 10/15/13
    The Republicans are desperately losing the government shutdown battle and they’re embarrassing themselves by continuing to fight. It begs many questions, but most importantly, why does the GOP continue to fight a battle with no clear goal at the expense of not just their party, but the fate of then entire U.S. government? Maybe it’s because they’re actually winning. Though the media has largely painted the GOP as the reckless, kamikaze caucus, Peter Beinart argues in a column for The Daily Beast that Republicans are not only in perfect control of the government shutdown fight, but that they’ll win in...
  • China Got into Bed with the U.S. Treasury and Can’t Get Out

    10/15/2013 7:35:37 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    TIME ^ | 10/15/2013 | Michael Schuman
    The Chinese sure are doing a lot of worrying these days about the stalemate in Washington. Li Keqiang, China’s Premier, told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he was watching the tussle over raising the government’s debt ceiling with “great attention” in a meeting last week. He has good reason to be concerned. With a stash of nearly $1.3 trillion in Treasury securities, China is the world’s largest foreign owner of U.S. government debt. If the U.S. Congress fails to lift the ceiling to allow the government to borrow more by Thursday, Washington may not have enough money to...
  • Sequestration Is the Bipartisan Law of the Land. Fight on Obamacare.

    10/13/2013 12:40:12 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 8 replies
    Redstate.com ^ | 10/13/2013 | Erick Erickson
    I was very disappointed to see Robert Costa of National Review use of the dollar sign in this tweet: Praised recently by a lot of liberals in the press, invited to the White House to sit with Barack Obama, and now subtly suggesting the McConnell – Boehner – K Street GOP attack on Heritage Action for America, Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth, and Madison Project is legit, i.e. they’re in it for the money. That’s disappointing, but unsurprising. In fact, the groups mentioned above, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Mark Meadows, Tom Graves, etc. are under withering fire from the...
  • Bob Woodward: Obama owns sequestration (Why then are Dems attacking Rand Paul?

    10/13/2013 12:09:36 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 20 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 2/23/2013 | Kevin Cerilli
    Journalism icon Bob Woodward wrote in a new Washington Post op-ed first that the sequester was the "brain child" of the White House...
  • Why Does Obama Want To End Sequestration When It Was His & Lew's Idea? (According To Woodward

    10/13/2013 11:43:41 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 12 replies
    10/13/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Bob Woodward said that sequestration was Obama's & Lew's idea. Why now is Obama againt it? Why was he for it before he was against it? Why does he flip-flop on his CORE beliefs (raising the debt ceiling, the individual mandate, sequestration, etc)? Not secondary or tertiary beliefs...core beliefs. And why is Lew fearmongering over the debt ceiling? What he has said about it recently has been debunked by Moody's.
  • Report: Sequestration, Military Budget Cuts Hurting National Security

    10/11/2013 4:46:20 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 23 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11 Oct 13 | Daniel Wiser
    A combination of budget cuts and escalating compensation costs will reduce the U.S. military’s fighting forces by at least 50 percent by 2021 and threaten national security, according to a report released Friday. The report by the Bipartisan Policy Center also said that the nearly $1 trillion in defense funding reductions over the next decade, known as the sequester, would cripple the readiness and modernization of military forces. The report pushed back against the notion that the sequester cuts have not been as debilitating as originally thought and actually helped to curb the nation’s mounting debt. While the cuts...
  • Sequester may force USAF to retire entire fleets of aircraft

    09/18/2013 3:04:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    Flight International ^ | 09/18/2013 | DAVE MAJUMDAR
    Sequester may force USAF to retire entire fleets of aircraft The US Air Force will likely have to cut entire fleets of aircraft to comply with the Congressional sequestration law, says a top service official. In order to retain a force capable of operating across the spectrum of operations, the USAF will have to sacrifice single-mission aircraft in order to preserve multirole machines. “The only way you really save money is to make entire weapons systems go away,” says Gen Mike Hostage, commander of the USAF’s Air Combat Command. That is “so that the whole logistics train, the whole support...
  • Feds Spending $2.2 Million to Study Lesbian Obesity

    09/07/2013 4:25:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 5, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government has spent $2.2 million studying why three quarters of lesbians are obese despite sequestration-mandated budget cuts that critics warned could “delay progress in medical breakthroughs.” . . . Thus far, the study has yielded one report, published in January, which found that gay and bisexual males had a “greater desire for toned muscles than completely and mostly heterosexual males.”
  • Inhofe: ‘Military Has No Money Left’ for Syria

