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continued on page 6 December 10, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 22 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com the changes would have on beneficiaries with dependents, and said the report “clear- ly shows that these changes are inappro- priate and regressive for dedicated federal employees injured in the performance of their duties.” In 2010, the FECA program paid $1.9 billion in cash benefits to federal work- ers who sustained injuries or illnesses while performing federal duties. See the studies at www.gao.gov/products/ GAO-13-108 and www.gao.gov/products/ GAO-13-142R (postal). Sparring continues on ‘fiscal cliff ’ Negotiations between the White House and House lawmakers on a plan to avoid across-the-board cuts at the beginning of the year—the so-called fiscal cliff—seemed to indicate an ongoing standoff, judging from statements released last week by both sides. On Dec 3, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) sent President Obama a letter, signed by House Republican leaders, that rejected the White House proposal that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner laid out for lawmakers Nov. 29. Characterizing the plan Republicans sent to the president after the election as “a bal- anced framework for averting the fiscal cliff by coupling spending cuts and reforms with new tax revenue,” the House leadership in the letter rejected the president’s plan as “neither balanced nor realistic.” “We cannot in good conscience agree to this approach,” they wrote. “Regrettably, the proposal [Geithner] outlined on behalf of your Administration contains very little in the way of common ground,” the letter stated. “ The proposal calls for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue, twice the amount you supported during the campaign. The proposal also includes four times as much tax revenue as spend- ing cuts, in stark contrast to the ‘balanced approach’ on which you campaigned. “While administration officials are claiming that this proposal contains 2.5 dollars of spending cuts for each dol- lar in new revenue, counting as part of this ratio previously enacted savings—as if these were new spending reductions— only confuses the public debate,” the letter said. “What’s worse, the modest spend- ing cuts in this offer are cancelled out by the additional ‘stimulus’ measures the Administration is requesting. And, this proposal would remove any and all limits on federal borrowing.” The House Republicans said their pro- posal was consistent with recommendations provided to Congress last year by President Clinton’s former chief of staff, Erskine Bowles. The letter called the White House plan, on the other hand, an “unserious proposal.” Administration response The letter drew immediate reaction from the White House, which returned fire in a similar manner. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer released a statement in which he charged that the Republican proposal “does not meet the test of balance.” “In fact, it actually promises to lower rates for the wealthy and sticks the middle class with the bill,” he stated. “Their plan includes 2013 Federal Employees Almanac Your One-stop Resource on Federal Benefits Reserve NOW for Best Savings! www.FederalDaily.com/catalog • 800.989.3363 Shipping February 2013 Celebrating 60 Years of the Almanac! continued from page 3
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