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Federal Employees News Digest : Oct 21, 2013
October 21, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 14 3 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com chambers and be signed by President Obama." The senator said the bill provides about two months for lawmakers "to work towards a long-term budget agree- ment that prevents these frequent crises." The prior day, House Speaker Boehner had said that House leadership would introduce its own bill, a move that drew a harsh reaction from Senate leaders. But Boehner quickly abandoned the plan when it became clear he would not get enough support to pass the proposal. Relieved Senate leaders then finished work on the bipartisan bill. "After yesterday's events, the majority leader and I began a series of conver- sations about a way to get the govern- ment re-opened and prevent default," McConnell said, in reference to the failed House effort. More battles ahead But McConnell also said Republicans would not abandon their fight against the Affordable Care Act or consider a repeal of the belt-tightening measures contained in the Budget Control Act, which resulted in the current sequester. "Crucially, I'm also confident that we'll be able to announce that we're protect- ing the government spending reduc- tions that both parties agreed to under the Budget Control Act, and that the president signed into law," McConnell said. "And we're not going back on this agreement." "Throughout this debate, the public has been rightly focused on Obamacare," McConnell added. "This law is ravaging our economy, killing jobs, driving up premiums, and driving people off the health care plans they have and like, in droves ... and Republicans remain deter- mined to repeal this terrible law. "But for today, the relief we hope for is to reopen the government, avoid default, and protect the historic cuts we achieved under the BCA," he said. "This is far less continued from page 1 Don’t miss our discussion of weekly news topics. Discuss these stories and more with your fellow federal workers at www.FederalSoup.com. continued on page 4 than many of us had hoped for. But it's far better than what some had sought." By Wednesday afternoon, House Speaker Boehner had announced he would not block a House vote on the bill. "The House has fought with every- thing it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in biparti- san negotiations aimed at addressing our country's debt and providing fairness for the American people under Obamacare," He said in a statement. "That fight will continue. But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us. "In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts," he said Boehner also said Republicans would continue their fight against the health care law. "We will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law's massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people," he said. See McConnell's statement at: www. mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index. cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentReco rd_id=01070044-1bc3-4cd0-a0b8- 89271864a70d; and Reid's at: www.reid. senate.gov/reid_remarks_on_historic_ bipartisan_agreement_to_reopen_the_ government_prevent_default.cfm. APWU president-elect looks to activist role This week and next, FEND's Nathan Abse interviews the incoming presi- dent of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein, who recently won the position, defeating incumbent President Cliff Guffey in a union election. Dimondstein assumes the slot in early November. This week's installment focuses on Dimondstein's plan to ramp up activ- ism at the organization, which represents more than 220,000 U.S. Postal Service employees and retirees, and nearly 2,000 private-sector mail workers. Q&A with American Postal Workers Union President-Elect Mark Dimondstein What does your election over the incumbent mean to your members, and to the public? Dimondstein: I think it means our members wanted a new direction in our union. They wanted a more activist approach in how to save our national treasure---the U.S. Postal Service. And a new approach in how to better protect our jobs and our union. As incoming union president, what will be the first steps that you think you need to take to accomplish your goals? Dimondstein: We are looking to build a grand alliance with our many allies. Whether we are talking about senior citizen or retiree organizations, or civil rights organizations, or veterans organi- zations, business organizations, or with others, the Postal Service belongs the people---and it's there to serve them. We are bringing in these organizations. This has not been done yet. And based on this grand alliance, we will be able to get Congress to act in a much stron- ger way to defend the post office---to back away from efforts to dismantle it or to diminish services. And to back away from---and this is currently a very
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