“I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk”

At last.

President Barack Obama: “I was pleased to see the House of Representatives come together and vote to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act. Over more than two decades, this law has saved countless lives and transformed the way we treat victims of abuse.”

“Today’s vote will go even further by continuing to reduce domestic violence, improving how we treat victims of rape, and extending protections to Native American women and members of the LGBT community. The bill also reauthorizes the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, providing critical support for both international and domestic victims of trafficking and helping ensure traffickers are brought to justice.

“I want to thank leaders from both parties – especially Leader Pelosi, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Senator Leahy – for everything they’ve done to make this happen.  Renewing this bill is an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear, and I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk.”


Back soon.

156 Responses to ““I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk””

  1. February 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Howdy doody all you O’s!!! It’s another great getting up day again in TODville, right!?!?!? We’re all in our places, with bright shiny faces…and this is the way to start off our day.

    At the risk of being too too, may I once again post a link to #2’s video and ask for your vote for her chance to win an opportunity to do a travel/correspondence job in 25 different countries. In addition to that, she’d win $50,000.00 as well.

    So, after acing her way through college with a degree in Biology, and not taking her mom’s advice of going to medical school, please help her realize her passion dream to become a travel documentary film maker. Please click on the icon/s in the “Vote for This Entry’ box next to her video, then share on your social media outlets. I really appreciate it.


  2. February 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Yes We Can

  3. 18 Jovie
    February 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    BOSTON – The Obama Administration’s renewable energy program has authorized dozens of renewable energy projects on public lands and will hold the first-ever auctions for commercial wind development in the Atlantic this year, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told offshore wind stakeholders at a conference in Boston today. Salazar noted that the rapid progress – as well as conventional oil and gas development on federal lands and waters – could be stymied by potential cuts under sequestration.
    “We have made impressive gains, approving dozens of utility-scale solar, wind and geothermal projects in the West and transitioning from planning to commercial leasing for offshore wind,” Salazar told about 300 industry leaders in a keynote address at the Offshore Wind Power USA Conference. “The potentially devastating impact of budget reductions under sequestration could slow our economy and hurt energy sector workers and businesses.”

    Salazar said he elevated renewable energy development to a departmental priority and Interior worked with industry, state, tribal and local partners to approve 34 projects on public lands in western states and to build an offshore regulatory framework in the Atlantic. The 18 utility-scale solar facilities, 7 commercial wind farms and 9 geothermal plants Interior green-lighted onshore would provide 10,400 megawatts when built, enough to power 3.4 million homes. The developers estimate that these projects would support 13,000 construction and operations jobs.

    Mandatory budget cuts under sequestration, however, could delay Interior’s ability to issue permits for new development, plan for new projects, conduct environmental reviews and lease new federal lands for future development – both for renewable and conventional energy. Delays in offshore oil and gas permitting in the Gulf of Mexico, for example, could affect more than 500 exploration plans and development documents that are anticipated for review this year.


  4. 19 Linda
    February 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    How come when Michael Steele goes on MSNBC they never say he and Lanny Davis own a consulting firm Purple Nation Solutions ?

    • 20 Bill
      February 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I have the sense neither Michael Steele nor Lanny Davis have any real desire to make things better. They are both in politics for the money and no other reason.

  5. 21 Pamela
    February 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    VAWA! VaHoo! PBO rocks my world!

  6. 22 cookemom
    February 28, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Someone mentioned on a previous thread yesterday that Roberts may have ruled as he did on ACA, in order to have cover for his future ruling on the Voter’s Rights Act. I hadn’t thought of that, but it bears consideration. If that is the case, then he probably knows that it is more likely that Congress won’t touch VRA, as opposed to them eventually settling any ACA issues. Makes you want to go hmmmmmm

    • 23 Bill
      February 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      After Scalia’s comment there is going to be even more political and historic pressure to uphold the VRA. Kennedy and Thomas are going to be under the spotlight.

    • 25 jacquelineoboomer
      February 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      A friend of mine mentioned that same thing to me last night … that Roberts gave up ACA, so he could dispose of the next 10 matters before the court. Also, he was one of Reagan’s point men back in the day to do damage to the VRA. Why that last part wouldn’t mean he has to recuse himself in the current matter … well, I’ll never know, I guess. Hmmmmmm is right.

