White House details what each state stands to lose if $85 billion in spending cuts take effect on March 1.
Monday, February 25
Funding for education in New Jersey would be slashed by nearly $30 million and drastic cuts made to health care programs and environmental protection should Congress fail to halt $85 billion in "sequestration" spending cuts scheduled to take hold March 1, the White House said Sunday. The federal government would save $75 million by furloughing 11,000 civilian military contractors, and another $59 million by cutting funding to military bases. The cuts would include: The total federal spending cuts would be about $1.2 trillion over the next 9 years. Republicans have accused the president of using the impending cuts for political gain. President Obama's plan asks for increased tax revenues to offset some of the trillion-dollar cuts.
U.S. Sen. Robert Mendendez of New Jersey has put his support behind a bipartisan proposal that will ensure a pathway to legal status for 11 million illegal immigrants.
Eight senior U.S. senators have come up with a bipartisan immigration reform plan, reported Politico.com early Monday morning, that they plan to unveil later today. NJ Sen. Robert Menendez (D), a longtime advocate for changes in immigration law, is on the panel of eight senators from both parties who came up with the sweeping changes. The plan, Politico said, will overhaul the current immigration system as well as provide an alternate route to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. The blueprint is "most serious bipartisan effort to act on the highly charged issue since George W. Bush’s comprehensive measure was defeated in the Senate in 2007," Politico said. The senators' proposal would only come into play …