The legislation cuts employment and training funds, job services, job safety and health funding, kills health care quality evaluation and ACA funding of prevention programs.
The legislation is important both for jobs creation and to repair and replace the nation's crumbling infrastructure and to repair, replace and upgrade bus and subway systems.
The Chicago Teachers Union gathered downtown and marched in a massive show of unity after a tumultuous month at the negotiation table with Chicago Public Schools.
The potential cuts dismay Democrats. They also already draw an implicit veto threat from the Obama administration's Office of Management and Budget.
A new federal report on the financial ills of the U.S. Postal Service is a reiteration of previous justifications for huge agency prepayments of future retirees' health care costs.