Trump Pounces on Chuck and Nancy in the Oval Office
So Trump wants $5 billion. Heres whats happened. The original budget request for the Department of Defense, Trump did not give the secretary of defense, Mad Dog Mattis, every dime that he asked for. Trump actually has submitted a budget, or will, that does not contain this is before today the precise amount of money that Mattis wants. Pelosi and Schumer offering 1.3. Trump say he wants $5 billion. All of a sudden Trump has changed his mind on the defense budget, and he has told Mattis to submit a defense budget for the Pentagon of $750 billion.
This will be the proposal for fiscal year 2020. This is different from a previous promise that Trump had made to cut the defense budget. It wasnt much, but it was still a cut rather than what usually are automatic expenses. The $750 billion number came out of a meeting last week when Trump got the lay of the land and figured out that Pelosi and Schumer are probably not going to come close to the $5 billion or agreeing to it in the budget, because this is all gonna happen next year. And theyre trying to get some of this done before the budget expires at the end of this year, government shutdown on December 21st if they dont come to any sort of an agreement on spending for the remainder of the year.
Now, the original defense budget was $733 billion. Thats what Trump had previously said that he would support. Now hes asked Mattis to go back and resubmit 750. The upshot is that if Pelosi and Schumer do not join him and authorize and agree to $5 billion for the wall, Trump is gonna take it out of the military budget. Thats why the increase from $733 billion to $750 billion. Theres $34 billion additional in the defense budget authorization or request than what the original number was.
So in the defense budget, if theres $34 billion extra and Congress does not say that the money must be spent here, and if they do not earmark every dollar of the defense budget for certain projects, that means Trumps theory is that, hey, thats the money thats not earmarked, its not specified, I can take it and do with it what I want since Im commander-in-chief.
If the Democrats figure this out, figure out this is whats going on, then they might try to earmark everything, or they might try to put something in legislation specifying that not a single penny of the defense budget or any other budget can be used to build a wall or, as they might say, Nothing over $1.3 billion.
Jim Jordan Questions Google CEO About Specific Example of Overt Political Bias From Executive
Backstory: According to an email chain between Google executives obtained by Fox News Tucker Carlson and Breitbart News, Googles Multicultural Marketing development head Eliana Murillo sent out an email November 9ht, 2016, detailing how Google had supported partners like Voto Latino to pay for rides to the polls in key states, which she characterized as a silent donation.
We even helped them create ad campaigns to promote the rides (with support from HOLA folks who rallied and volunteered their time to help), Murillo said. We supported Voto Latino to help them land an interview with Sen. Meza of Arizona (key state for us) to talk about the election and how to use Google search to find information about how to vote. They were a strong partner, among many in this effort.
Jim Jordan questions Google CEO Sundar Pichai about their specific political bias.
If the Democrats figure this out, figure out this is whats going on, then they might try to earmark everything, or they might try to put something in legislation specifying that not a single penny of the defense budget or any other budget can be used to build a wall or, as they might say, Nothing over $1.3 billion.Hopefully others who know more will comment on this. I do not trust Rush L much, btw...(and I started listening to him when he was local in Sacramento.)
I have never read or got any inkling from anywhere that every $ the military spends must be specifically authorized by Congress; that's what it sounds as though RL is saying. Doesn't make any sense to me, either. Sometimes the military may have to make quick decisions about spending, such as in wartime, etc. They can't wait for Congress on such matters.
I saw that Nancy said the President doesn’t understand how government budgets and funding works. Nancy, I’m sure he does understand and sees how ridiculous, illogical and mathematically insane they are.