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October 16th, 2013

 

"Comrade, if you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear." Ascribed to Lavrenti Beria, chief of the NKVD

Congressional Record Latest Daily Digest for Monday, October 14, 2013

October 16th, 2013

 

Congressional Record Latest Daily Digest for Monday, October 14, 2013

Latest update was Monday, October 14, 2013

 

CBO’s Publications – Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014

October 16th, 2013

 

Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014

cost estimate

As introduced in the Senate on October 16, 2013, as an amendment to H.R. 2775

 

CBPP: Robert Greenstein on the Agreement to Reopen the Government and Avert Default

October 16th, 2013

 

October 16, 2013

"The budget agreement that Senate leaders announced today marks an important victory for the principle that shutting down the government and threatening national default aren’t acceptable ways for either party to pursue policy concessions and should always be rejected.  Congress should approve the agreement without delay, and President Obama should sign it.

"Fortunately, those who helped engineer the shutdown and threatened a default failed to achieve their policy goals, and their approach met strong public disapproval.  Had they won concessions, the tactics of shutting down the government and threatening default could have become standard features of the budget process, weakening our political system and creating damaging and unnecessary uncertainty for the economy.

"In the budget negotiations that the President and Congress have agreed to begin, they should pursue measures that promote a stronger economic recovery, improve the nation’s fiscal situation over the medium and long term, and do not increase poverty or inequality.

"Those negotiations hold both promise and risk.  The ill-timed sequestration cuts are slowing economic growth, worsening unemployment, and harming broadly supported public services.  That argues for replacing sequestration with a more balanced deficit-reduction package.  Some policymakers, however, may seek to replace sequestration with even more harmful cuts, including ones targeted on vulnerable Americans, or push for revenue-neutral tax reform, which would ignore the need for additional revenue to do its part in helping to address long-term deficits.

"A sound package that puts us on a more sustainable fiscal path, bolsters the economic recovery, and protects vulnerable Americans is possible.  Policymakers should strive for it.  At the same time, with near-term deficits on a downward trajectory, they should turn aside deals that do not meet these basic tests.  We hope that policymakers can bring some of the statesmanship that ultimately helped produce today’s deal to the coming negotiations and produce a broader agreement that’s sound in terms of both its immediate effects and its longer-term impacts."

View this full statement:
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=4033
http://www.cbpp.org/files/10-16-13bud-stmt.pdf 1pp.

 

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IPA: Solving Actual Problems – Gerald Epstein

October 16th, 2013

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

GERALD EPSTEIN, gepstein@econs.umass.edu

    Professor of economics and a founding co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Epstein said today: "In a sense, this is kicking the can down the road, but it keeps the sequester in play. Noteworthy that the Democrats can stand firm and prevent a kind of blackmail and somewhat responsible people have not lost a total grip on the Congress, but there’s no attempt to solve any of the actual problems: high unemployment, cutbacks in key government services, global warning and so on."

FROM: the Institute for Public Accuracy

 

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Congressional Notification for Authorized Public Disclosure of Intelligence Information

October 16th, 2013

 

October 16, 2013

Steven Aftergood/Secrecy News: “A new Department of Defense directive requires the Pentagon to notify Congress whenever a DoD official discloses classified intelligence to a reporter on an authorized basis, or declassifies the information specifically for release to the press. The new directive on “Congressional Notification for Authorized Public Disclosure of Intelligence Information” applies to all components of the Department of Defense.   It was issued last week — despite the government shutdown — in response to a provision in the FY2013 Intelligence Authorization Act (section 504) that was passed by Congress last year as part of an effort to stem leaks of classified information.”