The US Sequester Cuts
By Alexander Fangmann, 9 February 2015
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will argue before the state Supreme Court that Illinois is entitled to use its “police powers” to overturn the state constitution.
By John Marion, 9 February 2015
The recent spate of snowstorms in the Boston area have laid bare the effects of years of inadequate funding for public transportation in Boston.
By Eric London, 25 September 2013
Sequester cuts imposed by Democrats and Republicans will force children out of pre-school, reduce disease research, and slash funding for Native American services.
By Thomas Gaist, 27 August 2013
Federal spending on housing aid will be cut by more than $2 billion in 2013 alone as a result of the so-called sequester budget cuts that began July 1.
By Nick Barrickman, 4 July 2013
In the wake of the tragic deaths of 19 firefighters Sunday in Arizona, the wildfire, nicknamed Yarnell Hill, remains uncontrolled.
By Andre Damon, 31 May 2013
About 750,000 civilian Defense Department employees began receiving furlough notices Tuesday and will take up to 11 unpaid furlough days starting July 8, amounting to a 20 percent pay cut.
By David Brown, 25 May 2013
The IRS, EPA, and Department of Housing and Urban Development all closed on Friday, sending employees home on unpaid furloughs as part of the sequester cuts.
By Naomi Spencer, 16 May 2013
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday announced plans to impose 11 days of unpaid leave for most of the Pentagon’s 800,000 civilian employees beginning in July.
By Aleksandr Kascak, 10 May 2013
Minnesota faces approximately $85 million in cuts from the sequestration order signed by President Obama, affecting education, public health, childcare, and environmental protection.
By E.P. Bannon, 22 April 2013
In addition to unprecedented cuts in Social Security and Medicare, the White House budget targets the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the electrification project created under the New Deal, for sale to private energy firms.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 April 2013
The budget released by the Obama administration on Wednesday marks a significant escalation of the assault on Social Security and Medicare, the most important federal retirement and health care programs in the United States.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 April 2013
A rally called by the American Association of Cancer Research is an initial expression of the mass opposition to the sequester cuts.
By Kate Randall, 6 April 2013
The new Obama budget will cut hundreds of billions of dollars from vital programs on which millions of retired and disabled people depend.
By Kate Randall, 5 April 2013
Medicare patients are being told to seek cancer treatment at hospitals, where it will be more expensive and accessibility is not assured.
By Andre Damon, 1 April 2013
Following the imposition of $1.2 trillion in sequester spending cuts, Obama and the Republicans are turning their attention to slashing and ultimately dismantling Medicare, the government health insurance program for the elderly in the United States.
By Andre Damon, 27 March 2013
The Democrats’ passage of a bill that makes the US sequester cuts permanent this year underscores their support for slashing social spending.
By Andre Damon, 13 March 2013
Less than two weeks after the start of $1.2 trillion in budget cuts, President Obama has pressed Democrats to agree to far deeper cuts in social programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.
By Andre Damon, 8 March 2013
President Barack Obama has initiated what commentators called a “charm offensive,” including dinner with Paul Ryan, aimed at a “Grand Bargain” with the Republicans.
By Andre Damon, 6 March 2013
As Democrats and Republicans move to make $1.2 trillion in sequester cuts permanent, Wall Street is clamoring for more cutbacks.
Obama signals cuts to remain in place
By Barry Grey, 4 March 2013
Obama and the Democrats continue to pose as opponents of the sequester cuts even as they maneuver with the Republicans to make them permanent.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 2 March 2013
The across-the-board cuts in health care, housing, education, public transit, jobless benefits, nutrition assistance and other vital services establish a new base line for even deeper cuts to come.
By Andre Damon, 27 February 2013
The unstated agenda is to deliberately create a crisis atmosphere in order to claim that the only way out is an assault on the basic social “entitlement” programs.
By Andre Damon, 25 February 2013
Whatever the outcome of the political theatrics in advance of the March 1 deadline, the sequester crisis marks a new stage in the ruling class assault on the social conditions of working people in America.