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  • New House GOP plan: Nearly one year of funding for the entire government ó except on immigration

    11/25/2014 2:07:13 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 19 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Looks like they're about to do this: LET'S LIGHT UP THEIR PHONES FOLKS: (202)-224-3121 Because you know in conference committee ": Nearly one year of funding for the entire government ó except on immigration" Immigration funding WILL be added back in. WE WILL NOT BE FOOLED, and WE must demand ONLY a short term funding Bill through January, WHY this congress would want the next one to be hampered (by Republicans) is beyond me (well not completely..).
  • GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown

    11/25/2014 8:40:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | October 25, 2014 | Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
    House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month. The likely proposal would fund nearly the entire government through September 2015, but immigration enforcement related funding would be renewed on a short-term basis, according to several high-ranking GOP lawmakers and aides who described the plan as it stands now.
  • Donít Let Lame Ducks Spend Your Money

    11/19/2014 2:49:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 11-19-14 | Betsy McCaughey
    On November 4, voters fired the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, replacing it with a GOP majority that campaigned against Obamacare and big spending. But the Democrats who lost are still running the show. These lame ducks lack the moral authority to govern. They shouldnít be allowed to do any more than the bare minimum to keep government operating until January, when the new Congress meets. Allowing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to ram through an omnibus spending bill for the coming year, or make other key decisions, would be like letting your ex-spouse keep using your checkbook. One...
  • Jeanne Shaheen's Dishonest Claim That Obamacare Doesn't Cut Medicare

    11/13/2014 6:07:10 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/22/2014 | Avik Roy
    Healthcare, Fiscal, and Tax 10/22/2014 Jeanne Shaheen's Dishonest Claim That Obamacare Doesn't Cut Medicare Avik Roy In last nightís U.S. Senate debate in New Hampshire between incumbent Jeanne Shaheen (D.) and challenger Scott Brown (R.), Shaheen uttered a flat-out, bald-faced lie: that Obamacare doesnít cut Medicare spending to pay for its expansion of coverage to the uninsured. Itís a talking point that a number of Democratic Senate candidatesóand their enablers in the lefty blogosphereóhave been clinging to. And itís embarrassingly dishonest. ďI want to go back to Scott Brownís suggestion that weíve taken three-quarters of a trillion dollars out of...
  • State Budget Follies: Senior Olympics subsidies getting old

    11/12/2014 11:27:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/9/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    Michiganís state budget is a $52 billion-plus document that cuts across most aspects of our lives: police, courts, transportation and education to name a few subjects. Is it any wonder then that few noticed or complained when a $100,000 ďone-timeĒ appropriation was slipped in to subsidize an athletic competition between people who are in the autumn of their years? Subsidizing the ďMichigan Senior OlympicsĒ is not a proper function of government. It is unfair to those whose hobbies are not subsidized, it financially supports a group who may already be healthier and wealthier than your average resident, and the state...
  • Kansas Slashes Revenue Forecast

    11/11/2014 8:41:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    KCUR Radio ^ | 11/11/14 | Andy Marso
    State revenue forecasters said Monday that the state can expect hundreds of millions of budget dollars less than previously thought to fund schools, social programs and highway projects. The consensus revenue estimating group lowered the official projections it made in April by $205 million. If accurate, the revised forecast means that Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators will have to raise taxes or make deep cuts in spending during the remaining seven months of the budget year to avoid a $278 million deficit. Additional cuts will be necessary to prevent a $435 million deficit in the next budget year, the analysts...
  • Funding bill will wait until December (last minute game again!)

