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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:09 PM

Ramping Up Pressure On Congress, White House Details Looming `Self-Inflicted' Spending Cuts

Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Trying to ratchet up pressure on Congress, the White House on Friday detailed what it said would be the painful impact on the federal workforce and certain government assistance programs if "large and arbitrary" scheduled government spending cuts are allowed to take place beginning March 1.

They include layoffs or furloughs of "hundreds of thousands" of federal workers, including FBI agents, U.S. prosecutors, food safety inspectors and air traffic controllers, said White House budget officials at a briefing and in a fact sheet that included these examples of what the cuts would mean:

_ About 70,000 young children would be kicked off Head Start, 10,000 teacher jobs would be put at risk and up to 2,100 food safety inspections might have to be canceled.

_Up to 373,000 "seriously mentally ill adults and seriously emotionally disturbed children" would go untreated, up to 1,000 fewer National Science Foundation research grants and effecting some 12,000 scientists and students could be threatened, many small business loans denied, workplace safety inspections curtailed, federally assisted programs like "Meals on Wheels" slashed and 125,000 low-income renters put at risk of losing government-subsidized housing.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/politics/190395791.html

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Samantha Feb 2013 #1
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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 07:03 PM

1. and that is exactly what the GOP wants us to think is going to happen if we do not

agree to cuts to earned benefit programs. It is just another threat, and the question is who will cave first.

Sam

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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:37 PM

2. Pitting Social Security recipients against Federal employees. The have nots vs. the have nots.

 

SS gets gutted or Federal employees get furloughed.

One of the most cynical, anti-worker, anti-social safety net ploys I have ever seen.

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