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  • Border wall funding likely to be put on hold

    03/28/2017 12:14:50 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/28/2017 | Alexander Bolton
    President Trump's funding request for a border wall will likely be put on hold, Senate Republican leaders signaled Tuesday. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced at a leadership press conference that Trump's supplemental funding request will wait until later in the year. He said the Senate and House leadership are very close to negotiating a bill to fund government for the rest of 2017. Adding a supplemental spending bill requested by Trump to pay for military activities and a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would complicate the talks and should be dealt with at...
  • Trump’s Budget That House Freedom Caucus Can Love

    03/27/2017 12:34:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2017 | Brian Darling
    Next fight – President Donald Trump’s skinny budget. There was a media frenzy over the now-dead American Health Care Act and the supposed Russian ties of certain top Trump advisors, but the biggest news to come out of the White House since the inauguration was drowned out: the outline of Donald Trump’s first budget. Conservatives have been divided in the battle over how to repeal Obamacare, yet they can be unified on supporting a budget that slashes funding of over a dozen different departments. President Trump’s first budget is a major step toward reducing federal overreach, but the fact that...
  • $10 Trillion Missing From Pentagon and No One — Not Even the DOD — Knows Where It Is

    03/27/2017 12:18:33 PM PDT · by blueyon · 71 replies
    Restoring Liberty by Joe Miller ^ | 3/26/17 | by Claire Bernish
    Over a mere two decades, the Pentagon lost track of a mind-numbing $10 trillion — that’s trillion, with a fat, taxpayer-funded “T” — and no one, not even the Department of Defense, knows where it went or on what it was spent. Even though audits of all federal agencies became mandatory in 1996, the Pentagon has apparently made itself an exception, and — fully 20 years later — stands obstinately orotund in never having complied. Because, as defense officials insist — summoning their best impudent adolescent — an audit would take too long and, unironically, cost too much.
  • Trump the Chumps

    03/23/2017 4:51:26 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/23/17 | Dr. Robert Owens
    President Trump's first budget is a down payment on a debt too big to be paid. This is it. This is the last chance we have of returning our nation to an agenda of America First. If the globalists among the perpetually re-elected twin headed bird of prey that is the best Congress money can buy along with their Deep State/Permanent Government allies can successfully thwart this attempt to make America Great Again, there will be no reprieve. The stenographers of the Democrat Party, the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBS Cartel media megaphone trumpets their fake news every day. Within hours this becomes the...
  • Eyeing Trump’s Budget Plan, Republican Governors Say 'No, Thanks'

    03/22/2017 12:18:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/22/2017 | Alexander Burns
    Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky was unrestrained in his praise for President Trump: Opening for him at a rally on Monday, Mr. Bevin, a conservative Republican, echoed Mr. Trump’s “America First” slogan and only gently noted the nagging divisions in their party. “We now have a president and a Congress that are united in party, and yet we still have disagreements among us,” Mr. Bevin said, insisting, “This is healthy and good.” In private, Mr. Bevin has been blunter about the party’s disagreements. Just days before appearing with Mr. Trump in Louisville, he joined a conference call with the president’s...
  • Trump’s Budget: Valuing Military Over Energy

    03/22/2017 10:57:37 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 9 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-03-2017 | Nick
    Last week President Trump unveiled his budget blueprint, which detailed savage cuts to most areas of discretionary spending while boosting defense outlays by a whopping $54 billion. Nearly all government agencies were major losers under the President’s budget, except for those dealing with defense and border security. The Department of Energy would see a 5.6 percent cut, or a reduction of $1.7 billion. But digging into those numbers, certain areas of DOE were winners while others were losers. Areas of DOE dealing with clean energy, smart grid technologies, and electric vehicles are either entirely eliminated or suffer steep cuts. Meanwhile,...
  • Kindest Cuts

