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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mike Coffman
At the Pentagon, some civilians are more essential than others. Civilians in the public affairs office that supports Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have returned from furlough during the 2-week-old partial government shutdown. But those in Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's public affairs office remain on unpaid leave, even though they perform the same duties in the same agency.
Five dozen immigration rights activists picketed outside Rep. Frank R. Wolf's Herndon office Wednesday, demanding he vote for a bill that would extend citizenship rights to 11 million illegal immigrants — a scene that is being repeated outside countless Republican congressional district offices this summer.
For one side of the immigration debate, the goal is to hand out as many citizenship cards as possible. This "path to citizenship" is more a path toward dependency, in which illegal aliens take advantage of various welfare benefits and presumably show their gratitude by voting for the Democratic politicians who keep the goodies flowing.
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In his first remarks since his widely condemned comments on the war in Afghanistan, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele said Thursday he "ain't going anywhere" despite calls for his resignation as chairman of the party.
"I believe the guidance issued by Comptroller Hale was based on a deliberate decision by the Department of Defense to misinterpret the Pay Our Military Act for political purposes," Mr. Coffman said. "My bill cast a wide net — as wide a net as possible to ensure that the department's civilian personnel, all of whom are necessary to support military operations, can report to work."
Lawmakers such as Rep. Mike Coffman, Colorado Republican and author of the Pay Our Military Act, say it was intended to provide funds for all defense workers — military and civilian — as well as for the Coast Guard, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.