    11/10/2014 9:44:05 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 11/10/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    An omnibus spending bill that would prevent a government shutdown by funding federal agencies through September 2015 wonít be released for several weeks, House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing told The Hill on Monday. The bill will likely be released the week of Dec. 8, Hing said. The government will shut down after Dec. 11 without a new funding bill. The timing would give lawmakers just a day or two to debate and vote on the new legislation in both chambers. Itís possible Congress might extend a continuing resolution funding the government for a short period of time before they...
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • The First Fight of the Lame Duck

    11/07/2014 7:58:07 PM PST · by Cheerio · 13 replies
    The Corner ^ | November 7, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    The lame duck session hasnít yet convened, but its first major battle ó over how best to thwart the executive action on immigration the president is expected to issue in the coming months ó is already underway. Conservatives are pushing to include a measure attempting to deny the government the funds it needs to administer the amnesty in a must-pass spending bill, the so-called continuing resolution. That would include the funds to issue green cards and work permits. National Review Online obtained a copy of a letter that Arizona congressman Matt Salmon is circulating to his colleagues to generate support...
  • Sen. Sessions explained to Megyn Kelly how Republicans can stop Obamaís amnesty

    11/06/2014 8:34:10 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    Sen. Sessions was on with Megyn Kelly tonight to talk about Obamaís amnesty plans and how Republicans can stop them. In short, itís all about the power of the purse. Watch:
  • EXCLUSIVE: Budget cuts, errant B1 bomber blamed in deadly Ďfriendly fireí accident in Afghan war

    10/30/2014 7:49:19 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 30 Oct 14 | Rowan Scarborough
    The ďfriendly fireĒ airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training. A review of the worst American fratricide in the long Afghanistan war also shows that the militaryís official investigation faults a Green Beret commander, an Air Force air controller and the four-man crew on the B-1B bomber that conducted the errant strike. PHOTOS: Top 10 U.S. fighter jets But the investigation, headed by an Air Force general, does not question the use of...
  • Elizabeth Warren Blames Republicans for Ebola

    10/29/2014 10:11:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 28, 2014 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) blamed Republicans for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by suggesting funding cuts to certain programs were the culprit. "Instead of making those investments up front, we wait until people die," Warren said. "Of course I'm worried, but part of this reminds me -- this is why elections matter and why they matter over time. you know, Ebola is not new. We've known about it for a long time. We were putting money into funding Ebola many years ago and the republicans have cut funding overall for medical research, for the...
  • Corbett cuts $72M from state budget, calls for action on pension reform

    10/24/2014 10:33:38 PM PDT · by Tamzee · 7 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | July 10, 2014 | Paul J. Gough
    Gov. Tom Corbett blasted the General Assembly and line-item vetoed more than $70 million from the budget but signed the rest of it into law Thursday. The line-item veto removed $65 million in proposed spending from the General Assembly's own funding, which he said was equivalent to the legislators' surplus, as well as $7.2 million from general appropriations. (snip) Corbett reserved more ire for the General Assembly in what he said was its failure to address the public-pension crisis, an issue he has campaigned for big changes including a move toward a 401(k)-style system for new state employee and public...
  • 2014 Voterís Guide For The Texas Constitutional Amendment, Proposition 1

    10/18/2014 5:47:16 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 26 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 10/17/2014 | Hardhatter's Team
    On November 4th, 2014 (early voting starts October 20), Texans will have the opportunity to vote on one proposed amendment to the stateís constitution. Hardhatters offers our views on Proposition 1. Prop 1 (HJR 1)Ballot: "The constitutional amendment providing for the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads."Summary: Proposition 1 will require the Texas Comptroller to transfer 50% of oil and gas tax revenues away from the economic stabilization fund (Rainy Day Fund) to the State Highway Fund....
  • Saudi billionaire Alwaleed warns over impact of falling oil price

    10/14/2014 10:54:23 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 41 replies
    ft.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Simeon Kerr
    In an open letter to Saudi ministers posted via Twitter, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud expressed his ďastonishmentĒ at comments made by Ali al-Naimi, the oil minister, who reportedly played down the impact of oil prices falling below $100 a barrel. Prices have since fallen below $88 a barrel, or a quarter since June. Prince Alwaleed, noting the kingdomís 2014 budget was 90 per cent dependent on oil revenues, said belittling the impact of lower prices was a ďcatastrophe that cannot go unmentionedĒ.
  • U.S. Army Says it Faces Huge Equipment, Training Risks with Budget Cuts