    03/22/2017 5:02:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2017 | Jonn Stossel
    "Devastating!" shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending "conservative" congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts "draconian, careless and counterproductive." But Trump's cuts are good! Why do politicians always assume that government spending helps people? It always has unintended consequences. Foreign aid is attached to idealistic notions like ending global poverty and making friends abroad. Politicians also thought that by rewarding countries that behave well, America could steer the whole world toward responsible practices like holding elections and allowing companies (especially U.S. companies) to operate without interference. The young nation of Israel could be propped...
  • The Meals On Wheels Lie Keeps Rolling Along

    03/21/2017 6:41:13 PM PDT · by 198ml · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | 3/21/17 | IBD
    Let's start with a basic fact. Contrary to news reports last week, President Trump is not eliminating funding for Meals on Wheels. He's not even cutting it. How do we know this? Meals on Wheels says so. A statement issued by Meals on Wheels America on Thursday notes that 35% of the revenues at the 5,000 or so local Meals on Wheels programs come via the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program. Trump's budget outline says nothing about this program whatsoever.
  • Trump Budget Drains the Swamp

    03/21/2017 4:34:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2017 | Stephen Moore
    Everyone in Washington hates Donald Trump's new budget. So it must have something going for it. This is a budget plan that will surgically remove trillions of dollars of wasteful spending from the obese $3.9 trillion federal budget. Many agencies will have to live with cuts of 5, 10 and 30 percent, while other outdated, duplicative or unproductive programs will go to the graveyard. It's a gutsy document that takes on the hoards of special-interest groups that populate Washington, D.C. The Washington metropolitan workforce will shrink, and so the town is in cardiac arrest. The Washington Post quoted an...
  • Professor: Trump Building Wall Because Mexicans "Can Go [Expletive] Themselves"

    03/18/2017 1:50:24 PM PDT · by rightistight · 44 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 3/18/17 | Aurelius
    On his personal blog, Assistant Professor of Humanities at Shimer College Adam Kotsko argued that the real reason behind the "extreme vetting" proposed by President Trump, as well as the reason the President has proposed building a wall between the United States and Mexico, is that "we don’t owe them anything and they can go [expletive] themselves." Professor Kotsko detailed his beliefs in an article titled, "How will we know it’s over?" Professor Kotsko "The Trump budget proposal is a nightmare — petty and vindictive, short-sighted and cruel," he begins his piece. "Inexpensive programs that literally save lives are being...
  • Trump Budget Slashes DOL Funding 20 Percent

    03/18/2017 4:12:22 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 10 replies
    Washinton Free Bacon ^ | 03/17/2017 | Bill McMorris
    Admin says cuts target 'activities that are duplicative, unnecessary, unproven, or ineffective' Donald Trump's budget calls for a 21 percent cut to the Department of Labor in order to free up tax dollars for military spending. {..snip..}
  • An Excellent Start! These 19 Agencies Completely Defunded by Trump Budget

    03/18/2017 3:57:08 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 63 replies
    Politistick ^ | March 18, 2017 | Matthew K. Burke
    It’s not law yet, and it doesn’t cut overall spending that much. Nor does it significantly cut the deficit or come close to balancing the budget, which will never come under control until the 800 lb. elephant in the room — “entitlements” — are gutted dramatically. And it doesn’t go as far as I would in slashing and burning the DC bureaucracy — largely unconstitutional — a giant sucking sound of redistribution of wealth from hardworking Americans to the blood-sucking leeches in the nation’s capitol. {..snip..}
  • Trump's Budget Turns 'Policies Into Numbers'

    03/18/2017 5:12:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2017 | Debra J. Saunders
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump presented a radically different budget blueprint to Congress on Thursday. The new plan would increase defense spending by $54 billion and fund the increase with targeted cuts in other discretionary spending. What makes the $1.1 trillion budget truly unique, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters before the rollout, is that "we wrote it using the president's own words. We went through his speeches, we went through articles that have been written about his policies, we talked to him, and we wanted to know what his policies were, and we turned those...
  • Big Bird Is Rich, So Why Does He Need Taxpayer Money?

