English: Official photo of Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration will hurt everything from the local barbershop to the largest manufacturers in Northeast Pennsylvania, said members of a panel at Sen. Bob Casey’s office Friday in downtown Scranton.
With no deal between Congress and the White House in sight and just hours before sequestration kicked in at midnight, the Democratic senator and a cross-section of local civic leaders struck a dire tone.
“We don’t have a full sense of what will happen,” Mr. Casey said. ”If this goes a day or week, it will have an impact. If it goes six months, the effect will be devastating.”
As the furloughs and cuts begin, sequestration will have an immediate impact not just on the government employees, but on contractors, and the communities where they live and spend.
A majority of Pennsylvanians back the gun control measures endorsed by the White House, and nearly as many support the National Rifle Association proposal to put armed guards in schools.
On pocketbook matters, angst is growing. A majority have a negative view of Pennsylvania’s economy, and satisfaction with family income fell 10 percentage points from last year, according to The Morning Call/Muhlenberg College 2013 Pennsylvania Quality of Life survey.
Geist used to consider himself middle class, but he was laid off when his company outsourced and had to settle for another manufacturing job earning substantially less. It was the second time in his life he’d lost his job through no fault of his own.
English: President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of the United States Congress in the chamber of the House of Representatives at the United States Capitol on 24 February 2009. Español: Presidente Barack Obama dando un discurose por una sesión conjunta del Congreso de los Estados Unidos en la cámara de la Cámara de Representantes en el Capitolio de los Estados Unidos, 24 de febrero de 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WASHINGTON — Working against a midnight deadline, negotiators for the White House and congressional Republicans in Congress narrowed their differences today on legislation to avert across-the-board tax increases.
Congressional officials familiar with talks between Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said one major remaining sticking point was whether to postpone spending cuts that are scheduled to begin on Jan 1.
Republicans want to replace across-the-board reductions with targeted cuts elsewhere in the budget, and the White House and Democrats were resisting.
At the same time, Democrats said the two sides were closing in on an agreement over taxes. They said the White House had proposed blocking an increase for most Americans, while letting rates rise for individuals with incomes of $400,000 a year and $450,000 for couples, a concession from President Barack Obama’s campaign call to set the levels at $200,000 and $250,000.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and U.S. congressional leaders agreed on Friday to make a final effort to prevent the United States from going over the “fiscal cliff,” setting off intense bargaining over Americans’ tax rates as a New Year’s Eve deadline looms.
With only days left to avoid steep tax hikes and spending cuts that could cause a recession, two Senate veterans will try to forge a deal that has eluded the White House and Congress for months.
Obama said he was “modestly optimistic” an agreement could be found. But neither side appeared to give much ground at a White House meeting of congressional leaders on Friday.
What they did agree on was to task Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader, and Mitch McConnell, who heads the chamber’s Republican minority, with reaching a budget agreement by Sunday at the latest.
Mr. Fetterman is one of a dozen lauded for what the White House said is “leveraging their national service experience to become an influential leader in their communities.”
Mr. Fetterman, a Harvard graduate with a master’s degree in public policy, was placed in AmeriCorps service by the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. He moved to Braddock in 2001 to do the AmeriCorps work. Four years later he became the town’s mayor — winning the election by a single vote — and has been at the forefront of a massive effort to revitalize the once-prosperous town ever since.
Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich is considering a run for the White House. He will begin an exploratory process of raising money to “test the waters” and see if there would be enough support for his candidacy.
Gingrich left Congress is 1999 but has stayed very politically active and appears on many television shows where he weighs in on current political events. Gingrich intends to take a formal step in the next two weeks toward running for the Republican nomination in 2012.
Fox News has suspended their contracts with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich while they both explore the possibility of seeking the Republican nomination for President.
Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty received a letter from the White House inviting him and his wife to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the President and First Lady. Mayor Doherty was surprised by the invitation. V.P. Joe Biden was born in Scranton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s father was born in Scranton, so there is a Scranton connection in Washington, D.C.
In March of 2008, during the presidential primary, then Senator Obama spoke at the Irish Women’s Dinner at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel in downtown Scranton. In April of 2008, Senator Obama returned to Scranton for a meal at the Glider Diner. Mayor Doherty supported Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary and raised money for her campaign
It should be noted that Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is reported to be the fourth largest in the United States. 150,000 people pack Scranton for the parade and festivities. The good news is that the parade in Scranton will be on March 12th so Mayor Doherty will still be in town for the celebration.
In 2008 Hillary Clinton was Grand Marshall for the parade. Mayor Doherty would like the President or Vice President to come to Scranton and be Grand Marshall of their parade.
Congratulations to Mayor Doherty for this high honor.
White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers has taken the fall for the ”party-gate” scandal that rocked the White House last year when two fame-whores crashed a State Dinner and embarrassed Barry and Michelle.
Supposedly Desiree is leaving because she accomplished her goal of making the White House “the people’s house” and is going back to doing what she loves…working in the corporate world.