It’s showtime for Congress, the White House and members of the federal family. Odds are, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, you are not going to like what you see and hear for the next couple of weeks.
A new bill would protect military pay even if the government defaults because Congress doesn’t authorize an increase to the government’s debt ceiling. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who co-sponsored the Payment Reliability for our Obligations to Military and Investors to Secure Essential Stability, or PROMISES Act, discussed the bill with Federal News Radio.
The two largest federal unions are urging feds to stand up against proposed cuts to federal pay and retirement by calling Congressional leaders and rallying in New York. Last week, 21 federal unions sent a letter to Treasury and OMB demanding to know what would happen to federal employees should Congress and the White House fail to raise the debt ceiling but got no response.
How can you keep your employees from pulling out their hair during the debt debate? Advice from John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service.
Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the director of the Fiscal Policy Program at the New America Foundation, told Federal News Radio why a ”grand bargain” on the debt ceiling debate should happen sooner rather than later.
A coalition of 21 groups representing five-million federal employees and retirees wrote a letter to OMB and Treasury asking for information about what happens to federal workers if the debt ceiling isn’t raised. NTEU is planning a rally in New York to oppose proposed cuts to federal employees pay and benefits.
Will you still receive a social security check if the government doesn’t raise the debt ceiling? You won’t be getting an answer from the Social Security Administration.
Which of the following items are NOT at stake in the current White House-Congressional debt limit dance: pay raises, your insurance premiums, the health of your brand-new puppy or future raises for federal and Social Security retirees? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it’s both serious and confusing and, maybe down the road, amusing too.
Get the latest update on the contentious debt ceiling debate between lawmakers and the White House from The Hill staff writer Alexander Bolton.
Obama challenged Republicans to make the necessary compromises.