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    Default Going over Fiscal cliff......... puts Forest Service funding on chopping block

    Fiscal cliff puts Forest Service funding on chopping block
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    Congress is in the middle of tough negotiations this weekend to avoid a fiscal cliff that looms at the first of the year. If an agreement isn't achieved, hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases, and hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to government programs and services, will go into effect. Among them are the Agriculture Department and the Forest Service. On the chopping block may be programs such as the fight against pine beetles and wildfire suppression.

    Cuts to the Agriculture Department, which includes the Forest Service, will total 110 billion dollars if the fiscal-cliff budget agreement, formulated a year and a half ago, is not modified by next Tuesday. The agreement does not specify programs that must be cut. But it does list cuts by department according to percentages that the fiscal cliff agreement specifies...

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    Default We're going over... Fiscal cliff puts Forest Service funding on chopping block

    According to CNN, the US House of Representatives has adjourned for the day and will not vote this evening or tonight.

    We're going over the Fiscal Cliff. They promise to get together tomorrow...

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    Default Re: We're going over... Fiscal cliff puts Forest Service funding on chopping block

    This part of the cliff has been pushed back 2 months, at least at this point!

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    Default Re: We're going over... Fiscal cliff puts Forest Service funding on chopping block

    Looks like they kicked the can down the road.... at least for a little while.

    Now the big question is what happens next with the debt ceiling and delayed sequestration cuts.

    About the same time this is hitting, the USFS and BLM temp hiring will be in full swing for the upcoming season.

    I was reading that the potential exists for a government shutdown like was the case in 1995/96. If it gets that bad, lets hope that fire fighting will an excepted activity as was the case during that shutdown.

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    Default Re: We're going over... Fiscal cliff puts Forest Service funding on chopping block

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpig67 View Post
    Looks like they kicked the can down the road.... at least for a little while.

    Now the big question is what happens next with the debt ceiling and delayed sequestration cuts.

    About the same time this is hitting, the USFS and BLM temp hiring will be in full swing for the upcoming season.

    I was reading that the potential exists for a government shutdown like was the case in 1995/96. If it gets that bad, lets hope that fire fighting will an excepted activity as was the case during that shutdown.
    In times past, public safety ( fire, leo,air traffic control etc..) and military were exempt from shutdown.

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    Default Re: We're going over... Fiscal cliff puts Forest Service funding on chopping block

    Quote Originally Posted by arff View Post
    In times past, public safety ( fire, leo,air traffic control etc..) and military were exempt from shutdown.

    Firefighters would likely still be working during a shutdown. However, they just might be working without pay until it is resolved.

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