A few items that caught our attention today:
White House might reopen for limited visits. President Obama said he has asked the Secret Service to review its decision to halt White House tours as part of an effort to meet its sequester target. The administration announced last week that the tours would end as part of the government-wide spending cuts that took effect on March 1. But president Obama said during an interview with ABC News that he would like to accomodate some visits, such as school trips, according to a blog item from Post Politics.
Federal pay freeze seems to be a done deal. The temporary spending measure introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) likely spells the end of any chance that Congress will avoid another freeze on federal salary rates. Republicans have long called for continuing the freeze, but Democrats had resisted until now, according to an article from Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson.
NAACP president slams solicitor general in oops moment. During a gridiron dinner between the press and politicians, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous criticized Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. for doing a terrible job defending the Voting Rights Act while the Supreme Court was debating the issue recently. Jealous didn’t know it, but he was talking to Verrilli at that very moment, according to In the Loop.
Fiscal crunch hits air controllers. The Federal Aviation Administration’s hiring freeze in response to the sequester could disrupt the pipeline of new air traffic controllers needed to replace thousands of workers eligible for retirement, according to a report by Politico.
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