    10/13/2014 11:56:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/13/14 | Andrea Shalal, Rueters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė The U.S. Army warned on Monday that mandatory budget cuts due to resume in fiscal 2016 would be devastating to a service that is already facing huge risks as it tries to keep forces ready for battle, replace aging equipment and respond to crises around the world. ďWe have to have a national security debate Ö because there is too much going on,Ē U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told reporters at the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) conference. Odierno said the Army had agreed to further reduce the size of its active...
  • Rubio, Paul back Enzi's 'Penny Plan'

    10/01/2014 5:46:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/28/14 | Molly K Hooper
    ...GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) are co-sponsors of Sen. Mike Enziís ďPenny Plan,Ē formally titled ďOne Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2014.Ē ďIf we just stopped spending one cent out of every dollar that we spend currently, and according to [the Congressional Budget Office], they say that would balance the budget in three years,Ē the Wyoming Republican Senator told The Hill.
  • Massive U.S. aid overwhelms Afghans

    09/14/2014 3:36:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 13, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    American officials have spent billions of tax dollars "setting up projects or programs that the Afghans cannot or will not sustain once international forces" leave Afghanistan, according to a government watchdog. "Afghanistan is a case study in projects and programs set up without considering" whether they can be continued, said John Sopko, Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Sopko's comments came in a speech Friday to a meeting of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University. The problem is the sheer magnitude of the reconstruction effort, which is bigger than any ever before undertaken by the U.S. "Last year, the...
  • Scott Walker says Madison school district (Mary Burke's) is only one to ignore Act 10

    09/11/2014 6:25:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ^ | 9-11-14 | PolitiFact
    Mary Burkeís position as a member of the Madison Metropolitan School District board has played a minimal role in the governorís race so far. Gov. Scott Walker tried to change that Sept. 3, 2014, calling on Burke and the board to find savings by using his signature Act 10, which dramatically curtailed collective bargaining for most public employees, including those of the district. In a campaign news release, Walker said Madison "will be the only school district left in the state out of 424 to ignore the law and not take advantage of Governor Walkerís reforms into the 2015-16 school...
  • House GOP unveils ďcleanĒ CR to push budget fight to mid-December

    09/10/2014 11:58:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    With all of the other news ricocheting around the media and social networks, this may seem like a sleeper of a story, but it‚Äôs a bigger deal than one might think ‚ÄĒ literally as well as figuratively. Last night, House Republicans unveiled their proposed continuing resolution that will fund government well past the midterm elections, and it won‚Äôt make conservatives like Rep. Jeb Hensarling too happy. The proposal calls for a simple extension of current funding, plus some extra cash to deal with the Ebola outbreak in Africa and more flexibility on the use of cash for border security....
  • House GOP Setting the Stage for Massive Crony Capitalist Pay Backs (Why bother with the GOP?)

    09/09/2014 4:43:55 PM PDT · by INVAR · 80 replies
    Red State ^ | 09-09-14 | Erick Erickason
    House GOP Setting the Stage for Massive Crony Capitalist Pay Backs in a Lame Duck House Republicans are preparing a continuing resolution to keep the government open. In doing so, theyíve decided to be total sluts for K Street and Wall Street. The Crony Capitalists, emboldened by the Chamber of Commerceís help during primary season, are doing some very unusual things. Hereís what I hear is happening. First, they will reauthorize the Ex-Im bank, which is something K Street is desperate to see happen. Second, current reports are that they will spend more than the original Paul Ryan ó Patti...
  • Head of Marshals Service in Chicago reassigned

    09/09/2014 7:59:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 9, 2014
    Head of Marshals Service in Chicago reassigned AP , Associated Press Sep. 9, 2014 4:02 AM ET CHICAGO (AP) ó The U.S. Marshals Service has announced it has replaced the head of its Chicago office for the past four years in a re-organization, appointing an interim chief for its high-profile northern Illinois district. Darryl McPherson, who was named to the top Chicago post by President Barack Obama in 2010, was recently reassigned to the same office's judicial security division, said Drew Wade, an agency spokesman in Washington. Wade, however, declined to discuss why the 17-year Marshals Service veteran was moved...
  • Students can pay to arrive at university in a private jet, Aston Martin or even a carriage

