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  • EPA riders axed, lawmakers say

    04/08/2011 3:27:48 PM PDT · by Qbert · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/8/11 | DARREN GOODE
    An evolving deal to avoid a government shutdown would include a study of the economic effect of environmental regulations rather than Republican riders to block EPA rules on climate change and mountaintop mining, senior Senate Democrats and a key House Republican say. That would be a major victory for Democrats and environmental groups who have been fighting to keep policy riders on a host of regulations out of any deal. “EPA riders as proposed by the House will not be included,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters. He said the deal could include a study instead. “It’s one...
  • NFCU Contingency Plan

    04/08/2011 3:19:45 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 2 replies
    Navy Federal Credit Union ^ | 4/8/2011 | NFCU
    This is WHY I LOVE my Credit Union. Sailors taking care of ALL DoD!
  • Largest federal worker union sues for pay lost in event of shutdown (Hussein violates Constitution?)

    04/08/2011 2:10:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/08/11 | Kevin Bogardus
    Largest federal worker union sues for pay lost in event of shutdownBy Kevin Bogardus - 04/08/11 02:25 PM ET The nation's largest federal employee union sued the Obama administration Friday, seeking the repayment of wages lost during a government shutdown. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) says in its lawsuit that the administration has violated the Constitution's appropriations clause and the 13th Amendment by requiring employees to work without pay during a federal closure. “Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be required to work during a shutdown, and there’s no guarantee that Congress will keep the administration’s promise...
  • Poll: Apportioning blame for the budget deadlock

    04/08/2011 1:54:37 PM PDT · by blondee123 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/08/2011 | Reuters
  • What Would Reagan Do?

    04/08/2011 1:32:03 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 2 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-08-11 | The Region Rat
    Mr. Speaker, you’re no Ronald Reagan. I’ve been wondering what Ronald Reagan would think of the current budget debate, and how he might respond to the scare tactics of Barrack Obama and the Democratic party. After revisiting some of my favorite Reaganisms, doing a bit of “cut and paste,” and adding a few words of my own, I believe he would say something similar to the following: My fellow Americans, today the Republican Party made a decision to stand on principle, and allow the shutdown of the federal government. While the other side is using every scare tactic at their...
  • Optimism in the House (Anonymous "House staffer" emails Ben that Speaker told him deal is close)

    04/08/2011 1:18:56 PM PDT · by Qbert · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/8/2011 | Ben Smith
    A House staffer emails: "The Speaker just told a member that he thinks they will get a deal by the end of the day."
  • CWA: President Obama & Senate Democrats have no Excuse for “Shutting Down” the Federal Government

    04/08/2011 1:16:03 PM PDT · by topher · 3 replies
    President Obama & Senate Democrats have no Excuse for “Shutting Down” the Federal Government Duane Parde, President, National Taxpayers Union Grover Norquist, Present, Americans for Tax Reform William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government Edwin Meese III, former Attorney General Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council James Martin, Chairman, 60 Plus Association Penny Nance, CEO, Concerned Women for America Tom Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste James Miller III, former Reagan Budget Director Brent Bozell, President, Media Research Center Susan Carleson, Chairman & CEO, American Civil Rights Union Richard Viguerie, Chairman,
  • Is a government “shutdown” the end of the world as we know it?

    04/08/2011 1:09:43 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 3 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-08-11 | The Region Rat
    THE DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE MESSAGE ONCE AGAIN In a recent post on the budget fight, I wrote of the Democrats’ historical ability to win the war of words in Wahington; and therefore, control the debate. It’s been that way since Ronald Reagan jetted off to California. Their latest effort is impressive indeed; Democrats and their water-carriers in the media are pulling out all the stops and it’s a pathetic site to behold. From Nancy Pelosi’s ridiculous assertion that six million seniors face sure starvation under Republican-proposed cuts, to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah’s shameful claim that the GOP version of the...
  • Budget Impasse Over EPA Worth Having

    04/08/2011 12:19:07 PM PDT · by Qbert · 2 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 4/8/2011 | RUSS HARDING
    At the time of this writing it remains to be seen if the federal government will be subject to a partial shutdown due to budget wrangling in Congress. The difference in budget reduction dollar amounts has become almost meaningless as reductions in the $30 billion range are tiny compared to the trillions of dollars of red ink the federal government is piling up. The fight over budget language that would limit the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to bypass Congress with a series of rulemakings that are aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by making traditional fossil-fueled energy more...
  • Pass a budget -- for Rep. Linda Sanchez

    04/08/2011 11:16:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/8/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    Yesterday, in the wake of stories about military families not receiving full pay, House Republicans had the right response. They passed a stopgap continuing resolution to guarantee military spending and pay. The bill passed by a 247-181 vote. That's right, 181 members -- mostly Dems, but also Rep. Michele Bachmann and five other Repubs -- voted to deprive the military of paychecks. For his part, Obama pledged to veto the measure . . .
  • Idled Federal Workers Will Still Get Some Pay, Via Jobless Benefits

