How the Sequester Will Hurt Shipbuilders


Unless Congress takes action soon, our economy will be hit with harmful automatic cuts (known as the sequester) over the next few weeks that threaten hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs. These cuts have already forced the Navy to cancel deployment and delay repair of certain aircraft carriers, and postpone building on additional vessels.

Speaking at Newport News Shipbuilding in Viginia yesterday, President Obama called on Congress to prevent these arbitrary cuts with balanced deficit reduction.

Find out what these cuts mean for businesses like Newport News Shipbuilding.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to highlight the devastating impact the sequester will have on jobs and middle class families, at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Feb. 26, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks to highlight the devastating impact the sequester will have on jobs and middle class families, at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Feb. 26, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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BREAKING: Shell abandons 2013 Arctic Drilling!


greenpeaceJust a few hours ago, Shell announced that it is giving up on its plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic in 2013.

That means no drilIing in the pristine waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas this year. It’s amazing news. Not just for the Arctic, but for the environment. And your support made it possible.

I’m so inspired right now. The fight isn’t over though. We’ll be working in the days, weeks and months ahead to make sure that the good news doesn’t stop here by urging President Obama to make the Arctic off limits to industrial exploitation, forever.

But for the moment it’s all about enjoying what we’ve accomplished together. Thank you so much for all the work you have done to protect the Arctic.

Sincerely,

Philip Radford
Greenpeace Executive Director

This is it


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Congress Needs to Stop Drastic Budget Cuts and Protect Critical Investments in Our Nation’s Future
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This is it!
Starting this Friday, draconian federal budget cuts (a.k.a. “sequestration”) are set to go into effect. These cuts mean that fewer low-income women and children will receive the supports they need from programs like Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant as well as education, family planning, job training programs, and more. And thousands of teachers, nurses, counselors and others who provide these services will lose their jobs.
These cuts would be devastating. But Congress can stop them. That’s why we need your help to push back and push back hard.
Take Action: Tell your Members of Congress to STOP “SEQUESTRATION.” Tell them to protect critical investments in our families and our future — and make the richest two percent and big corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
Need a reality check? Here’s what we are looking at if the budget cuts go into effect:

  • 70,000 children losing places in Head Start and Early Head Start
  • 30,000 children losing child care assistance
  • 600,000 children and mothers losing nutritious food and other services to keep them healthy
  • 5,000,000 fewer low-income families receiving prenatal health care and other services that help decrease infant mortality and improve maternal health
  • 112,190 fewer victims of domestic violence receiving services
  • 750,000 Americans losing their jobs

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Many more programs that women and families depend on would be cut, including food safety inspections and research into life-saving medical treatments. These are not just statistics — they represent real people whose lives that will suffer because of these cuts.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Congress can stop these senseless cuts — and replace them with a balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes raising revenues by closing tax loopholes and helping our economy grow by making smart investments in our future.
Can you help us flood the inboxes of your Members of Congress? They need to know that you expect them to stop the cuts to vital services!
Thanks for all your help!
Sincerely,

Joan Entmacher Joan Entmacher Vice President, Family Economic Security National Women’s Law Center    Helen Blank Helen Blank Director of Child Care and Early Learning National Women’s Law Center    

P.S. Are you looking for state-by-state information on the impact of the sequester? You’re in luck! Check out the newly released data from the Obama Administration.
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H.J. Res. 118 & S.388


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from: the Congressional Budget Office

H.J. Res. 118, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of Family Assistance of the Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health

On September 17, 2012, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for House Joint Resolution 118. In response to Congressional questions we are providing the following additional explanation of the basis of that cost estimate.

S. 388, the American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013

As introduced in the Senate on February 26, 2013

S. 388 would eliminate the automatic spending reductions scheduled to occur under current law for 2013 and would partially eliminate the reductions scheduled for 2014. The bill also would eliminate direct payments to certain agricultural producers, provide funding for agricultural disaster assistance, and exempt from sequestration all mandatory funding provided for the Department of Agriculture.

CONGRESS: Republicans … the Sequester, VAWA, PayCheck fairness and Immigration : Democrats


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The Senate stands in adjournment until 10:00am on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Senator McConnell obtained consent that the Inhofe-Toomey bill at the desk be considered as the bill that qualifies for introduction under the previous order. He then moved to proceed to S.16, Sequester replacement, and filed cloture on the motion.

The Senate then reached an agreement that results in 2 stacked roll call votes in relation to the sequester replacement bills at a time to be determined tomorrow. We expect the votes to occur after 2pm, but as always, another message will be sent once a time has been set.

