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  • Negotiators reach $1-trillion deal to fund govt. but provide little for Trump's priorities

    04/30/2017 10:35:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 30, 2017 | Lisa Mascaro
    Congressional negotiators reached a bipartisan deal late Sunday to fund the federal government through September, easing the threat of a shutdown but denying President Trump several key priorities — including money for his promised border wall with Mexico. The estimated $1-trillion omnibus package would provide $12.5 billion in increased military funding, about half the amount Trump requested from Congress. Another $2.5 billion for defense is available if the administration submits a counter-terrorism strategy to fight Islamic State. But the final deal failed to include the big cuts to domestic non-defense accounts that Trump was seeking, and thus emerged as something...
  • It Will Take An Ax, Not A Scalpel, To Control Federal Spending

    04/29/2017 11:55:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Inestor's Business Daily ^ | April 27, 2017 | Adam Brandon (Freedomworks)
    The federal government once again hit the debt ceiling. The ceiling limits the amount of money the federal government can borrow — a number that was set at $20.1 trillion. Although the issue should have been dealt with in 2015, then-Speaker John Boehner capitulated to President Obama and postponed the debt limit until March 16, 2017. Since then, the federal debt has grown by $1,414,397,000,000 — more than one trillion in less than two years. President Trump promised during his campaign to bring back American prosperity and make Washington work for everyone — not just for the small group of...
  • Byron York: Why can't House repeal Obamacare? Because a lot of Republicans don't want to

    04/29/2017 11:09:55 AM PDT · by Monorprise · 78 replies
    washington examiner ^ | Apr 27, 2017, 9:51 PM | Byron York
    "We're going to go when we have the votes," Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday when asked when the House will pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Lawmakers will not be constrained by any "artificial deadline," Ryan declared. On March 24, when the Speaker pulled the GOP Obamacare bill before what would have been a sure defeat, he said, "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." But why? Republicans have 238 seats in the House. Repealing Obamacare will require 217 votes. Even with unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans could lose 21 votes and still prevail on...
  • What If There Is Another Government Shutdown?

    04/29/2017 8:59:16 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/29/17 | KrisAnne Hall
    The shutdown showdown seems like a wild train ride and the political aftermath is only just picking up steam. I think it is important to be clear about what the faithful few are actually fighting for (and against) during the shutdown showdown. Let me reset the framework in the simplest possible terms, so that we don’t forget the essentials. Our federal government, created by the States in 1787, was designed to be a limited and defined federal government. Not my words, but the words of the people who created it - easily researchable and verifiable. James Madison (called the Father...
  • Trump signs one-week funding bill to avoid shutdown

    04/28/2017 6:20:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 28, 2017 | Jordan Fabian
    President Trump has signed a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, the White House announced Friday evening. The measure funds the government through May 5, giving lawmakers more time to reach an agreement on an omnibus spending bill that would carry through the rest of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. The legislation easily cleared both chambers earlier Friday; the Senate approved the measure by voice vote after the House voted 382-30 to pass it. If the measure had not been adopted, the government would have shutdown at midnight right as the Trump administration entered its 100th day....
  • Congress passes short-term spending bill to avert government shutdown this weekend

    04/28/2017 11:36:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 04/28/2017 | Alan Fram
    With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year. The Senate sent the temporary spending measure to Trump by voice vote after the House approved it by a lopsided 382-30 vote. The bill keeps the government functioning through next Friday, which leaders hope will give bipartisan bargainers enough time to...
  • Trump is prepared: 'If there's a shutdown, there's a shutdown'

    04/28/2017 9:36:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/28/2017 | Rick Moran
    With less than 24 hours before the government runs out of money, precipitating a partial shutdown of services, President Donald Trump et the Democrats know that there are limits to what he and the Republican Congress will accept to keep the government operating. Democrats have bee piling up conditions under which they would agree to a budget resolution that would fund the government through September 30. But the difficulty of the negotiations have forced Hill Republicans to offer a one week extension of funding to keep the government operating. But if Democrats won't accept the stop gap measure, the...
  • The Second Attempt Appears Doomed: The votes just aren't there for Obamacare repeal/replace

