“Fiscal Cliff and Sequestration 2013″


What was the “fiscal cliff“?

As the end of 2012 neared and we began a new year, you may have heard on the TV, in newspapers and in online conversations about a “fiscal cliff” our nation was facing.  This term referenced the Budget Control Act of 2011, which was designed to try and force Congress to come up with a new solution to reducing our nation’s budget deficit.  To force the solution, the Act was written in such a way that if Congress did not pass a new deficit reduction plan, then certain automatic spending cuts would go into effect on January 2, 2013.

On Tuesday, January 1, 2013, Congress approved a bill to avoid the so called “fiscal cliff”, which would have raised taxes on many Americans. However, the bill delays the sequester for two months, a series of automatic cuts in federal spending.  Learn what this means for Community Health Centers:

If Congress hadn’t come up with a new solution and the automatic cuts created in the Budget Control Act of 2011 went into effect January 2, 2013, then we would have gone over the so-called “fiscal cliff”.  In fact, we did go over the fiscal cliff briefly, but Congress was able to pass a bill late in the day on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.  While the bill that was passed will prevent certain tax increases for many Americans, the bill did not address our nation’s deficit and instead extends the sequester for two months until March, 2013.

What is the “sequester”?

The sequester is automatic federal spending cuts created in the Budget Control Act of 2011.  Sequestration would mean automatic cuts to the Health Centers Program totaling a loss of $167 million in Health Center funding this fiscal yeardue to a process that would across-the-board cut discretionary federal program budgets by 2%. Read more about sequestration, what it means for health centers, and our request to Congress

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NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre revealed again Wednesday why the gun control debate doesn’t really revolve around the 2nd Amendment. The debate isn’t about rights. It’s about fear. LaPierre confessed this to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL):

“What people all over the country fear today is being abandoned by their government. If a tornado hits, if a hurricane hits, if a riot occurs that they’re going to be out there alone. And the only way they’re going to protect themselves in the cold and the dark, when they’re vulnerable, is with a firearm. And I think that indicates how relevant and essential the Second Amendment is in today’s society to fundamental human survival.”

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BILL KARINS SELECTED “Weatherperson of the Year” (by this blog)


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William J. “Bill” Karins (born April 14, 1974)[1] is an American meteorologist. He reports weekdays for NBC’s Early Today, MSNBC‘s First Look, Morning Joe, Jansing and Company and CNBC. Prior to being named NBC Meteorologist Karins was one of the original meteorologists for the now shuttered NBC Weather Plus. He is MSNBC and NBC News Chief Meteorologist. From 2009 to 2012, Karins had been the meteorologist on Weekend Today on Saturdays.

Karins was born in Albany, New York. Prior to working at NBC, he was a meteorologist at KSNT in Topeka, Kansas and at WTCI in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Additionally, he also worked with former Maine State Representative Chris Greeley in Bangor for WABI-TV.