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Sequestration Continues to Threaten Education Funding

Sequestration Continues to Threaten Education Funding

At the end of last year, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act, H.R. 8, to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff,” while also delaying sequestration until March 1, 2013, and adjusting tax policy and rates to raise approximately $620 billion toward deficit reduction over 10 years. Because Congress was unable to reach an agreement to reduce the federal deficit, [...]

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Submit Your Letter Today To Stop Sequestration!

Submit Your Letter Today To Stop Sequestration!

Unless Congress takes immediate action, funding for education could be slashed by $3 billion on March 1st. This would be the largest cut to education in our nation’s history, and could result in millions of dollars of lost revenue for your local school district. Use our sample letter and simple tool to create and submit a letter to the editor [...]

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Tell Congress to End Sequestration Now!

Tell Congress to End Sequestration Now!

Unless Congress takes immediate action, funding for education could be slashed by $2.6 billion on March 1st. This would be the largest cuts to education in our nation’s history, and could result in millions of dollars of lost revenue for your local school district.

Tell your member(s) of Congress that this is unacceptable today!

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Trumka: Fiscal Cliff Settlement Good, But Inadequate

The settlement of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” which Congress hammered out on Jan. 1 was good but inadequate, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says. He was one of several union leaders with that view.

And Steelworkers President Leo Gerard added the settlement shows the GOP still trashes the middle class, since most House Republicans opposed the deal.

Trumka gave his judgment after the GOP-run House voted 257-167 to keep income tax rates the same for anyone earning less than $400,000 yearly in salary — $450,000 for couples – as part of a package to avoid the cliff. Most of the votes came from Democrats. Gerard aired his comments in late December, during the wrangling.

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With ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Looming, Unions Keep Pressure on Lawmakers

With the so-called “fiscal cliff” looming on Jan. 1, unions kept pressure on lawmakers to preserve Social Security and Medicare, key government programs and to extend jobless benefits while raising taxes on the rich.

But whether lawmakers were listening was up for question. The GOP-run House refused to budge from its pro-corporate stand, leaving the Democratic-run Senate – hamstrung by the usual GOP filibuster threats – to thrash out a compromise.

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AFSA Signs On To Letter Asking Congress Members To Put Children First

AFSA has signed on to Senator Mikulski’s letter asking Speaker Bohener, Senator Reid, Senator McConnell, and Representative Pelosi to put children before their differences and come together to avoid the impending “fiscal cliff.”

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AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka’s Statement on Obama’s Budget Proposal

The budget proposal President Obama offered to Republicans yesterday keeps faith with the voters in last month’s election, who overwhelmingly opposed tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans and benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.

The ball is now in the Republicans’ court. Unfortunately, Republicans do not seem to have learned the lessons from their shellacking at the polls in November. They are still insisting on the very things voters rejected so resoundingly: tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% and benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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The Time To Act Against Sequestration Is Now!

With sequestration, indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts of 8.4 percent will affect programs that support:
• Education;
• Job training;
• Public health, medical and scientific research;
• Public safety and law enforcement;
• Housing and social services;
• Infrastructure and more.

It’s time to let lawmakers know that balancing the budget requires a balanced approach—not cutting essential jobs and services alone.

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AFSA Signs On to NDD Letter Speaking Out Against Potential Sequestration Cuts

AFSA is proud to be one of nearly 3,000 signatures from national, state, and local groups to sign on to a Nondefense Discretionary (NDD) letter sent to all congressional offices and media outlets speaking out against the negative impact that sequestration cuts would have on our country’s well-being.

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