Submitted by Kelsey McLaughlin on February 9, 2013
FEDERAL AGENCIES WORRY:
The automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that may happen in a month are already affecting federal agencies. No one knows whether the cuts will end up happening, but the agencies are planning for hundreds of thousands of furloughed employees. And they’ve been here before: “Several added that they had grown weary of the threat, which also loomed late last year before Congress struck a deal to postpone the cuts until March 1. Being kept in the dark, they said, made matters worse.” Ben Goad for The Hill: Sequestration silence stokes furlough fears
The agency in charge of Medicare and Medicaid has been without a chief for six years now -- and Marilyn Tavenner has been waiting for Senate confirmation to the post for more than a year. The holdup isn’t her qualifications, it’s questions about the healthcare system itself. Regardless of politics, though, the agency needs someone in charge in order to function. In our Make Congress Work!
action plan, we’ve proposed that the Senate only should get 90 days to vote on a nominee, or the nominee is automatically confirmed: Robert Pear for The New York Times: With No Confirmed Medicare Chief for 6 Years, Obama Tries Again
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