WASHINGTON – President Obama’s proposed 2014 federal budget includes an additional $100 million for the Department of Labor to spend on programs to better serve veterans and returning serving members seeking jobs.
With Castle Point and Montrose VA hospitals and their outpatient clinics in the Mid-Hudson Valley and nine job centers also located in the region, if approved, the additional funding would provide for more federal services for those job seekers, Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris told MidHudsonNews.com on Tuesday.
I travel a lot for work. It’s the rare week when I’m not on the road or in the air to attend a conference, give a talk at some symposium, or serve on some panel or commission. In fact, if you’re listening to this commentary as it airs on the radio, I am likely on a plane cruising at 32,000 feet somewhere between Albany and Washington, DC. Given this grueling travel schedule, I was less than thrilled to hear that the federal budget sequester would affect air travel across the US.
Americans are starting to feel the bite of the federal sequestration. Sequestration is the term referring to the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts in the federal government’s domestic and military budgets. Sequestration went into effect last month when Congress was unable to agree on an alternative.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, Cold Spring) asked President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to reduce the impact of sequestration on civilian employees.
The lawmaker’s request came in a letter to both officials in support of legislation to give more flexibility to the Pentagon on sequestration cuts and to shift more than $10 billion into Pentagon operations and maintenance accounts.
ALBANY – Sequester-related cuts are apparently going to suspend tuition assistance for military personnel so Assemblyman Kiernan Michael Lalor (R- Fishkill) and Senator Gregory Ball (R- Patterson) Monday announced they will propose tuition reductions for those attending SUNY and CUNY schools.
Lalor said the measure, which has wide spread support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, is the right thing to do.