federal budget

BLOCK AUTHORS RESOLUTION TO PROTECT SAN DIEGO JOBS AND OPPOSE AUTOMATIC MILITARY CUTS TO REGION; REDUCTIONS A ‘BODY BLOW’ TO ECONOMY

 
August 14, 2012 (Sacramento) —Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) today introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 46 urging the President and Congress to adopt an alternative spending plan to sequestration – automatic federal budget cuts of $1.2 trillion over 10 years scheduled to begin January 2013 because Congress has not achieved its budget targets.           
 
“This measure is a plea to Congress for reason before it places the federal budget on automatic pilot, causing additional economic uncertainty and job loss in the San Diego region and across the nation,” Block said. “Congress would strike another body blow to our economic recovery if it allows sequestration to occur.”

BUDGET “SUPER COMMITTEE” IN CONGRESS DEADLOCKS AS DEADLINE LOOMS

 

Members seek deep cuts in Social Security and Medicare, refuse to consider new revenue options

By Jeremy Los

 

November 3, 2011 (Washington D.C.– Deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are all on the table as the newly minted “budget super committee” in Congress works to slash trillions of dollars from the nation’s soaring debt.

LOCAL RESIDENTS TRY BALANCING FEDERAL BUDGET AT WORKSHOP SPONSORED BY SUSAN DAVIS


By Miriam Raftery
 

July 22, 2011 (San Diego) –Just how tough is it to balance the federal budget? While Congress wrestles with the issue on Capitol Hill, a roomful of ordinary citizens got the chance to find out on Tuesday, when Congresswoman Susan Davis’ office sponsored a workshop at San Diego State University to get constituents’ inputs on budgetary priorities.

 

I planned to go as a neutral observer. But since our table was short one participant, i found myself recruited for a lively and enlightening session. Creative minds proved adept at thinking outside the box—challenging conventional wisdoms, expanding the choices presented for cutting costs and raising revenues, plus citizens came up with some innovative ideas of their own.

INTERACTIVE PUBLIC MEETING ON THE FEDERAL BUDGET TUESDAY JULY 19

 


 
 
July 10, 2011 (San Diego) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will hold an event on balancing the federal budget,  and the debate  raging in Washington on where and how to cut spending.  Davis is encouraging constituents to attend this meeting which is free to the public.
 
During the meetingConstituents are invited to share their views with Davis about priorities and challenges in the federal budget. Davis will be joined by an expert from the Concord Coalition, a national non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public about federal budget deficits and ways to spur economic growth. 
 

 

 

GOOD MONEY: MARKET SHRUGS OFF BUDGET BAND-AID

 

a column written for the East County Magazine

 

“Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing”

 

By Judith L. Seid, CFP ®
President, Blue Summit Wealth Management

April 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--The market has not reacted much to the budget agreement that finally came late Friday night. This void of impact is due largely to the fact that the “budget fight is not over” but also because several other factors threaten to have an even greater impact on the overall market. We’ll brief you on them in chronological order…

PRESIDENT INTRODUCES DEBT REDUCTION PROPOSAL, VOWS TO DEFEND MEDICARE AGAINST REPUBLICANS' PRIVATIZATION PLAN

By Jeremy Los

I do not want the government to shut-down, but the bottom line is Washington needs to get its finances in order. Out of every dollar the United States government spends, 40 cents is borrowed. This is unsustainable.” -- Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-San Diego)

 

“Republicans are trying to ram through a disgraceful budget that would destroy Medicare, drive an entire generation of seniors into poverty, but give the wealthiest Americans even more tax cuts. It’s shameful. It’s immoral.” --Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York).

 

April 15, 2011-(Washington D.C.)-- President Barack Obama laid out his fiscal agenda in a speech Wednesday, announcing plans to cut our massive national debt while pledging to preserve Medicare, a program credited with lifting millions of seniors out of poverty. View his speech.

 

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AVERTED AS LAWMAKERS COMPROMISE ON 2011 BUDGET


Compromise budget includes large cuts to health and nutrition programs for low-income Americans, public broadcasting, Planned Parenthood services, high-speed rail, and air pollution controls

 

By Jeremy Los

April 13, 2011- A government shut down was averted in the 11th hour as House Republicans were able to reach agreement Friday with President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats about a budget for the next six months. 

 

The compromise will look to cut federal spending by some $38 billion dollars this year. The budget itself has yet to be completely passed, however, as Friday’s last minute deal simply provided a stopgap, allowing for a continued flow of federal funding through this Thursday. Update April 15, 2011 - Congress approved the stopgap budget yesterday for funding through year's end.

GOVERNMENT SHUT-DOWN LOOMS OVER FEDERAL BUDGET IMPASSE

By Miriam Raftery

April 8, 2011 – Today is the deadline for Congress to approve a budget, or have the government shut down. But leaders in both major political parties say they are at an impasse. According to today’s Washington Post, “They can’t even agree on what they are disagreeing over.”

 

What are the issues, and how might you be impacted? 

 

AARP: PROPOSED REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD UPEND VITAL PROGRAMS AND SHIFT COSTS TO OLDER AMERICANS

 

Calls for bipartisan effort needed to strengthen Social Security


April 5, 2011 (Washington D.C.)—The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) today issued sharp criticism of the budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and backed by House Republicans.

Nancy A. LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP, said the Republican proposal to reduce the deficit “lacks balance and would result in a large cost shift to current and future retirees. The Chairman’s proposal, rather than tackling skyrocketing health care costs, would simply shift these costs onto the backs of people in Medicare,” she warned. “It would undermine Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage—a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work.”

“DEFENDING THE DREAM” RALLY IN SAN DIEGO TUES. 6 PM

 

By Jeremy Los

 

March 15, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego will be the scene for one of many national rallies being held Tuesday night in reaction to deep budget cuts in California, Wisconsin, Washington and across the nation. Inspired by protests in Wisconsin, America's heartland, over gutting collective bargaining rights for workers, organizers say such cuts are destroying the American dream.

 

Entitled “Defending the Dream,” the rally will take place at County Administration Building,1600 Pacific Highway in San Diego at 6 p.m.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN? NO PAY FOR CONGRESS & PRESIDENT UNDER BOXER BILL

March 11, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The Senate has passed S.388, a bill coauthored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Bob Casey (D-PA). The bill would prohibit Congress or the President from getting paid in case of a federal shutdown by the federal government.

“I am hopeful that this bill will help convince our colleagues to work together to prevent a government shutdown, and I urge the House of Representatives to quickly pass it and send it to the President,” said Senator Boxer.