    04/28/2017 9:30:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/28/2017 | Rick Moran
    The fate of Obamacare repeal/replace Part II isn't quite sealed yet but the latest nose count among Republicans in Congress holds out very little hope that this current iteration of Obamacare reform will meet the same end as the first one. The Hill is reporting that at least 21 Republicans have indicated they are a "no vote" for the current legislation. Since 23 negative votes would scuttle the bill - unless some Democrats could be convinced to vote for it - it doesn't appear that Speaker Ryan is any more inclined to bring this version of Obamacare repeal to the...
  • Evacuate K Street

    04/28/2017 6:29:22 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-28-17 | MOTUS
    The Media – who during the Obama years never encountered any deficit spending they didn’t like - are now suddenly concerned that Trump’s “tax cut for the rich”  is not being offset by spending cuts. I wonder how nouveau riche ex-president Barry feels about the proposed cut. Given that he’s already established his starter speaking fee at $400k a pop, Even as President Obama faced criticism for getting $400,000 for a speech to a Wall Street bank, he pocketed the same amount of money for a second speech, The Post has learned. Obama made another $400,000 on Thursday when he...
  • New ObamaCare repeal bill on life support

    04/27/2017 6:26:17 PM PDT · by Innovative · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | Apr. 27, 2017 | Scott Wong
    The tide is quickly turning against the new ObamaCare repeal legislation. At least 21 Republicans have said they would vote no on the revised GOP healthcare bill negotiated by centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and conservative Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Those "no" votes include Reps. Patrick Meehan (Pa.), Ryan Costello (Pa.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.) and John Katko (N.Y.), all centrists who had reservations about the previous ObamaCare repeal bill that was pulled from a floor vote last month because of a lack of GOP support.
  • Understanding Why President Trump Has Not Received Legislative Action From Congress…

    04/27/2017 5:13:13 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 66 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 27, 2017 | Sundance
    Perhaps it is valuable to reset the larger frames of reference and provide clarity. Many, heck, most people think when they vote for a federal politician -a representative- they are voting for a person who will go to Washington DC and write or enact legislation. This is the old-fashioned “schoolhouse rock” perspective based on decades past. Sundance is talking to those of us that read on Treehouse but I thought it was excellent information on how bills are made, written, sold, and passed...and why President Trump hasn't had any bills to sign as yet... There is not a single congress...
  • House Democrats threaten shutdown over Obamacare repeal vote

    04/27/2017 1:30:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/27/2017 | By HEATHER CAYGLE and ELANA SCHOR
    House Democrats are threatening to oppose a short-term funding extension if Republicans plow ahead with a vote to repeal Obamacare this week, renewing talk of a government shutdown if lawmakers can’t reach an agreement by Friday. “If Republicans pursue this partisan path of forcing Americans to pay more for less and destabilizing our county's health care system — without even knowing how much their bill will cost — Republicans should be prepared to pass a one-week [funding extension] on their own," House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said in a statement. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered the news...
  • No Congress Did Not Repeal Internet Privacy

    04/27/2017 10:17:02 AM PDT · by 54fighting
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 4/27/17 | Andrew Armstrong
    Millennials live on the Internet. We were born and raised surfing the web, using Snapchat and Instagram and, of course, playing games online. It is almost a birthright. Keeping the Internet free and clear of oppressive federal government red-tape and regulations is critical to keep innovation and growth in this space. Some on the left see the web as the “wild west” that needs the guiding hand of government. A former commissioner of the Federal Elections Commission has repeatedly argued for federal control over the web. Ann Ravel, and others like her, want websites like the Drudge Report, YouTube and...
  • Senate sounds ready to gut new House health-care bill — if it passes the House at all