    04/08/2011 11:14:32 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NASDAQ ^ | April 8, 2011 | Louise Radnofsky
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- If Congress shuts down the federal government, Washington will still end up paying hundreds of thousands of employees who are sent home. Idled federal workers can apply for unemployment compensation from the states in which they work, and the federal government will pick up the tab. Whether they get their full back pay once a shutdown is resolved is less clear. After the 1995 and 1996 federal government shutdowns, Congress approved back pay for furloughed employees. Federal employee unions say they will fight for a similar measure again. The Department of Labor has told state unemployment agencies...
  • Democrat stonewalling over Planned Parenthood funding leading toward gov’t shutdown

    04/08/2011 10:59:37 AM PDT · by topher · 22 replies ^ | 08-April-2011 | by Kathleen Gilbert
    Democrat stonewalling over Planned Parenthood funding leading toward gov’t shutdown by Kathleen Gilbert Fri Apr 08 12:20 PM EST WASHINGTON, D.C., April 8, 2011 ( - The sole issue preventing Congress from agreeing on a budget bill and threatening to shut down the government is the GOP effort - and Democrats’ unwillingness - to end funding for abortion giant Planned Parenthood, Democratic party leaders have admitted. While Democrats are blaming Republicans for the looming government shutdown, both Democrat leaders and President Obama initiated the arm-twisting this week by vowing to block GOP efforts to continue funding U.S. troops and other...
  • Sarah Palin: Commander in Chief’s Appalling Action with Our Troops

    04/08/2011 10:44:51 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 68 replies
    Sarah Palin's Facebook Notes ^ | April 8, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Yesterday the House passed H.R. 1363, which funds our Department of Defense and our military for the rest of the year at their current levels. It allows for the continuation of current military operations, which is pretty important when you’re fighting three wars. It also funds the government for another week and cuts $12 billion in wasteful spending. So why would the Commander in Chief declare that he will veto this? Why would he play politics at the expense of our troops who are putting everything on the line to protect us? Memo to the President: I doubt the insurgents...
  • Gov't shutdown could hit federal workers in wallet

    04/08/2011 10:21:23 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 21 replies ^ | 8 Apr 11 | Sam Hananel
    WASHINGTON — Last time there was a government shutdown, furloughed federal workers were able to recover their lost pay. They may not be so lucky this time. Congress would have to decide whether an estimated 800,000 government employees could recoup back wages if they are forced to stay out of work. When workers were sidelined during the most recent partial shutdowns of 1995 and 1996, Congress quickly voted to make them whole. But that was during flush economic times and before Tea Party conservatives wielded influence over GOP lawmakers, seeking smaller government and deeper spending cuts. "It was a very...
  • Budget Debate Live (Senate) - (RATS on the Ropes)

    04/08/2011 8:46:09 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 110 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 8 April 2011
    Every word Durbin speaks, makes me proud of the House Republicans
  • Who's to blame for government shutdown? (CNBC Poll)

    04/08/2011 9:56:21 AM PDT · by Minus_The_Bear · 30 replies
    CNBC is running a poll on the Government shutdown...
  • Why it smells like a deal

    04/08/2011 9:25:57 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/8/11 | Philip Klein
    What this suggests to me is that the ultimate deal, as most veteran observers expected all along, will be that Democrats will agree to more spending cuts and that Republicans will agree to drop the Planned Parenthood provision. By making the statements they have today, when a deal is reached, Reid and President Obama could tell the frustrated liberal base that they fought to protect "women's health" (their euphamism for Planned Parenthood). Meanwhile, Boehner will tout the spending cuts they were able to extract from Reid in the face of conservative criticism for caving on funding for the nation's largest...
  • Dem Sanchez Tries To Drown Out Republican With 'Broke Because of Bush' Chant

    04/08/2011 9:22:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Loretta Sanchez would need to multiply her maturity quotient to qualify as juvenile . . During an interview on MSNBC this morning on the subject of the budget and possible government shutdown, the Dem congresswoman from California tried to drown out her Republican colleague from New York, Michael Grimm, by chanting "broke because of Bush." View video here.
  • Climate Riders Invite a Midnight Shutdown (Dems' support for Cap and Tax threatens Shutdown)

    04/08/2011 9:09:27 AM PDT · by Qbert · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | April 8, 2011 | EVAN LEHMANN
    Urgent efforts to avert a government shutdown at midnight faltered yesterday over Republican initiatives to freeze climate rules, a challenge to the president's environmental priorities at the outset of his re-election bid. [Snip] ...Although Democrats highlight just two Republican obstacles to an agreement -- riders on EPA and abortion -- those challenges can include multiple provisions. Republicans say that all 68 amendments attached to their budget-cutting bill, H.R. 1, passed in February are in play during the deadline negotiations. The riders scissor funding from an array of programs, but the emphasis is on EPA regulations and environmental policies. [Snip] Nineteen...
  • Governor Palin: Shut It Down

    04/08/2011 8:23:37 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 90 replies
    Palin TV ^ | April 8, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Governor Palin tweeted the following: Presidential nonsense. MT “@ShannonBream: BREAKING! Pres will veto 1-week spending bill to avoid govt shutdown if Congress passes” So, now… $4T later, leaderless govt digs further debt, bickers over cutting peanuts – peanuts we don’t even have. It’s unsustainable! Let him shut it. Obama’s petulant obstruction = shutdown MT”@Heritage: Blame President & Sen 4 partial shutdown @BrianHDarling explains: “