  7. 26 Jovie
    February 28, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Republicans delay gun bill markup for 1 week
    Alexander Bolton
    02/28/13 10:46 AM ET
    The move gives lawmakers more time to strike a deal on background checks for gun purchases.…-/

    Or not…

  8. 27 Jovie
    February 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  9. February 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Yay for passage of the right VAWA!! Grassroots pressure works, but we can’t rest on our laurels.

  10. 30 JER
    February 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm


    The Dow Jones industrial average was up 16 points at 14,091 at midday. It’s just 73 points below the record high it reached in October 2007. The Dow had jumped 291 points over the past two days on new signs of strength in the housing market and a jump in consumer confidence. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/stocks-slow-down-following-2-days-of-big-gains-dow-jones-industrial-average-still-near-record/2013/02/28/d9c10bb2-81c8-11e2-a671-0307392de8de_story.html

    • 31 cookemom
      February 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      A decent jobs report is anticipated for tomorrow and the Italian elections may boost it even more. Plus, even if sequester happens, the markets know that the US is still the best place to put your money, unlike the Asian/European economies. My 401K blames PBO just as my .01K thanked Bush a few years ago.

  11. 32 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Press Secretary Jay Carney is briefing the jackals now….


    • 33 COS
      February 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      They keep asking the same questions over and over. They are spouting all republican talking points. Geesh!!!! Like Jay said, why don’t they pick up the phone and do some old fashion reporting.

      • 34 Ladyhawke
        February 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

        It’s remarkable to watch these six figures stenographers ask questions that essentially give cover to the GOP. You just have to look on in amazement. It’s as if the congress does not exists or has no responsibility to govern at all. Is it true that the House has adorned? Have they left town? How dare President Obama schedule a meeting with leadership on Friday. Why not yesterday. What does this say about the severity of the sequester. Unbelievable. My heart aches for Jay Carney. He’s actually having to address questions about the TONE of the Sperling email to Bob Woodward. And oh by the way Mike Bloomberg was pooh poohing the severity of the sequester. We are going full speed down the rabbit hole.

      • 37 Ladyhawke
        February 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        Now I’m banging my head against the wall. A reporter just asked if President Obama miscalculated the sequester. The reporters memory must get erased and reset to zero every 24 hours. Thankfully, Jay Carney began his response with IS THIS GROUNDHOG DAY……..

  12. 38 Jovie
    February 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  13. 39 japa21
    February 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm

  14. 40 Jovie
    February 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Bradley Manning pleads guilty, will serve 20 years.
    Well, I guess we know what Rachel and CH will be talking about, incessantly?

  15. February 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    In 2010 Bob woodward said Hillary Clinton-Joe Biden switch was “on the table,” although it was not. He suffered no professional consequences for saying made-up nonsense. Bob Woodward has lost it, let’s all stop indulging him.

    Alex Pareene

  16. 44 anniebella
    February 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    FLOTUS is getting some good hugs from the kids. Look like she is having some fun too.

  17. February 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

  18. 47 JER
    February 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    FLOTUS is dancing with the kids.

  19. 48 utaustinliberal
    February 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Just when you thought the blatantly racist crap was over (Scalia and his “perpetuation of racial entitlement” comment), Bloomberg Businessweek puts up this crap as their cover. In their mind, this is how you celebrate Black History Month. If it was the National Review, I’d know where they were coming from but who the hell at BW approved this cover?


    • February 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Watch out! Brown folks is buyin houses again! Jesus.

    • 50 susanne
      February 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      this is disgusting. and here’s their version of an apology:

      ‘ “Our cover illustration last week got strong reactions, which we regret,” Josh Tyrangiel, the magazine’s editor, wrote in a statement sent to POLITICO. “Our intention was not to incite or offend. If we had to do it over again we’d do it differently.” ‘

      yes, they regret the strong reactions.

  20. 53 Gazelle
    February 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    “What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.” — Angela Davis. I would add talking heads, faux journos to the list!

    And this one’s for you, Scalia! What color’s your robe, BTW?: “Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it’s perhaps far more terrible than it’s ever been.” –Angela Davis

  21. February 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Hell freezes over – my republican rep, Sean Duffy, voted “aye” on VAWA. Just sent him a thank you.

  22. February 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Carney not gonna let Ed Henry forget his B.S. from last week.

  23. February 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Ok, I’ve watched 5 Harlem Shake videos in the past few minutes. I think I’ve broken the fever.

  24. February 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm

  25. 70 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    The sequester clock is nearly out of time

    By Steve Benen


    Republicans will filibuster the policy, Democrats will not get 60 votes, and by the end of the day, we’ll be right where we are now: looking at brutal cuts that are likely to undermine the economy, the military, and public needs.