    08/30/2013 7:24:34 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 28 Aug 13 | Niels Lesniewski
    The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Wednesday he opposed military intervention in Syria unless he finds more money for the Defense budget and details a broader strategy. “Today I told the Administration that I cannot support military action in Syria unless the President presents to Congress his broader strategy in the region that addresses our national security interests and the budget to support it. President Obama has decimated our military beginning with his first budget four and a half years ago. He has underfunded overseas contingency operations (OCO) fund, reduced base defense budget, and put...
  • Sequestration Cuts Endanger the Air Force

    08/28/2013 6:04:37 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 33 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 23 Aug 13 | Mackenzie Eaglen
    This spring, it was headline news when one-third of America's active duty Air Force combat aircraft, including fighter and bomber units, were grounded due to automatic budget cuts. This became a real and tangible problem when the U.S. military started seriously evaluating available options for the Commander-in-Chief in Syria. A no-fly zone was considered one choice at the top of the list. But had the Air Force been called into short-notice action, there would have been serious problems with mission execution and success as a result of these widespread aircraft groundings. Now the military is again updating its choices...
  • Obama warns disabled veterans prolonged sequester could put their benefits in jeopardy

    08/10/2013 5:23:27 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 113 replies
    President Obama took his case for ending the sequester to hundreds of disabled veterans Saturday, saying he protected their benefits from the “reckless” cuts to the federal budget but suggesting next year might be different. “It’s hurting our military. I made it clear that your veteran’s benefits are exempt from this year’s sequester,” the president said to the applause of hundreds at the Disabled American Veterans' convention in Orlando, Fla. “But I want to tell you going forward the best way to protect the VA care you have earned is to get rid of this sequester altogether.” The president...
  • Death by Sequestration

    08/07/2013 10:39:55 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 5 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 6 Aug 13 | Dov S. Zakheim
    The defense budget has always been collateral damage in the great budget debate over the relative merits of entitlement reform and tax increases. The current deficit is projected to total some $642 billion in 2013. The combination of cuts to the defense budget mandated by the fiscal year 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) and those imposed by the sequester amount to less than $85 billion, that is, they account for no more than a 14 percent reduction of the 2013 deficit. Clearly, defense does not provide a solution to the annual deficit, much less to the seemingly endless growth...
  • Video: Graham says sequestration will hurt us on the next terror threat

    08/04/2013 10:31:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:31 pm on August 4, 2013 | by Jazz Shaw
    In the “credit where credit is due” department, one thing you can say for Lindsey Graham is that he clearly doesn’t care all that much about politics or future elections. The Senator was trotted out on CNN this morning for a chat with Candy Crowley where they discussed the current terror threat and embassy closings. An important topic to be sure, but Graham couldn’t help himself, it seems, and had to weave some comments on sequestration into the larger story with a side helping of praise for the NSA and the White House. (Hat tip to Andrew Johnson at The...
  • Military hospitals shrinking services to meet spending cuts

    08/04/2013 6:05:34 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | August 3, 2013 | Gregg Zoroya
    Patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other premier military hospitals are being sent to private doctors and having surgery and other treatment delayed because of furloughs to medical personnel, according to interviews and internal documents. "Please show (patients) the utmost understanding and care while we are asking them to accept longer wait times and in some cases, curtailed or limited services," Rear Adm. Alton Stocks, hospital commander, told staff in a July 12 message. A "colleagues" memo issued in recent days says inpatient beds are in "critically short supply" because of furloughs of civilian staff triggered by...
  • Pentagon's Dire Budget Warnings Fall on Deaf Ears

    08/02/2013 3:43:42 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 13 replies
    Military.com ^ | 1 Aug 13 | Brendan McGarry
    Relatively few lawmakers turned out today to hear Pentagon officials warn that ongoing budget cuts would bring widespread changes to the military and limit its strategic goals. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Navy Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared before the House Armed Services Committee to discuss the potential impacts, which were detailed in an assessment released yesterday known in military parlance as the Strategic Choices and Management Review, or SCMR (pronounced "skimmer"). In the worst-case scenario, the Pentagon may have to cut 142,000 more active-duty soldiers and Marines, three carrier strike groups...
  • Another Sequester Prediction That Hasn't Come True

    07/30/2013 1:45:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    Another story has emerged out of the Department of Defense that the economic consequences from sequestration will be less dire than what was predicted. DoD initially projected that there would be 22 furlough days for government employees. That's now joined the long list of predictions of doom that haven't come true: Officials said no final decisions have been made, but they believe civilian workers will be forced to take six to eight unpaid days off rather than the 11 days that had been scheduled. The move comes as workers begin their fourth week of furloughs — a decision that riled...
  • Chuck Hagel warns: Troops are ‘close to the breaking point’