    03/17/2017 12:28:58 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/17/2017 | John Merline
    As night follows day, defenders of big government trotted out "Sesame Street's" Big Bird as the poster child of President Trump's terrible spending cuts. The Daily Beast story on Trump's budget proposal to cut taxpayer funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting features an ax-wielding man about to chop Big Bird's head off. Politico has a story titled "Can Big Bird Survive Trump?" In a "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" segment mocking Trump's budget, Donald Trump fires Big Bird. These folks would do well to find a new mascot. Big Bird is big business, and doesn't need taxpayer money to survive. First,...
  • CNN panel explodes over the effect of Trump’s budget on black communities

    03/17/2017 4:11:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 17, 2017 | Carlos Garcia
    A panel of black political commentators on CNN imploded Thursday into a screaming match as they discussed the effect of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts could have on the black community. As the panel discussed the cuts, Paris Dennard, a Trump supporter, pointed out that HBCUs, the acronym for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, were not included in the list of proposed cuts. But host Don Lemon found the HBCU argument to be less important than other social programs. “So a lot of people say HBCUs are important,” Lemon declared, “but there are a lot of people watching here...
  • Big Government Republicans Rebuke Trump Budget

    03/17/2017 12:56:12 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 44 replies
    Kentucky Republican congressman Hal Rogers, who has spent more than three decades on the House Appropriations Committee, including six years as the chairman, rejected President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget as Congress begins consideration of the president’s rearrangement of priorities. “While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the President’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,” said Rogers, one of the so-called “cardinals,” the nickname for the lawmakers controlling how federal money is spent. Rogers said he was concerned about cuts to programs in...
  • Meals on Wheels’ donations, volunteer sign-ups soar after Trump eyes cuts

    03/17/2017 12:18:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    KSWB-TV ^ | March 17, 2017 | CNN Wire
    Meals on Wheels received 50 times the typical amount of daily donations on Thursday after the White House proposed cuts to some of the program’s sources of funding, a spokesperson for the group said. Volunteer sign-ups also jumped, increasing by 500%, according to Jenny Bertolette, a spokeswoman for Meals on Wheels America. Bertolette said the support to the national Meals on Wheels office has been “amazing” and “very overwhelming.” She said local programs raise funds individually, but she theorized that “there was likely a groundswell of local support, as well.” The outpouring of support comes shortly after the White House’s...
  • Hey Liberals: Stop Saying That Trump's Budget Will Kill Meals On Wheels

    03/17/2017 8:33:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/17/2017 | Erik Sherman
    There is much about the Trump administration's actions and decisions that could reasonably concern one. The latest block of information to digest has been the budget blueprint, which is an unrealistic fiction of what the country needs and where to most effectively spend money. Criticism is fine and necessary. However, there is a tendency for people who oppose Trump, and, sadly, for journalists covering the administration, to jump into every utterance and decision with, as a public policy Spinal Tap think tank would say, the dial turned up to 11. A clear example is the claim in some media outlets...
  • Trump's Drain-The-Swamp Budget Puts GOP Lawmakers To The Test

    03/17/2017 4:39:56 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/16/2017 | Staff
    Fiscal Policy: President Trump has clearly brought his business acumen to bear when crafting his first budget proposal, producing the most gimmick-free, strategic, focused — and deeply conservative — spending plan we've ever seen. The White House had already revealed the basic outline of Trump's budget plan: He intended to cut domestic program by $54 billion so he could fund a much-needed boost in military spending. The "skinny budget" he released on Thursday provides details as to where those spending cuts will come from. Every agency except Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs is targeted for reductions that range up...
  • Glenn Beck Praises Trump’s Budget Cuts: ‘I’m So Pro-Trump Right Now’

    03/16/2017 6:56:58 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 164 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 16 Mar 2017
    Outspoken Trump critic Glenn Beck praised President Trump’s proposed federal budget on his radio show Thursday, declaring himself “pro-Trump” after highlighting the president’s proposed spending cuts. The radio host gleefully read out a list of some of the agencies and programs Trump’s budget would cut, including the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and so on. “And my favorite: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars,” he said, concluding the list. Beck, who has written and spoken extensively about his dislike of President Woodrow Wilson, joked with his co-hosts...
  • President Trump’s Conservative Budget