    And what of the House? Speaker Boehner has already said he has no intention of doing any work on this issue, at least not before the deadline.

    So, this ridiculous self-inflicted wound is actually going to happen? Almost certainly, yes. So long as Democrats are willing to compromise and Republicans aren’t, a bipartisan solution is effectively impossible. If policymakers wanted to give themselves more time by delaying the sequester — or better yet, just turning the darn thing off — they could certainly do so, but Republicans have ruled out these options, too.

    As for when we might see some kind of remedy emerge, Dylan Matthews argues persuasively that we should watch the government-shutdown deadline on March 27.



  26. 71 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm


    On The Floor



    2:07:08 P.M.

    The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on March 4, 2013.



  27. February 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm

  28. 81 4morefor44
    February 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    if a record breaks in the forest, will anyone in the mainstream media, and thus the general public, hear about it?

  29. 83 Jovie
    February 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Alright!! Boner is on Mtp this Sunday.

    Boy O Boy! I can’t wait… 😦

  30. 85 Jovie
    February 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    What about bringing in Bill Clinton as a hostage Negotiator?

  31. 86 kathryn kivett
    February 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    My bat ca ca crazy congressperson, Virginia Foxx, a Jesse Helms look a like in drag, voted against the VAWA…OK, that was cruel to Jesse Helms since he wasn’t crosseyed……so I sent her an email under Family Values thanking her for not disappointing me in knowing for sure she had none.

    • 87 Bill
      February 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      She even looks evil without opening her mouth. I read recently her big thing is making sure staff members in the House do not ride the Members Only elevators which they are allowed to do if no vote is taking place. She will ask a staffer their name and report them to their office. Important stuff.

      • 88 kathryn kivett
        February 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm

        I know, read that too…and when she does open her mouth I cringe down to my toe nails….I also said to her.”.as a born and bred North Carolinean, I had lots of women friends that are Republicans, although they don’t actually read the news, and I am sure they will be impressed in 2014, when I tell them the news that she voted against women…Bless your heart, it must be hard to live with so much negativity”……actually don’t have friends of any gender that are Republicans…severed those relationships when they started trashing PBO.

    • 89 57andfemale
      February 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Good one!

  32. February 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

  33. 91 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

  34. 92 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    • 93 57andfemale
      February 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      A line that I heard the other day: “Republicans view on tax increases: $250,000 is middle class. For SS and Medicare and Medicaid, $25,00-$50,000 is wealthy.”

  35. 94 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  36. 95 JER
    February 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  37. 96 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

  38. 97 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Senate Republicans likely to block ATF nominee

    By Steve Benen


    A Justice Department official told the Washington Post, “It’s always been an uphill climb for any ATF nominee, but considering where we are at this moment in time, if there was going to be a confirmation, this is as best a time as ever.”

    That’s arguably true, though Senate Republicans probably won’t care.

    But under the circumstances, they clearly should. As demands on the ATF grow, the agency is trying to do more with less — not just a smaller budget, but a vastly reduced staff and no confirmed, permanent leadership.

    I realize we’re in an era of reflexive Republican opposition to anything the White House supports, but if the GOP line on guns is going to stress enforcing existing laws, the Senate minority’s skepticism towards Jones is untenable.



    • 98 japa21
      February 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      • 99 57andfemale
        February 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

        And how did Miss Lindsey vote on the bills that have made enforcement impossible?

        Gee, Bob Woodward – maybe you’d like to hit the Google and do some journalism instead of making up imaginary threats from the administration.

  39. 100 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm

  40. 101 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm


    Mitch McConnell Openly Filibusters Sequestration Replacement Bill



    A somewhat technical but very important exchange took place on the Senate floor late Thursday morning, which you can file away for the next time you hear Republicans tut-tut Senate Democrats for not passing a sequestration replacement bill.
    “I would happily have three votes if the Republican leader would simply allow the votes to be held at majority thresholds,” he said.

    It was a clear indication that he has the votes to pass his bill, and the votes to kill GOP alternatives. Which is why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) objected.

    It was a straightforward use of the minority’s filibuster powers to prevent the Senate from passing a sequestration alternative. Remember that next time House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) asserts that it’s time for the Senate to act.