    07/23/2013 9:20:54 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 73 replies
    Politico ^ | 23 Jul 13 | PHILIP EWING
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Monday that U.S. troops are “close to the breaking point,” after many deployments — and Congress risks worsening the situation if it doesn’t help the Pentagon with its budget. “Our people are strong and resilient after 12 years of war, but they are under stress — and so are the institutions that support them,” Hagel told the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the group’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky. “Last week at Fort Bragg’s Soldier and Family Assistance Center, I met a first sergeant who told me that in Afghanistan, he froze up and...
  • Obama Orders Agencies to Recruit Volunteers

    07/19/2013 4:35:31 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 84 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 19 July 13 | Eric Katz
    <p>President Obama is calling on federal agencies to use volunteers to accomplish their tasks as part of a larger effort to boost community service throughout the country.</p> <p>The White House issued an executive order Friday -- Expanding National Service through Partnerships to Advance Government Priorities -- to establish a task force charged with improving national service and volunteering. The initiative seeks to align the American people’s commitment to service with the missions of federal agencies.</p>
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says furloughs here to stay this year: '2013 is over' (Video)

    07/19/2013 3:48:50 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Alabama dot com ^ | 18 July 13 | Leada Gore
    Furlough is here to stay for 2013, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said this week, ending the hopes of those who thought the Pentagon might yet cancel or lower the number of days of unpaid leave workers are scheduled to take through the end of the fiscal year. "We're going to have the furlough... situation until the end of 2013. 2013 is over," Hagel told attendees at a town hall meeting at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. "2014 begins Oct. 1. If sequestration continues, which as you all know is the law of the land, that probably we'd see that...
  • 650,000 Defense Employees Furloughs Started Monday

    07/14/2013 8:38:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    The Washington Post has some interesting details of emails sent by Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) contracting and budget officers to their colleagues. “Our available funding balances remain large in all appropriations — too large to spend” just on small supplemental funds often required by existing contracts, the June 27 e-mail said. DISA’s budget is $2 billion. “It is critical in our efforts to [spend] 100% of our available resources this fiscal year,” said the e-mail from budget officer Sannadean Sims and procurement officer Kathleen Miller. “It is also imperative that your organization meets its projected spending goal for June....
  • Cramer, Republicans blasted over Guard furloughs

    07/11/2013 4:38:41 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Forum News Service ^ | 11 July 13 | TJ Jerke
    More than 600 full-time military technicians in the North Dako-ta National Guard will lose a total $1.2 million in pay over the next 11 weeks as they are required to take off one day a week due to national spending cuts. The furloughs, which went into effect Monday, are part of the federal budget sequestration, a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts to government agencies, totaling $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years triggered earlier this year by the inability of Congress to compromise on a federal budget. On Wednesday, New York Congressman Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign...
  • Obama's Fear-Mongering Didn't Frighten Anyone

    07/10/2013 1:36:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    Remember when President Obama was flying around the country this year, warning that the budget-cutting sequester would destroy life as we know it in America? The President was hyperbolic about it, preaching doom and gloom across the land if we didn't turn away from the disastrous path Congress put us on. And Obama, too. He signed the bill that would send us over the sequester cliff if a new budget wasn't approved. The Pentagon wouldn't be able to pay its bills, he said. Federal food assistance would be denied to 600,000 low income women and children. Teachers would be laid...
  • DOD civilians prepare for beginning of furloughs

    07/06/2013 8:26:09 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | 6 July 13 | Lolita C. Baldor
    More than 650,000 civilian Defense Department workers will begin taking the first of their 11 unpaid days off next week, but the cut in salary they will see in the three months may pale compared to what officials worry could be larger-scale layoffs next year. Roughly 85 percent of the department’s nearly 900,000 civilians around the world will be furloughed, according to the latest statistics provided by the Pentagon. But while defense officials were able to shift money around to limit the furloughs this year, there are widespread worries that if automatic budget cuts go forward for 2014, thousands of...
  • Pentagon civilian workers in Germany get raises while those in U.S. get cuts (Germans get raise)

    07/03/2013 7:20:17 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 2 Jul 13 | Renee Schoof
    <p>American civilian employees of the Defense Department have put up with pay freezes and are going on furloughs starting next week, but German civilian workers at U.S. military bases in Germany are getting a pay increase.</p> <p>Some U.S. lawmakers say it's unfair that the German union ver.di, which represents about 2 million workers, negotiated a pay increase in June. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., complained about the raise for German workers in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel dated Monday and released by her office Tuesday. She asked him to suspend the raises.</p>
  • Washington Post: So, sequestration actually hasn’t been hell on earth