    04/27/2017 8:48:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2017 | AllahPundit
    Doesn’t really matter. This is a game of hot potato at this point. The Freedom Caucus took the blame, fairly or not, for tanking the original House health-care bill last month. Now they’ve hatched an amendment that makes the bill more palatable to conservatives, letting states waive the federal mandates for Essential Health Benefits and community rating subject to certain conditions, but which does little to make it more appealing to Republican moderates. The stuff that would make it more palatable to them, like rolling back planned cuts to Medicaid, isn’t in the new version and would only spook...
  • Survey: President Trump More Popular than Congress

    04/27/2017 7:31:57 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 26, 2017 | Penny Starr
    Despite continuous stories in the media reporting that President Donald Trump has the lowest favorable rating in his first 100 days of any president in modern history, Congress’s approval is worse. A new Gallup poll shows Trump’s favorable rating stands at 40 percent, one percentage point above 39 percent for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s favorable rating is eight percentage points lower than Ryan’s at 31 percent. But the honor for having the lowest rating goes to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), which stands at 27 percent.
  • Congress Tries To Solve Obama’s Nuclear Waste Problem

    04/27/2017 1:46:47 AM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 26 April 2017 | Andrew Follett
    Lawmakers faced off in a Wednesday hearing on proposed legislation to approve a nuclear waste storage facility in Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Many lawmakers at the hearing were concerned about the federal government defaulting on its legal obligations to dispose of used nuclear fuel. Even House Democrats acknowledged the sheer scale of this problem. “Courts have determined that DOE has breached contractual obligations under this statute,” New York Democrat Paul Tonko, ranking member of the subcommittee, said in the hearing. “DOE estimated that if it could begin to accept waste in the next 10 years, liabilities would total $29 billion dollars.”...
  • Democrat Latino, Black, Asian American Legislators Vow to Fight ‘Together’ Against Trump

    04/26/2017 11:53:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 26, 2017 | by PATRICIA GUADALUPE
    Latino, African American and Asian American Democratic members of Congress said on Wednesday they plan to "fight together" against Trump administration policies that impact their communities. The chairs of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) — collectively known as the Tri-Caucus — met Wednesday on Capitol Hill with the five Democratic senators of color as part of a strategy to bring Democratic minority legislators together as a bloc. They said this was an effective way to push back against any Trump administration policies or GOP proposals they consider detrimental to...
  • Fact Check: Does Amended GOP Healthcare Bill Exempt Congress From Controversial Changes?

    04/26/2017 11:25:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/26/2017 | Guy Benson
    UPDATE - The House Freedom Caucus has announced its support for the amended legislation. Now the real action shifts to the moderates. The new changes give states the choice to seek additional flexibility (which must come with guarantees that they will either cover more people or reduce consumers' costs) that will result in a proliferation of new coverage options, many with lower price tags. But it will also mean that minimum coverage plans will be less comprehensive, and that some people will have to pay more, a concern addressed here. The GOP may be a long way from final passage of a...
  • Speaker Paul Ryan Will Fund Planned Parenthood but NOT the Trump Border Wall

    04/26/2017 8:46:05 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 109 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 26, 2017 | Jim Hoft
    Republican leadership is looking to fund Planned Parenthood in their latest spending bill but not the Trump border wall. Could these lawmakers be any more out of touch with their base? CNS News reported: “ When Donald Trump stood in the lobby of Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 and announced he was running for president, he told all who listened to “mark” his words. “I would do various things very quickly,” Trump said. “I would repeal and replace the big lie, Obamacare,” he said. “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border,” he said. “And I...
  • Here's one great Amendment proposal

    04/26/2017 5:46:18 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Vanity | 04/26/17 | e-mail to me
    Trump is asking everyone to forward this email to a minimum of 20 people, and to ask each of those to do likewise.c In three days, most people in the United States will have the message. This is an idea that should be passed around. The TRUMP Rule Let's see if congress understands what people pressure is all about. Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE. Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid Salary of Speaker of...