    09/08/2014 11:03:19 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 9 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8 September 2014 | Carol Driver
    Students can wave goodbye to being driven to university by embarrassing parents in an overloaded car Ė and pay to arrive in style instead. Launching on Monday, The Very Important Fresher package offers those with the budget the option to travel to campus by helicopter, private jet, Ferrari or Aston Martin. Other luxury options include a Rolls Royce Phantom, Mclaren P1 Ė and even a horse and carriage - which will set buyers back up to £25,000.
  • A Half-Trillion Dollar Budget Deficit

    08/30/2014 10:20:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration continues to run up big budget deficits and huge long-term debts that threaten our economic future and put our national security in peril. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released new numbers this week, projecting that this year's budget deficit alone will be half a trillion dollars more than the U.S. Treasury takes in each year. That's far less than the string of record-breaking trillion dollar-plus budget deficits in President Obama's first term -- in some part due to the automatic sequestration budget cuts that Republicans forced on the administration. But deficits of that size continue...
  • The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

    08/20/2014 7:09:30 AM PDT · by xzins · 89 replies
    CNS ^ | August 20, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" ó also known as welfare ó as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014. But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time. When those receiving benefits from...
  • U.S. budget deficit falls to $95 billion in July

    08/12/2014 1:23:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/12/2014 | ELVINA NAWAGUNA
    The U.S. budget deficit was $95 billion at the end of July, down 3 percent from the same period last year, according to data released by the Treasury Department on Tuesday. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a $96 billion deficit for last month. The deficit was $98 billion in July of 2013. The fiscal year-to-date deficit at the end of July was $460 billion, the lowest level since the same period in fiscal year 2008, compared with a deficit of $607 billion for the same period in fiscal year 2013, according to Treasury's monthly budget statement.
  • Neither Party Cares About Our $17 Trillion Debt

    08/06/2014 4:24:41 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 22 replies
    In five and half years in office President Obama has presided over an increase in the national debt of $7 trillion. His predecessor presided over a $4.9 trillion increase in eight years. Obama called the increase in the debt under Bush ďunamerican.Ē What do you want to bet Obama doesnít think the same of his debt increase? No doubt heíll blame others. Our nation has a national debt of $17.6 trillion, itís increased $12 trillion since 2001. This sort of debt is unsustainable and yet no one is talking about it. Itís no surprise that Obama doesnít want to talk...
  • Why Republicans Lose (calls Ryan's budget proposal for 2015 ďthe height of political stupidity")

    08/02/2014 4:14:38 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-1-2014 | David Horowitz
    Earlier this year, congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan released a proposed budget for 2015. It contains an impressive list of cuts projecting a $5.1 trillion savings over ten years. It is also the height of political stupidity and an example of everything that cripples Republicans in their battles with the left.If you are going to make budget cuts, you do it. You donít telegraph it. Paul Ryan canít even make budget cuts unless Republicans win the White House and he has just made it harder for them to do it.For starters, Ryanís list of cuts includes the...
  • Michigan State Budget Has Increased Almost $5 Billion the Past Three Years

    07/29/2014 12:30:16 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/26/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Amid all the publicity of the city of Detroitís bankruptcy and bailout, the scramble to find money for road repairs and school superintendents who have spun funding increases as reductions, what may be lost is that the overall state budget is projected to increase by $2 billion in fiscal 2014-15. In fact, the state will spend about $4.7 billion more than it did in 2011-12, according to the Senate Fiscal Agency. An increase in federal money accounts for $2 billion of that $4.7 billion increase over the past three years. The state has appropriated $53.12 billion for 2014-15. The overall...
  • The Pentagon Overpays for Almost EverythingóEven Prescription Drugs

    07/28/2014 11:11:22 AM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 11 replies
    Business ^ | July 28th, 2014 | Kenny
    Britainís Farnborough Air Show wrapped up last week after seven ear-splitting days. To impress the excited kids and jaded dealers in attendance, the U.S. sent an F-8, an F-15, and a pair of F-16s. But the much anticipated F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was a no-show. After a runway fire grounded the fleet earlier this month, the Department of Defense suspended negotiations to purchase the next batch of the planes. The troubled fighter is only the latest in a growing number of cases where the DOD has bought poorly designed and massively overpriced equipment for the nationís armed forces....
  • Immigration Hype