    03/16/2017 9:53:18 PM PDT · by TBP · 11 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | March 16, 2017 | Erick Erickson
    President Trump has released his budget. It would spend $1.1 trillion in 2018 and increase military spending by $54 billion. To offset that spending and to bring down the cost and size of government, President Trump is seeking impressive cuts in other areas. The President would eliminate federal spending for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Both are worth doing. Already the left is trotting out Big Bird hoping we all forget Big Bird now belongs to HBO. We do not need the CPB or NPR to be government funded. The State Department, EPA,...
  • Meals on Wheels is ‘not showing any results’ only if you ignore all these results

    03/16/2017 8:20:36 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 60 replies
    https://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 03/16/2017 | By Christopher Ingraham
    At a news conference Thursday, Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s budget chief, defended proposed cuts to the Meals on Wheels program, which provides food aid to needy senior citizens, by saying the program is one of many that is “just not showing any results.” Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit group that receives funding from the federal government, state and local governments and private donors. “We serve more than 2.4 million seniors from 60 to 100+ years old each year,” the organization writes. “They are primarily older than 60 and because of physical limitations or financial reasons, have difficulty shopping for...
  • Black lawmakers offer alternative to Trump's 'America First' budget

    03/16/2017 5:25:53 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 20 replies
    The Charlotte Post ^ | March 16, 2017 | Herbert L. White
    African-American lawmakers aren’t pleased with President Donald Trump’s “America First” budget. The Congressional Black Caucus, which released its alternative spending plan for fiscal year 2018, contends Trump’s $1.1 trillion wish list, which calls for a $54 billion increase for defense and cuts nearly everywhere else, will hurt middle- and lower-income Americans and stymie economic growth. CBC leaders ripped Trump’s budget for putting tax breaks for the rich ahead of helping the poor. “President Trump calls his proposal the ‘America First’ budget,” said U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), “but this plan puts many Americans last.” Ultimately, Congress is responsible for deciding...
  • Trump Releases His First Budget Blueprint: Here Are The Winners And Losers (A Visual Summary)

    03/16/2017 3:34:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/16/2017
    Update: echoing comments made by Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the top House Democrat said that the Trump budget proposal is "dead on arrival."* * *Today at 7am, Trump released his "skinny budget", his administration's first federal budget blueprint revealing the President's plan to dramatically reduce the size of the government. As previewed last night, the document calls for deep cuts at departments and agencies that would eliminate entire programs and slash the size of the federal workforce. It also proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending, which...
  • President Trump’s Budget Terminates Funding For Independent Agencies

    03/16/2017 2:58:28 PM PDT · by davikkm · 22 replies
    IWB ^ | Gabrielle Seunagal
    President Trump made headlines once again after his budget plan was released to the public. The plan will eliminate funding for the arts, public media, and additional independent agencies such as the African Development Foundation, the Delta Regional Authority, and many others. A plethora of Americans expressed their dismay at these groups losing their government funding, while others noted the budget’s ability to reduce a portion of America’s national debt. As one individual stated, we are trillions of dollars in debt and the President has to make certain budget cuts as a means of reduction. They went on to slam...
  • Donald Trump Budget Slashes Funds for E.P.A. and State Department

    03/16/2017 2:13:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 15, 2017 | GLENN THRUSH and CORAL DAVENPORT
    President Trump’s budget blueprint for the coming fiscal year would slash the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent and cut State Department spending by a similar amount in a brash upending of the government’s priorities, according to congressional staff members familiar with the plan. The budget outline, to be unveiled on Thursday, is more of a broad political statement than a detailed plan for spending and taxation. But it represents Mr. Trump’s first real effort to translate his bold but vague campaign themes into the minutiae of governance. The president would funnel $54 billion in additional funding into defense programs,...
  • Pelosi: Trump budget a 'slap in the face'

