Argument plan would hurt the poor is undercut by news Obama's fiscal 2012 budget would chop several billion dollars from low income energy-assistance fund.
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Employees who strike over labor issues will be disciplined and possibly terminated.
Analyst says 2012 Defense spending plan is the beginning of an 'age of austerity' for the department.
EPA and Labor come under heavy criticism during House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.
Half-empty Old Post Office in Washington made centerpiece in call to reduce surplus federal real estate.
Appropriators scrap original plan for $74 billion in cuts to soothe tea party members.
House leaders looking to cut discretionary spending by nearly $35 billion this year; some GOP members say it's not enough.
White House officials said President Obama would not veto the bill.
Proposal to fund government for rest of fiscal 2011 includes reductions for NASA, local police, rural development and low-income women.
More workforce cuts and agencywide restructuring expected as officials seek to reduce costs.