    07/26/2014 5:27:55 AM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 36 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 26, 2014 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    A Never-Ending Scheme:: By: Larry Walker, II ::According to the New York Times, ďHoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.ĒAnd, ďIf approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort...
  • Paul Ryan's Proposed Budget Cuts

    07/20/2014 8:46:52 AM PDT · by dvan · 27 replies
    NA | NA | NA
    Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:24:12 -0700 Subject: RE: Budget Proposal This looks like a pretty healthy platform to start running on... In order to begin getting our country's spending under control, there has to be some elimination and take aways. Here's Paul Ryan's proposed cuts. PAUL RYAN'S PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS A List of Republican Budget Cuts Notice S.S. and the military are NOT on this list. These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting. Read to the end. * Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy -- $445 million annual savings. * Save America 's Treasures...
  • The wrong folks get billions in tax dollars ($106 BILLION just last year)

    07/13/2014 12:08:41 AM PDT · by Innovative · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Jull 12, 2014 | Blake Ellis
    A government watchdog agency said an estimated $106 billion in payments were made in error last year: meaning they were the wrong amount, went to the wrong person or lacked sufficient documentation. These payments include tax refunds, unemployment benefits, Social Security benefits, and Medicare and Medicaid coverage. The improper payments could be even higher since not all agencies reported to the Government Accountability Office. The Department of Agriculture's School Breakfast program, which provides free or reduced-price meals to needy students -- had the highest error rate in 2013, at 25%.
  • The Government Just Posted Its First Four-Month Budget Surplus In Years

    07/11/2014 11:34:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/11/2014 | Rob Wile
    The U.S. government posted a net surplus over a four-month period for the first time since 2007 in the March-June, according to the latest monthly Treasury statement.¬† For June, the surplus totaled $71 billion. That actually fell short of expectations of a surplus of $80 billion.Still, Washington is now on pace to record the lowest annual deficit since 2008, with a¬†fiscal year to date deficit of $366 billion. That's 28% less than the shortfall recorded in the same period last year, according to Marketwatch, thanks mostly to increased revenue.‚ÄúDeficits are rapidly declining,‚ÄĚ Paul Edelstein,¬†director of U.S. financial economics at IHS...
  • Republican Cochran wins with Dems, should Alabama close its primary to avoid it happening here?

    06/28/2014 3:51:32 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 37 replies
    YellowHammer News ^ | Cliff Sims
    Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) overcame tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff Tuesday night after finishing second behind him in the primary three weeks ago. Although he now faces a Democrat in November, Cochranís runoff victory likely secures him a whopping seventh term in the U.S. Senate. Alabamians were paying unusually close attention to the out-of-state race because of its potential impact on the committee assignments of one of our own U.S. senators, Richard Shelby. (SNIP) With all of the action in Republican primaries now, the teachersí union and liberal activists launched a coordinated effort to get traditionally Democratic...
  • State Budget Shifts Extra Revenue Sharing Funds To Detroit

    06/26/2014 5:46:25 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Fresh off the Michigan Legislature approving a $195 million bailout for Detroit, some elected state officials and the governor are looking to favor the city again, but this time with the statutory revenue sharing. Detroit is budgeted in 2014-15 to receive $140.5 million in the money taken from sales tax revenue, a $4.2 million increase from 2013-14. Thatís what is proposed in Gov. Rick Snyderís budget, which is in committee. By comparison, the city of Flint is budgeted to receive $6.7 million in state shared revenue and Grand Rapids is expected to receive $5.3 million in 2014-15. Detroit has a...
  • Ex-Im critics sharpen knives for hearing (will bring up suspended bank officials and kickbacks)

