Update on Federal Spending Developments

Information about recent administration and Congressional federal spending developments

The House of Representatives (Jan. 3 file photo).
U.S. House of Representatives

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on a balanced budget amendment (H.J. Res. 2) that would amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit annual federal outlays (spending) from exceeding revenue, unless Congress were to approve exceptions by a significant threshold (a 3/5 vote in each chamber). The amendment would also require the President to submit a fully balanced budget request to Congress annually. As designed, the measure would dramatically clamp down on funding for federal programs, and as an amendment to the Constitution must also be ratified by 3/4 of the states, following congressional passage. However, the amendment failed to garner the required 2/3 votes (233-184) in the House, so will not advance to the Senate for further consideration. Continue reading “Update on Federal Spending Developments”

NCTR Opts to Close Lactation Room in Retaliation

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in the Jefferson Laboratories Campus
NCTR Jefferson Laboratories Campus

Not long ago, when an employee told me that the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) created a lactation room in the Occupational Health Unit (OHU), Building 54, room 116, I was very happy for all the nursing mothers who work at NCTR. I was also concerned about management’s policies for its use, particularly since management did not notify NTEU Chapter 254 of this change. The lactation room has been functional since September 18, 2015. Continue reading “NCTR Opts to Close Lactation Room in Retaliation”

Happy Halloween! Remember to Vote Today!

Woman reading a book by firelight looks up in horror and says,

Not exercising your right to vote is the scariest thought this Halloween!