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    Re: Ted Cruz launches faux filibuster as Senate readies spending bill vote

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Actually, I thought Cruz was finished, but he's not. Looks like he gets a bathroom break each hour.

    I was about to say, I'm watching it now, at 7:25p central time and he's still talking...put the safety on that bad boy...

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    Re: Ted Cruz launches faux filibuster as Senate readies spending bill vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Except very little discretion was given to the various agencies. That's why we had an Air Traffic Control slowdown. The FAA literally had unused research funds sitting in an account they were legally barred from using to shore up the ATC budget.
    And that was resolved rather quickly, wasn't it?
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: Ted Cruz launches faux filibuster as Senate readies spending bill vote

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    Each department can ask for freedom in implementing the cuts...
    there is damage that cannot be negotiated

    Because of the sequester, the Los Angeles County Housing Authority, which provides housing vouchers for 23,000 individuals and households, stopped issuing new vouchers when any slots came open. That was to absorb a 5% cut in federal funds imposed by Congress' inaction."We're unfortunately the homeless capital of the world," Sean Rogan, the agency's executive director, told me recently.

    That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it's not to L.A.'s credit — or the nation's — that it compares favorably to some Third World countries. The waiting list for vouchers at Rogan's agency is 65,000 names long, while only about 1,000 slots open by attrition each year.

    The agency hopes to avoid having to take vouchers away from families that are currently housed, but that will happen only if its application for a $1.2-million emergency grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is approved.

    Rogan is hopeful, but without that money some 1,800 families or elderly or disabled individuals may lose existing vouchers, which would put them at the mercy of Southern California's tight rental market, virtually guaranteeing that many will lose their shelter.

    If the sequester continues into next year and forces an additional 5% budget cut, those losses will be inevitable, he says. And that comes on top of relentless budget cuts imposed by Congress over the last two years.

    "The sequester was just piling on," Rogan said. "Those impacts are real."
    As damaging sequester continues, Congress goes on 5-week vacation - latimes.com

    the the story in the link may be a month old, but the fact's are not old.

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    Re: Ted Cruz launches faux filibuster as Senate readies spending bill vote

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    It depends on how agency heads implement the cuts...
    Good evening, AP.

    $100B here, $100B there. Pretty soon that adds up to real money. (With apologies to the late Senator Everett Dirksen.)
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    Re: Ted Cruz launches faux filibuster as Senate readies spending bill vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    there is damage that cannot be negotiated



    As damaging sequester continues, Congress goes on 5-week vacation - latimes.com

    the the story in the link may be a month old, but the fact's are not old.
    The implementation is done at the department level. All that needs to be done is for the Secretary's to ask Congress for flexibility...
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: Ted Cruz launches faux filibuster as Senate readies spending bill vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Good evening, AP.

    $100B here, $100B there. Pretty soon that adds up to real money. (With apologies to the late Senator Everett Dirksen.)
    Good evening 2m. I hope all is well considering the Redskins' start to the season...
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: Ted Cruz launches faux filibuster as Senate readies spending bill vote

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    Good evening 2m. I hope all is well considering the Redskins' start to the season...
    Discussion of the Redskins is on hiatus.
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    Re: Ted Cruz launches faux filibuster as Senate readies spending bill vote

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    The implementation is done at the department level. All that needs to be done is for the Secretary's to ask Congress for flexibility...
    what about the damage inflicted here.

    Then there's Head Start. The sequester hit the Los Angeles County Office of Education, which oversees Head Start programs for 18,000 pre-schoolers, on July 1, forcing it to cut 900 slots for 3-year-olds who otherwise would be getting their first preparation for kindergarten.

    But Head Start is more than an early education program — it's the hub of a social welfare structure that includes family outreach.

    When the program is properly funded and operated, its teachers and social workers known as family advocates look out for family problems that demand help, such as unemployment, alcoholism and mental illness. Director Keesha Woods says that budget cuts mean family advocates' caseload may double to 150 — and obviously that's not counting the families that won't be covered at all because their children didn't get slotted in.

    "When we start removing the ladders that allow families to climb out of poverty," Woods said, "then we are allowing the system to be perpetuated."

    The other hole being torn in the safety net for vulnerable families is unemployment insurance. The sequester is gouging an average 15% out of the weekly checks for unemployed persons nationwide, according to calculations by the National Employment Law Project. The actual amount varies by how long a state waited to implement the cuts (the longer it held off, the deeper the cut) and how it has applied the reductions. The average cut is $43 a week to the national average benefit of $289."That's a bag of groceries," said Maurice Emsallem, the project's Oakland-based policy co-director.

    In California, which has more people on unemployment than any other state, the reduction of 17.7% is applied to new applicants and those moving to the next tier of coverage — for example, moving from the first 10 weeks of benefits to the next 13 weeks. The reduction to the average weekly benefit of $303 comes to $54. If the sequester continues to the end of the year, the cuts will hit more than 500,000 people.

    To any sensible person, all this would point to a serious social crisis, concentrated among the nation's most vulnerable populations — and that's not even counting the cuts documented across the country to Meals on Wheels, literacy education and federally funded scientific research.

    So what was Congress up to in the weeks before it went on vacation? The House passed a dead-on-arrival measure repealing the Affordable Care Act (which of course benefits lower-income Americans) for the 40th time. The lawmakers debated a bill, introduced by the majestically useless Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), to name all coastal waters out to the U.S. 200-mile jurisdictional limit after Ronald Reagan.

    All the rest has been gridlock, grandstanding and gutter politics. There's some debate over whether this Congress has been the worst in history or merely one of the bottom two, but either way it's bad enough. For this they deserve a vacation that the average European would envy?
    As damaging sequester continues, Congress goes on 5-week vacation - Page 2 - latimes.com

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    Re: Ted Cruz launches faux filibuster as Senate readies spending bill vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    Get over it. If the department heads believed these programs were a priority, they would find the funding to continue them. Head Start is little more than a daycare program...
    I don't often change my signature, but this was just too over the top to let anyone forget with what this country is up against...
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    Re: Ted Cruz launches faux filibuster as Senate readies spending bill vote

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    The implementation is done at the department level. All that needs to be done is for the Secretary's to ask Congress for flexibility...
    Yes. We have a process in which each department head can request specific funds for specific purposes, and have Congress review those requests. It's called making a budget. Sequestration happened because Congress was unable to do this.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    And that was resolved rather quickly, wasn't it?
    No. The FAA had been warning Congress about this since the sequester was first proposed. Before it even passed, they knew this was coming. It was "resolved quickly" the second Congress became personally inconvenienced by the flight delays. The rest of us in the aviation industry were already suffering the consequences, and still are.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlabamaPaul View Post
    Get over it. If the department heads believed these programs were a priority, they would find the funding to continue them. Head Start is little more than a daycare program...

    Because Congress is so ****ing cooperative these days, right?
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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