Federal Government

Budget Sequester Forcing the Federal Aviation Administration to Cut Air Traffic Controllers

March 4, 2013

“The agency has said that it will have to furlough its 47,000 workers, including air traffic controllers, at least one day per pay period to make ends meet after the cuts are implemented.”

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White House Economic Advisor Gene Sperling Backs Away From “Doomsday” Sequester Predictions

March 3, 2013

“Gene Sperling, the White House’s top economic adviser, repeatedly said Sunday the cuts will not hurt as much on “Day One” as they will over the long haul.”

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State Department Report on Keystone XL Pipeline: No Significant Impact to Most Resources Along Route

March 1, 2013

“Environmentalists were left sputtering Friday while pro-pipeline forces in Congress and industry insisted that this should leave no doubt that the pipeline can be built safely and provide for jobs and a fresh source of North American energy.”

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President Obama Issues Executive Order Mandating Sequester Spending Cuts

March 1, 2013

“President Barack Obama on Friday issued the order mandating sequester cuts across the government.”

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White House Increases Humanitarian and Non-Lethal Aid to the Syrian Rebels

February 28, 2013

“Under a broad definition of “nonlethal,” assistance to the opposition could include items like vehicles, communications equipment and night vision gear. The Obama administration has said it will not — at least for now — provide arms to the opposition.”

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White House Statistics: Nationwide Medicare Patient Readmissions Within 30 Days Declined to 17.8% in 2012

February 28, 2013

“Jonathan Blum, a top official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is scheduled to release the figures Thursday at a Senate Finance Committee hearing.”

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New York City Council Approves Restrictions on Cooperation With Federal Authorities in Deportation Cases

February 27, 2013

“The bills were introduced in response to Secure Communities, a federal program that has become a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s immigration enforcement strategy.”

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U.S. Senate Confirms Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary

February 27, 2013

“Jack Lew’s nomination was approved Wednesday on a 71-26 vote.”

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Israel’s Channel 10: President Obama Will Threaten Iran With a Military Strike in June

February 27, 2013

“Pres. Obama is scheduled to visit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next month, and during the get-together the two leaders will reportedly work out the details for a possible assault.”

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Speaker John Boehner to Fellow House Republicans: Let the Senate Get Off Their A** This Time

February 26, 2013

“House Republicans passed their plan to replace sequester cuts with cuts of their own in the 112th Congress, rendering it useless during this session. Boehner said his chamber will “be prepared to move quickly” if the Senate passes a bill.”

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Senate Republicans Circulating Draft Bill to Cancel Sequester Cuts and Have President Obama Choose Cuts

February 26, 2013

“The plan is being advanced by some conservative Republicans who don’t want the White House to continue using the sequester as a public relations hammer.”

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Report: House of Representatives Likely to Pass Senate Version of Violence Against Women Act

February 26, 2013

“With insufficient support for the GOP bill, the vote on the Senate bill appeared almost certain to pass with bipartisan support.”

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As Expected, U.S. Senate Votes to Confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

February 26, 2013

“The former Republican senator from Nebraska, who is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday, will take the reins at the Pentagon as some 66,000 Americans serve in the ongoing war in Afghanistan and just days before automatic, across-the-board spending cuts are set to kick in on Friday.”

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Federal Reserve’s Asset Purchases Will Lose Government Hundreds of Billions of Dollars if Interest Rates Abruptly Rise

February 26, 2013

“MSCI puts the Fed’s mark-to-market loss at less than half that, or $216 billion, if the economy performs in line with consensus forecasts of gradually rising growth, inflation and interest rates.”

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Defends Asset Purchasing in Senate Testimony

February 26, 2013

“Bernanke and his colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee are debating whether to curtail $85 billion in monthly bond-buying amid concern the Fed’s record $3.1 trillion balance sheet may encourage excessive risk-taking by investors and complicate the Fed’s exit from easing.”

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