Sequester Watch

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, where he vehemently rebuked conservative groups who oppose the pending bipartisan budget compromise struck by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 14, 2014 | Blog

Negotiators reportedly settled on cutting funding for financial watchdogs after giving up on further cuts for food stamps. Continue reading

Miners and a Hopkins County sheriff's deputy, right, guard the entrance to the Webster County Coal Dotiki Mine in Nebo, Ky.. One miner died and another was missing after a roof collapse at an underground coal mine with a long history of safety problems, officials said.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
January 8, 2014 | Blog

The federal agency responsible for worker safety can afford to visit a workplace only every ninety-nine years, on average. Continue reading

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December 4, 2013 | Blog

With Congress poised to pull a lifeline from 1.3 million Americans, a study shows that the common justification is wrong. Continue reading

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December 4, 2013 | Blog

We’re still living with those $80 billion across-the-board cuts from the sequester, and now they’re at it again. Continue reading

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November 12, 2013 | Blog

Universities say the automatic federal budget cuts that began last March have directly affected their research activities, leading to layoffs. Continue reading

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November 11, 2013 | Blog

We have a rich tradition of lauding our veterans while turning our backs on their real-world problems. Continue reading

Caseworker Cheryl Boone helps a client with paperwork during a therapy session at the Johnson County Mental Health Center Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Shawnee, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
October 21, 2013 | Blog

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently released a startling report showing a 30 percent increase in suicides from 2011. Continue reading

Pedestrians walk in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington, Friday, June 21, 2013. The number of military suicides is nearly double that of a decade ago when the U.S. was just a year into the Afghan war and hadnít yet invaded Iraq. While the pace is down slightly this year, it remains worryingly high. The U.S. military and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acknowledge the grave difficulties facing active-duty and former members of the armed services who have been caught up in the more-than decade-long American involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
August 29, 2013 | Blog

Automatic spending cuts mean less medical care for veterans, yet Congress continues to appropriate funds for outdated and needlessly expensive weapons. Continue reading

After final vote were cast, members of Congress walk down the steps of the House of Representatives as they leave for a five-week recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. With few accomplishments in the divided 113th Congress, the next big battle is over the budget, the nation's debt limit and the possibility of at least a partial government shutdown.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 17, 2013 | Blog

National Priorities’ Mattea Kramer provides an update – in handy cheat-sheet format – of what’s happening with the federal budget when Congress reconvenes in September. Continue reading

After final vote were cast, members of Congress walk down the steps of the House of Representatives as they leave for a five-week recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. With few accomplishments in the divided 113th Congress, the next big battle is over the budget, the nation's debt limit and the possibility of at least a partial government shutdown.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 6, 2013 | Blog

Sequestration mandates made housing less affordable than ever. Congressional inaction will keep it that way.

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Mapping the sequester
July 17, 2013 | Blog

Our interactive map of nationwide news shows how much sequester-related cuts to low-income housing programs are hurting the poor. Continue reading

Marty Robertson unpacks food from the Chagrin Falls Meals on Wheels program for recipient Bernadette Winko, 90, in her Bentleyville, Ohio home on Wednesday,  March 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
July 2, 2013 | Blog

See how the sequester cuts are hurting programs that fight hunger in America and around the world. Continue reading

Social worker Roberta Marzano with Caring People Alliance speaks with seniors at the Fels South Philadelphia Community Center in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. In light of Pennsylvania's six-week-old budget stalemate, Arlene Bell, the president and CEO of Caring People Alliance told her several hundred employees that this Friday's payroll would be slashed by more than half to keep the 77-year-old nonprofit's doors open to the children and elderly it serves. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
June 22, 2013 | Blog

Because of sequestration, millions of dollars will be cut from the Great Society-era Older Americans Act during a time when our seniors can least afford it. Continue reading

The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program has been serving the people and communities of southeast Kansas for over 40 years.
June 13, 2013 | Blog

Greg Kaufmann checks in on a small Kansas town that lost its only Head Start program, illustrating how sequester cuts often hit rural areas hardest. Continue reading

Teacher Sarah Morse, center, helps during lunch at the Eastham Community Center Claskamas County Children's Commission Head Start in Oregon City, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
June 5, 2013 | Blog

Greg Kaufmann talks to a Head Start director in Washington State to find out how the sequester is affecting programs that are already underfunded. Continue reading

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