Post Tagged with: "Congress"

AFSA Statement on Rep. George Miller’s (D-Calif.) Retirement

Rep. George Miller (D.-Ca.) is leaving some big shoes to fill as he announces his retirement from the House of Representatives this year. In his 40 years in Congress, Rep. Miller has proven his commitment to the working men and women of this country through his support of education and health care reform, minimum wage increases and worker safety. His unyielding commitment […]

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Labor, Allies to use Public Pressure to Push Jobless Benefits Through Hostile U.S. House GOP Majority

WASHINGTON —With 72,000 more unemployed workers losing their jobless benefits every week, organized labor and its civic, religious and congressional Democratic allies turned to public pressure to push resurrection of the benefits through a hostile GOP majority in the U.S. House.             That promise came from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and others in a press conference-cum-rally Jan. 8 on Capitol Hill, […]

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Congress Returns to Contrasting Agendas

WASHINGTON —The dysfunctional 113th Congress, hamstrung by Tea Party Republicans, returns Jan. 6 to, unfortunately, more of the same – as shown by its contrasting agendas for its first week back. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans a vote that same day on a 3-month extension of emergency federal benefits for the long-term jobless.  When Congress quit at the […]

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Trumka Cool to Final Federal Budget Blueprint

WASHINGTON —AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave a cool reception to Congress’ 2-year federal budget blueprint that at least provided a temporary truce in the GOP-inspired fiscal wars that roiled the government.  And the American Federation of Government Employees panned the budget pact, too. Lawmakers passed and Democratic President Barack Obama signed the blueprint, which sets spending at $1.012 trillion for […]

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Union Leaders Slam Federal Budget Deal

WASHINGTON—Government workers’ union leaders and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka slammed the federal budget deal top lawmakers reached on Dec. 10, saying it unfairly hits the nation’s 2 million federal workers – who have borne the brunt of prior budget cuts. And Trumka hit Congress for refusing to ask those who have gained the most from the slow economic recovery – […]

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Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray Reach Budget Agreement

Today’s compromise between Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan provides much needed relief from the harmful policy of sequestration. While not without its flaws, the compromise restores almost two-thirds of the cuts to education and other nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs in 2014, although with less relief to come in 2015. Most notably for schools, it […]

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Dear Mr. President: Now, Walk the Walk

An open letter to the President of the United States: “Dear Mr. President: “Your speech the other day, blasting income inequality and laying out a road map to close the gap between the rich and the rest of us, was something we’ve long waited to hear.  And we’re glad that you said you’ll make that road map a priority for […]

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Medina, Other Immigration Rights Fasters Hand Off To Successors

WASHINGTON —Saying their 22-day “fast for families” to demand Congress approve comprehensive immigration reform got worldwide attention, former Service Employees Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina and his colleagues ended their D.C. vigil by handing off the fast to a group of successors. The fast drew continued attention to the issue, and support from Democrats all the way up to President Barack Obama, […]

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The Continued Fight Against Sequestration

The Continued Fight Against Sequestration

On Oct. 16, 2013, President Obama signed legislation approved by Congress to end a 16-day government shutdown. The deal funded the government through Jan. 15, 2014, and raised the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling until Feb. 7,2014, thus avoiding a potentially disastrous default in late October 2013. The end of the shutdown sent hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers back […]

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AFGE: Budget Cut Options Hit Feds; GOP Senators Want to ‘Wal-Martize’ Workforce

WASHINGTON —A wide range of federal budget-cutting options, listed but not advocated by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), would if adopted badly hit federal workers who already suffer from past budget-cutting, the American Federation of Government Employees says. Not only that, but three GOP senators want to “Wal-Martize” federal workers by eliminating regular pensions for all new hires, the […]

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