    06/25/2014 4:05:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 25, 2014 | Vicki Needham
    Criticism will rain down Wednesday on the Export-Import Bank as members of an influential House panel debate whether itís time to disband the agency. Fred Hochberg, the chairman of the embattled bank, will square off in testimony against House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who is leading the charge to let the bankís charter expire in September. Hensarling and other members are likely to press Hochberg about reports that the bank has suspended or removed four officials for taking kickbacks, a controversy that could strengthen the hand of Ex-Imís foes. Business supporters swarmed Capitol Hill ahead of the...
  • How Puckett resignation could break the budget impasse (VA Senate)

    06/09/2014 8:57:38 AM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies
    Daily Press ^ | June 9, 2014 | Dave Ress
    How could Democratic state Sen. Phil Puckett's resignation move the budget and Medicaid impasse? Counting noses, it means what was a 23-17 Senate majority (20 Democrats, three Republicans) for a budget that includes a provision for tapping Affordable Care Act dollars to extend health insurance for low income Virginians now stands at 22-17. But it also means what was a 20-20 split, with Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam a tie-breaker on everything except the budget, is now a 20-19 GOP majority. So, look for movement this week to bring the state Senate back into session (it takes nine to call...
  • Top senator says cost-cutting culture fueled veterans scandal

    05/27/2014 2:33:01 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 59 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 27 May, 2014 | Meredith Shiner
    Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in an interview that Washingtonís cost-cutting culture helped spark the growing Veterans Administration hospital controversy by encouraging VA officials to understate their financial needs both internally and to Congress. Murray, a top appropriator and former chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, had strong words for a department that she said not only faces chronic management issues but also consistently underestimates its funding needs and how many veterans will seek care each year. Though many Republicans have called for current VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down from his post in light of reports of...
  • Mark Levinís liberty amendment flip-flop on balancing the annual budget

    05/23/2014 6:44:45 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 41 replies
    5-23-14 | johnwk
    Isnít it interesting to recall that on November 18, 2011 Mark Levin said he was ďhappy the balanced budget amendment didn't pass the House because it was a fraudĒ, and now Mark Levin promotes a fraudulent balanced budget amendment with one of his ďliberty amendmentsĒ which would make it constitutional for Congress to not balance the annual budget? The two of sections of Markís fraudulent balanced budget amendment making it constitutional for Congress to not balance the annual budget are: SECTION 6: Congress may provide for a one-year suspension of one or more of the preceding sections in this Article...
  • Mikulski Addresses $4B Budget Gap With Gimmicks

    05/22/2014 12:00:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 22, 2014 | By ANDREW TAYLOR, AP
    The Democratic chairwoman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee moved aggressively Thursday to use gimmicks to fill in an unexpected $4 billion gap in the budget. Mikulski's maneuver came after congressional scorekeepers surprised lawmakers by predicting that the Federal Housing Administration will produce $4 billion less in revenues from the mortgages it insures than the administration believes. Sen. Richard Shelby said Mikulski's maneuvering amounted to an end run around a December budget pact between Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Chair Paul Ryan, R-Wis. that replaced some automatic cuts to agency operating budgets with new fees...
  • Punch-Out!!: Warner VS. Warner on Balanced Budget Amendment

    05/21/2014 10:30:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/20/14 | staff
    Gillespie campaign throws Warnerís views into the boxing ring together, NES style
  • Christie's foreign policy speech criticized by NJ Republican senator

    05/19/2014 6:19:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | Matt Friedman
    Gov. Chris Christieís foreign policy speech Sunday night is facing some criticism at home ó from a fellow Republican. State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Warren), one of the most conservative New Jersey lawmakers, said Christieís vision for Americaís role in the world is unsustainable. ďDuring his speech yesterday, Governor Christie advocated for an aggressive, interventionist foreign policy,Ē Doherty wrote in an email to the Star-Ledger. ďHe sounds like a Woodrow Wilson progressive who is out of step with the views of the American people.Ē
  • Deficit Is Down, So Thank The Tea Party

