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Federal Employees News Digest : Oct 21, 2013
Phil Piemonte, Managing Editor E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org What's Inside44 OCTOBER 21, 2013 • VOL. 63, NO. 14 Opposition politics As you know all too well, Congress can be a mess---and increasingly partisan to the point of paralysis. Add to that the fact that under its standard three- day work week, most members of Congress don't have time to get to know each other. The days of Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill are gone. Maybe forever. Last Monday, the Washington Post car- ried an above-the-fold story talking about the two "seventy-somethings" who run the U.S. Senate. That would be Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican from Kentucky. Bottom line, according to the Post, is that they hate each other's guts. To the point, many believe that both have been known to find out where the other one stands on some- thing, or what the other wants, so they can take the opposite position. (Ironically, the very next day after the article appeared, Reid and McConnell were making nice in public, although they did appear reluctant to make any actual physical contact.) Many House Republicans favored a show- down over the debt limit. Democrats in the House, Senate and White House begged them to see the light, maintaining that a default could badly damage the economy. Dems also are enjoying the polls, which indi- cate that the lion's share of the blame for the shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis is falling on Republicans. INSIGHT BY MIKE CAUSEY continued on page 2 For more news...see Federal Daily at www.FederalDaily.com • APWU looks to activism 3 • Shutdown caused financial woes 4 • In Brief 5 • Guest column 7 • Informed Investor 8 • Federal Benefits Q&A 9 continued on page 3 Back to work, with eyes on 2014 Federal workers reported back to work last week after lawmakers finally approved legislation to provide short-term funding to reopen the government. The bill also included a measure to raise the debt ceil- ing to avoid default. The bill provides back pay for fur- loughed workers, as well as pay for employees who worked during the shut- down. However, the legislation merely post- poned the ongoing budget battle until the beginning of 2014---it funds the govern- ment only through Jan. 15, and holds off government default just until Feb. 7. Labor leaders like American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox, Sr. anticipate another legisla- tive fight similar to the one that has raged in past months. "In the coming weeks AFGE will fight all attempts to cut federal pay, retire- ment, or health care as Congress hash- es out FY 14 spending levels," Cox said in a statement. "Federal employees are nobody's bargaining chip. Our message to lawmakers is clear: No more cuts, no more furloughs, no more sacrifices on the backs of hardworking Americans. We will also fight to protect Social Security and Medicare benefits from any reductions, including cuts from the so-called chained CPI [Consumer Price Index]." Last-ditch effort The end to the government shut- down finally appeared to be within reach as Senate leaders last Wednesday announced they had agreed on a biparti- san bill. Shortly after the announcement, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that he would not block a vote on the legislation. Later that day, the Senate passed the bill, 81 to 18, and the House followed with a 285 to 144 vote. President Obama quickly signed the bill into law, and the Office of Personnel Management told employees to report back to work the fol- lowing morning. "It's never easy for two sides at odds to reach consensus," Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in announcing the legislation. "After weeks spent facing off across a partisan divide that often seemed too wide to cross, our country came to the brink of a disaster. But in the end, political adversaries set aside their differences and disagreements to prevent that disaster." Reid gave credit to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who until last week had played a more adversarial role in the negotiations, for his part in reaching the new agreement. "I thank the Republican leader, for his diligent efforts to reach this important agreement," Reid said. "The Republican leader's cooperation was essential to reaching an accord that could pass both
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