The votes would be in relation to the following items:

–          Motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell motion to proceed to Calendar #19, S.16, a bill to proceed for sequester replacement.

–          Motion to invoke cloture on the Reid motion to proceed to Calendar 18, S.388, the American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013

The details of the agreement are as follows.

On Thursday, February 28th, at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader after consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will proceed to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell motion to proceed to Calendar #19, S.16. If cloture is not invoked, the motion to proceed would be withdrawn and the Senate would then proceed to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Reid motion to proceed to Calendar #18, S.388. Further, if cloture is invoked on the McConnell motion to proceed, the motion to proceed would be agreed to and the Senate would resume consideration of the Reid motion to proceed to S.388 and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Reid motion. If cloture is invoked on the Reid motion, the motion to proceed would be agreed to. If the motion to proceed to S.16 was previously agreed to, the Senate would then resume consideration of the bill and upon disposition of S.16, the Senate resume consideration of S.388 if the motion to proceed was previously agreed to.

Senate
Floor Schedule for Thursday, February 28, 2013
   10amET

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business for one hour with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Majority controlling the final half.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.388, the American Family Economic Protection Act.
  • At a time to be determined on Thursday, the Senate will conduct 2 roll call votes on the following items in the following order:
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell motion to proceed to S.16, to provide for a sequester replacement, and
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the Reid motion to proceed to S.388, the American Family Economic Protection Act.
  • Senators will be notified when those votes are scheduled.

This morning Senator Ayotte asked unanimous consent that the Senate vote on the motion to proceed to her alternative sequester bill, which is at the desk.

Senator Reid countered by asking that the Senate proceed to vote on passage of the Inhofe bill (S.16), the Ayotte-McCain-Graham bill, which is at the desk; and the Mikulski-Murray-Reid bill (S.388),all relating to sequester replacement; and that each vote be subject to majority vote thresholds.

Senator McConnell declined Senator Reid’s offer to have majority votes on the three bills. Senator Reid objected to the Ayotte request.

The Senate has reached an agreement that results in a series of 2 roll call votes at 2:30pm today. Under the agreement, it is in order for the Republican Leader to move to proceed to S.16. The time until 2:30 is equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.

The 2:30pm roll call votes will be on the following motions:

– Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.16, sequester replacement.

– Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.388, American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013, and

Senator Hatch asked unanimous consent that following the two cloture votes today, it be in order for him to make a motion to commit S.388, American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013, to the Finance Committee, the text of which is at the desk, and the Senate proceed to vote immediately on the motion without intervening action or debate.

The Hatch language would strip tax provisions from the bill.

Senator Baucus objected.

2:32 The Senate began a roll call vote on McConnell motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.16, a bill for sequester replacement;

Not Invoked: 38-62

2:57pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.388, American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013;

Not Invoked: 51-49 (Senator Reid entered motion to reconsider failed vote)

Cloture on the McConnell motion to proceed to S.16, a bill to provide for sequestration replacement (Inhofe bill), was not invoked by a roll call vote of 38-62.

Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.388, American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013 (Mikulski-Murray-Reid bill), was not invoked by a roll call vote of 51-49.

Senator Reid changed his vote to no and then entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on his motion.

The Senate is now in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. There will be no further roll call votes during today’s session of the Senate.

Senators should expect the next vote to occur around 5:30pm on Monday in relation to a judicial nomination.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1) Motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell motion to proceed to S.16, to provide for a sequester replacement; Not Invoked: 38-62

2) Motion to invoke cloture on the Reid motion to proceed to S.388, the American Family Economic Protection Act; Not Invoked: 51-49

No LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

No EXECUTIVE ITEMS

At 5:00pm on Monday, March 4 the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #15 and #16.

There will be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form prior to votes on confirmation of the nominations.

At approximately 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the following nominations:

Executive Calendar #15, the nomination of Pamela Ki Mai Chen, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York; and

Executive Calendar #16, the nomination of Katherine Polk Failla, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

We expect to voice vote the Chen nomination and conduct a roll call vote on the Failla nomination.

On Tuesday, March 5th, at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #20, S.Res.64, a resolution authorizing expenditures by committees of the Senate for the period March 1, 2013, through September 30, 2013.

The only amendment in order to the resolution is a Paul amendment striking provisions relative to the National Security Working Group. There will be up to 30 minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form on the Paul amendment. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to vote on the Paul amendment. Upon disposition of the Paul amendment, the Senate will proceed to vote on adoption of the resolution, as amended, if amended.

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