    05/16/2014 4:49:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 16, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    American history has been profoundly shaped by citizen-driven grass-roots movements that spontaneously combust into seismic political change. This is the story of the Founding Fathers, the abolitionists, the progressives, the civil-rights movement, the 1970s tax revolt and ... it's time to add to that list the oft-maligned tea party movement. We don't fully recognize the earthquake change brought about by these millions of military veterans, housewives, nurses, schoolteachers, construction workers, senior citizens, investment bankers and clergy who saw the recklessness and immorality of debt, redistribution, Washington waste, federal bailouts and ObamaCare. Nancy Pelosi couldn't have gotten it more wrong when...
  • IDF facing budget disaster; Yaíalon: ĎThe money is goneí

    05/08/2014 3:43:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 05.09.14, 01:13 | Alex Fishman
    Chief of Staff Benny Gantz is being careful of voicing the facts publicly, but Defense Minister Moshe Yaíalon has stepped up to the plate and told the truth of reality for him. ďThe money is gone. The defense apparatus is in crisis, and we need to loosen up the defense budget now,Ē Yaíalon said. Military officials have been debating whether or not to go to the media to address the problem. Their fear was not only public confrontation in front of the political leadership, but primarily the possible harm to the IDFźís deterrence capability. Ö
  • What Would A Republican Congress Do?

    05/05/2014 5:51:21 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 15 replies
    There are six months to go before the mid-term elections. Things are looking relatively good for the GOP. Obama’s poll numbers continue in the low 40′s. Generic ballots are moving in the Republicans direction. Obamacare continues to be unpopular and a major problem for Democrats. Even a supposedly good jobs report with a 6.3% unemployment rate has been offset by the government removing 800,000 people from the workforce and first quarter growth rate of 0.1%. All the polling for Obama and the Democrats indicate they are in a worse position heading into the 2014 midterms than they were heading into...
  • Just How Much Beyond the Presidential Salary Do The Obamas Spend on Travel and Vacays?

    05/01/2014 7:58:36 PM PDT · by Aria · 27 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 5/1/2014 | Michael Hausam
    Obama administration travel and vacation documents were released yesterday by Judicial Watch, and they reveal an unprecedented level of executive branch leisure spending. According to public information: ¬ďAs of 2001, the president earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001.¬Ē Obtained via a Freedom of Information request, here are some of the Obama presidency¬ís spending items: Since 2009, a total of $40,000,000 has been spent....
  • State Budget Process Allows For Plausible Deniability

    04/29/2014 10:28:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/24/2014 | Jack Spencer
    It might be spring in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, but in Lansing it is budget season. Michiganís budget process has changed under Gov. Rick Snyder. He uses omnibus budget bills and makes sure he will be able to claim the budget gets completed by June. This approach combines the budgets for all of the stateís departments into two big spending bills. One bill is for spending from Michiganís General Fund and the other is for spending from the School Aid Fund. Both include various forms of federal funding. Other sources, such as the money from Indian casinos and...
  • How Will the Ukraine Crisis Affect the Defense Budget?

    04/28/2014 3:23:46 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 4 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 28 Apr 14 | Charles S. Clark
    Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas Russian President Vladimir Putinís ongoing push into Ukraine represents a ďstartling brazenness not seen in history,Ē a top House defense thinker said on Monday. ďIt means we need to expand the range of military options for which we have to be prepared,Ē according to Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, a member of the Armed Service Committee. On a recent trip to Asia just ahead of President Obama, ďI heard that China is a rising power and the U.S. is a declining one, which doesnít mean conflict is inevitable, only that thereís the potential for increasing complexity,Ē...
  • Obamacare: Sicker than we thought

    04/25/2014 6:07:00 AM PDT · by NMRed · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/25/14 | William Tate
    For far too long, opponents of the Affordable Care Act focused on a malfunctioning website, which is akin to complaining that a guillotine's blade isn't sharp enough. The process doesn't really matter, if folks end up with their heads on platters. Even as Barack Obama does a NASCAR-like victory lap, claiming 8 million enrollees, there are ominous portents for his multi-trillion-dollar "signature" program. Mr. Obama might want to check the lug nuts before he spins another donut. Early reports show that folks signing up for health insurance through ACA exchanges are less healthy than expected, and that the high cost...