  41. February 28, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Carney in a very dry manner, let Ed Henry know who runs the show: Video clip

  42. 105 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

  43. 110 desertflower
    February 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    More from effing wingnut land! http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/arizona-senate-approves-gold-siver-as-legal-tender

    Wonder if I can pay my mortgage with a fork now? Or my electric bill with a knife? Fucking morons.

  44. 114 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm


  45. February 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Looks like they will make today’s deadline for filing a ‘friend of the court’ brief.


    Yes We Can

    • 116 FiredUpInCA
      February 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      This is my President. No drama as he quietly continues to make history and makes sure everybody gets a better measure of democracy.

      He just goes ahead and does what he said he would do: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is in the dust heap of history. First sitting President to endorse same-sex marriage. Standing up against the hate in Proposition 8.

      He doesn’t just say ‘it gets better,’ he’s using the full weight of his office to make it better and he has from Day One.

  46. February 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    So as usual we have to suffer through an extended bout of Flotus Derangement Syndrome this time with black feminists insisting that First Lady quit “fun media appearances” and do something “serious for girls education”. http://www.theroot.com/buzz/first-lady-needs-raise-her-game

    My blood boiled and here’s my comment:

    This is how dweebs like the writer of the piece display their gross ignorance. Have they bothered to follow the huge mentorship program the First Lady created for girls, their education & goal-setting, the very minute she walked into the White House? No. Did the writer know that FLOTUS assembled an army of accomplished women to mentor girls — a program that was inaugurated in February 2009 at the White House with grand flourish? No. Does the writer know that the First Lady invites various groups of girls to the White House to attend workshops especially before major events and state dinners,? No.

    The fact that the First lady does these activities outside the glare of lights does not mean that she is only indulging in fun media appearances. It is precisely because of her seriousness that she would not expose these still developing young women to the paparazzi klieg lights.

    These Robin Ghivan, Courtney Milloy types should spend less time complaining about the First Lady’s imaginary inattention to “serious matters” and get themselves some community work to do!

    • 119 isonprize
      February 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      zizi STANDING OVATION!!! Go zizi, Go zizi, Go zizi, Go zizi, Go zizi, Go zizi, Go zizi, Go zizi!!!

    • February 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Well said, Zizi. These complainers get on my last nerve – especially when they have no accomplishments of their own to tout while they’re criticizing someone who is actually making a difference!

    • 122 anniebella
      February 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      zizi2, Thank you for putting these bastards in their place. My question is what are they doing? Tell us please. Are do they think it all should be up to the First Lady, while they sit on their asses and complain.

    • 123 susanne
      February 28, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      and if they find themselves dismayed by some perceived flaw in flotus’ behavior, take the time and energy to investigate the issue before posting negative articles about the first lady. clearly the info was available, as zizi found it. why couldn’t these ‘journalists’ do the same amount of work before jumping in to criticize our hard-working first lady?

    • 124 yardarm756
      February 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      So on point. They sound like the counter parts to Smiley and West.

    • 125 0388jojothecat
      February 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      I’d like to know what THESE women have been doing BEFORE PBO and Mrs. Obama came on the scene? What have they done and are doing for young black women?

    • 126 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      February 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      My response to you @theRoot:

      Thank you, Zizii2!

      Actually, at least a portion of some of these events are “open/pooled press” i.e. the Beast of the Southern Wildes event two weeks ago. Do such events receive wide press coverage? NO!!!! Nothing like have a lazy, willfully ignorant fourth estate…

    • 127 prettyfoot58
      February 28, 2013 at 7:46 pm


      i wonder what is really behind rthis criticism

  47. February 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Yes We Can

  48. 129 57andfemale
    February 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Three dems joined the filibuster for the majority-passed sequester bill (it had 51 votes): Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Mark Pryor (D-AR)) blocked the vote from coming to the floor.

    • February 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    • 137 kathryn kivett
      February 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      and I wrote Ms. Hagan a less than gracious letter also….pandering to R’s does not win D’s vote…DINO’s are not much different that full
      R’s…..and with that, retiring from letter writing for a while…sends my blood pressure out of the park!

      • 138 57andfemale
        March 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

        I have such mixed emotions. I sometimes wish that if they’re going to act like Republicans, they just be Republicans. So much of what hurt us in the health care debate was the lie that we had ‘monstrous majorities’ and filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. We always had 5, 6 DINO’s who put sand in the gas tank.

