sequestration

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A bipartisan budget deal won final approval in the Congress last week. It averts the threat of another government shutdown and eases the impact of the across-the-board  spending cuts known as sequestration.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jo Comerford, executive director of the National Priorities Project about what the budget deal means.

The Massachusetts economy took a significant hit because of the federal budget cuts known as sequestration.  A study released this week estimated the impact the $1 trillion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts had in the Bay State.

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On Wednesday, New York Congressman Chris Gibson was at The Business Council of New York State office in Albany, where he received the Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizing his pro-business, voting record as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ron Eidshaug,  vice president of Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, presented the award.

Gibson said he appreciates the support of the Chamber and the Business Council... The Kinderhook-based Republican elected in 2010 explained his No. 1 priority is growing the economy.

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Just three weeks after being sworn in as the new U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Democrat Edward Markey began a series of public events around the state today. His first stop was in Northampton.

Markey, who was criticized for a light schedule of public appearances during the special election campaign, said he plans to visit every part of the state during the August Congressional recess to learn about local issues and what Washington can do to help.

    Sequestration’s effects are being felt in our backyard.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that West Point furloughs never should have happened.

  The sequester has led to cuts across the country.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his district’s military presence makes the cuts even worse.

    The sequester has led to cuts and furloughs across the land.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the across-the-board cuts were a bad idea to begin with.

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Furloughs of civilian workers for the U.S. Department of Defense begin today.  The mandatory days off without pay were ordered by the Secretary of Defense as a result of the across the board federal budget cuts known as sequestration.  About 700 employees at the Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts are affected.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the public affairs officer for the 439th  Airlift Wing  Air Force Master Sergeant Andrew Biscoe.

  The sequester has been the law of the land since March.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the budget cuts are not to his liking.

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Sequestration cuts continue taking their toll - U.S. Representative Paul Tonko says Congress is ready to bargain.

Sequester cuts are affecting everything from "Meals on Wheels" programs to cancer clinics being forced to turn Medicare patients away due to the high cost of chemotherapy.

Is sequestration any closer to resolution?

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