And one thing we can count on with respect to this Congress is that if there is even one second left before you have to do what you’re supposed to do, they will use that last second. So as of this point, it looks like I’m going to be spending New Year’s here in D.C. You all are going to be hanging out in D.C. too. (LAUGHTER)
Let the DC Ruling Class get a taste of what the rest of this country has been experiencing for a change.
via CNN Money:
Federal workers are bracing for furloughs that could start to take place in the next few months if Congress doesn't replace massive budget cuts scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Even as a fiscal cliff deal was beginning to emerge Monday afternoon, lawmakers and the president still lacked agreement to stop measures carving some $110 billion in spending power from federal budgets each year over the next decade through automatic cuts.
President Obama dubbed the sequester cuts akin to "using an ax instead of a scalpel" on the budget in a Monday speech, while announcing a deal was close.
"Some of these spending cuts that Congress has said will automatically go into effect have an impact on our Defense Department, but they (also) have an impact on things like Head Start," an educational program for poor children, Obama said. "That is a piece of business that still has to be taken care of."
An impact on Head Start? Well, then I am all for it.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has once again failed to release a timely evaluation of the federally funded Head Start program.
What exactly is taking so long? It may be that the study results will likely yield similarly poor results as the evaluation of two years ago.
HHS is required to evaluate and report the findings of the effectiveness of Head Start, a preschool program for low-income children. Two years ago, results showed no lasting positive impact for first-graders who completed the program compared to Head Start-eligible children who had not.