    07/02/2013 12:29:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/02/2013 | Guy Benson
    I thought I’d re-up this story from the headlines. White House fear-mongerers hardest hit: Before “sequestration” took effect, the Obama administration issued specific — and alarming — predictions about what it would bring. There would be one-hour waits at airport security. Four-hour waits at border crossings. Prison guards would be furloughed for 12 days. FBI agents, up to 14. At the Pentagon, the military health program would be unable to pay its bills for service members. The mayhem would extend even into the pantries of the neediest Americans: Around the country, 600,000 low-income women and children would be denied federal...
  • Customs and Border Protection Aircraft Searches: Your Rights And Responsibilities

    06/25/2013 6:05:10 AM PDT · by taildragger · 17 replies
    AvWeb ^ | 06/23/2013 | Russ Niles
    In the last few weeks there have been widely circulated reports about law-abiding pilots being confronted by heavily armed local cops and federal Customs and Border Protection agents who appear to act as if they have absolute authority to search and interrogate pilots and passengers. "At least 12 of our members have been stopped and had their plane searched by CBP for absolutely no reason at all," said AOPA spokesman Steve Hedges. "We've asked CBP for documents related to the searches, filing a Freedom of Information Act to get it, but so far they have been unresponsive." As always, it's...
  • Paul Ryan: IRS employees are getting bonuses while the Pentagon is dishing out furloughs

    06/20/2013 1:42:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/20/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    It wasn't so very long ago that the Obama administration was very loudly and pointedly agonizing over the dreadful impact that the sequestration-imposed, across-the-board budget cuts were going to have on both the economy and the federal government's ability to perform some of its basic functions — which doesn't quite explain why it is that union employees of the Internal Revenue Service are about to receive $70 million in bonuses that were supposed to have been cancelled. The apparent deal with the National Treasury Employees Union is scheduled for Wednesday and was made public by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley...
  • Walter Reed plans to furlough thousands; soldier advocacy groups worry about care despite assurances

    06/19/2013 5:39:16 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 18 Jun 13 | Joseph Weber
    A wounded soldier receives treatment at a rehabilitation center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Thousands of civilian workers at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center -- the country’s top facility for wounded combat soldiers -- are facing furloughs this summer, as a result of sequester and other federal budget problems, according to the Defense Department. Roughly 2,400 workers at the suburban Washington facility were recently notified by letter that the department needs them to take off as many as 11 days without pay this summer to help with “extraordinary and serious budgets challenges.”...
  • Doing the enemy's job: Sequestration is crippling the Air Force's ability to defend the nation

    06/19/2013 5:29:30 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | 18 Jun 13 | Tom Young
    Imagine an enemy that could neutralize 13 U.S. Air Force squadrons. What force could pull off such a feat? Not China, not Russia, certainly not al-Qaeda or the Taliban. Only the U.S. House of Representatives, and its weapon is sequestration. The problem traces back to 2011, when lawmakers approved a plan for across-the-board budget cuts that would kick in if a special panel couldn't reach compromises during a debt limit showdown. The cuts were intended to be so unacceptable they would force members of Congress to do their jobs, make tough choices, and work with one another. In other words,...
  • Walter Reed furloughs: Sequestration mainly to blame, notice says

    06/16/2013 5:16:14 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    ABC News 7 ^ | 3 Jun 13 | None listed
    "Extraordinary and serious budgetary challenges" are being cited as the reason that thousands of employees at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are being furloughed this summer, according to a letter sent to employees. The letter, which was obtained by Federal News Radio, directly blames budget cuts related to sequestration as the reason that more than 3,500 civilian workers at both Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital will take up to 11 unpaid days off. "The Department of Defense will need funding in other accounts that can be used to provide the warfighters with what they need to protect...
  • Farm bill follies: 80% of $955B for funding of food stamps

    06/06/2013 3:51:03 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6 Jun 13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Almost 80 percent of the Senate’s proposed farm bill — a $955 billion measure — will be used to pay for food stamps in the coming decade. “The trillion-dollar farm and food stamp bill should not be called the ‘Farm Bill,” said Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham, to Breitbart. “Washington doesn’t want Americans to know that 80 percent of the spending in the bill goes to fund Obama’s big-government, food stamp agenda.” As for the remaining 20 percent? That goes for price supports for farmers — an “equally disturbing” federal disbursement, Mr. Needham said, in the Breitbart report....