  49. 139 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Senate GOP blocks sequester compromise plan, seals fate

    By Steve Benen


    Following up on an earlier item, the Senate scheduled two votes today on addressing automatic sequestration cuts set to begin tomorrow. Both failed this afternoon, though one of those votes was important than the other.
    But that argument will be misleading, to put it mildly. Senate Democrats can up with a credible compromise, brought it to the floor, held a vote, and found that a majority of the chamber supports the Democratic alternative. House Republicans, meanwhile, refused to craft a compromise, chose not to bring a bill to the floor, didn’t hold a vote, and was afraid to find out whether a GOP alternative could get majority support.

    The bottom line hasn’t changed all month: one side is open to negotiation and compromise; one side isn’t. When blame-both-sides-for-everything pundits consider who bears responsibility for failure, it seems no other detail has any relevance at all.



  50. 140 utaustinliberal
    February 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    One step forward. 10,000 steps backwards.

    • 141 hopefruit2
      February 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      And by the way, their “We-didn’t-intend-to-incite-or-offend” NON-apology is NOT accepted!

      • 142 utaustinliberal
        February 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        Exactly. It’s a cop-out. Instead of profusely and sincerely apologizing about the disgusting racist cover, they’re giving us a version of “We’re not sorry it’s racist; noooo….we’re just sorry if you found it offensive.”

        Lord help us. It’s just February yet we’ve already been hit with a deluge of vile crap.

  51. 143 Gazelle
    February 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    [Good Lawd! Grand Old Felons!]:

    Republican voters picked ex-convict Paul McKinley (R) as their nominee to run for the seat recently ceded by former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    McKinley, a convicted felon who served nearly 20 years in state prison for burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery, declared victory, beat businessman Eric Wallace (R) by 23 votes.


  52. 146 FiredUpInCA
    February 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    “Army Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges that he illegally acquired and transferred highly classified U.S. materials later published by WikiLeaks”


  53. February 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    😀 😀 😀 😀

    • 148 anniebella
      February 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Bob Woodward have become a joke. This is why he ran to the right wing haters cause he knew they would believe his lies.

  54. 149 utaustinliberal
    February 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm

  55. February 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm

  56. 151 utaustinliberal
    February 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Second term Jay Carney is kicking ass.

  57. 152 Gazelle
    February 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    [Smartypants on Woodward!!]:

    […..] That’s why what Woodward is doing matters. And Noam Scheiber nailed it.

    “There is a body of respectable Washington opinion that considers Obama unworthy of the presidency: he hadn’t put in his time before running, didn’t grasp the majesty of the office, evinced no respect for the way things were done. He not only won without courting the city’s elders, he had the bad manners to keep his distance even after winning. This is the view Woodward distills.”

    Scheiber didn’t say it but I will…the black guy didn’t pay his proper respects to the white good-ole-boys club.

    That club is the heart of the beast in its death throes. Woodward is simply the latest to be howling at its demise.


  58. February 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  59. 155 utaustinliberal
    February 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    So freaking true. Politico’s latest article about the Woodward crap throws Woodward under the bus and pretends Politico had nothing to do with Woodward’s paranoia. Gotta love those D.C. pundit types. They’d kill their moms and dig the graves if it meant their agenda was furthered.

  60. 156 Jovie
    February 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    OMB offers sequestration guidance

    By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 2/28/13 2:33 PM EST
    President Obama will order sequestration on Friday unless there is last-minute congressional action, the Office of Management and Budget said in Thursday guidance to federal departments and agencies.

    “The president has been clear that sequestration is bad policy that was never intended to be implemented, and the administration remains hopeful that Congress will act to avoid it through an agreement on balanced deficit reduction,” controller Danny Werfel said in the memo. “However, because legislation may not be enacted to avoid sequestration before the current deadline,” federal agencies have planned for cuts to take effect.

    Werfel instructed the heads of federal departments and agencies to keep examining their finances and “to engage in intense and thorough planning activities to determine all specific actions that will be taken as soon as practicable.”

    Agencies should also communicate to affected stakeholders about spending cuts, Werfel said, and while “communications will vary greatly by agency and by stakeholder, but agencies should be as specific as possible in order to provide sufficient detail to be helpful to these stakeholders in understanding the implications ofthe reduced budget authority resulting from sequestration.”

    The memo also urges agencies to limit new acquisitions to ones that “support high-priority initiatives or where failure to do so would expose the government to significantly greater costs in the future.” They should also apply greater “scrutiny” in hiring new personnel, awarding employees discretionary money, and committing to travel for conferences and other events.


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