    03/16/2017 10:01:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 16, 2017 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hammered the Trump administration's new budget proposal on Thursday, framing the president's federal spending blueprint as an immoral demolition of government that's doomed in Congress. "I don't see how this budget can survive the light of day," Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. "This budget is really a slap in the face of the future." [Snip] "This is systemic deconstruction of the federal government." [Snip] "As low as my expectations have been, this budget really goes beyond," she said. "While it may be a statement of President Trump's values, I hope...
  • Trump Releases His First Budget Blueprint: Here Are The Winners And Losers

    03/16/2017 6:30:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/16/17 | Tyler Durden
    In a proposal with many losers, the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department stand out as targets for the biggest spending reductions. Funding would disappear altogether for 19 independent bodies that count on federal money for public broadcasting, the arts and regional issues from Alaska to Appalachia. Trump's budget outline is a bare-bones plan covering just "discretionary" spending for the 2018 fiscal year starting on Oct. 1. It is the first volley in what is expected to be an intense battle over spending in coming months in Congress, which holds the federal purse strings and seldom approves presidents' budget plans....
  • Trump Budget Proposes Killing All Funding for PBS, NPR and National Endowment for the Arts

    03/16/2017 5:16:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 169 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 03/16/17 | Thom Geier
    President Donald Trump made good on a long-time conservative goal in his first proposed budget Thursday morning, targeting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities for complete elimination. Trump’s budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a substantial source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide, per the Washington Post. The budget would also eliminate the budgets for both national endowments, which stood at $148 million each in 2016, as well as $230 million for the Institute...
  • Trump to State Dept.: Let's cut funding of the UN by 50 percent

    03/15/2017 9:57:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/15/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Halfway there.... It’s not a gigantic line item in the federal budget, but don’t get caught up in the Washington way of thinking: A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money! It’s $10 billion. That’s lots and lots and lots of real money. And while cutting half of it might only be a blip on the radar screen as far as the overall federal budget is concerned, it’s would represent around 10 percent of the UN’s budget if Trump and Tillerson really do eliminate it.
  • House debates firing Public Safety director through budget (SC)

    03/14/2017 10:10:36 AM PDT · by davikkm · 3 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | SEANNA ADCOX
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislators are debating whether to fire the director of South Carolina’s Department of Public Safety through the state budget. A budget amendment proposed Tuesday would eliminate the director’s position and reduce the agency’s funding, effectively firing Leroy Smith. Democratic Rep. Russell Ott says that’s a decision for the governor.
  • Dems Threaten to Shut Down Government, Media Yawn; Scolded GOP in 2013 for Shutdown

    03/13/2017 5:18:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | March 13, 2017 | Kristine Marsh
    Who can forget when the media spent endless days of outrage hyperventilating that Republicans would “shutdown the government” in 2013? Well the media had quite the opposite reaction Monday when Democrats threatened to do the same thing, not even two months into Trump’s presidency.n a letter to Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell Monday, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats warned Republicans that they would obstruct any budget that allowed funding for a border wall or took away funding from the EPA, before the current resolution to fund the government is up April 28. Schumer has made similar threats...
  • Di Leo: The Deep State -- an Institutional Barrier Against Draining the Swamp

    03/07/2017 6:11:27 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 6, 2017 | John F. Di Leo
    Di Leo: The Deep State -- an Institutional Barrier Against Draining the Swamp By John F. Di Leo - As the Trump Administration began, two terms took over our discourse, from keyboard warriors on social media to the formal political theorists of the mainstream media. These two terms are not exactly antonyms, as one is a verb and the other is a gerund, but they certainly are diametrically opposed to each other: Draining the Swamp on the one hand, and the Deep State on the other. Draining the Swamp was easy to say, easy to understand, easy to cheer for....
  • Pentagon Spokesman Discusses ISIS Preliminary Plan, Budget Amendment

    03/01/2017 3:21:27 AM PST · by Candor7 · 14 replies
    U.S. Department of Defense Search ^ | 02/28/2017 08:48 PM CST | Cheryl Pellerin
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will present a preliminary version of the Pentagon’s new plan to rapidly defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria during a meeting of the White House Principals Committee today, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said here this morning. The Cabinet-level senior interagency forum, which usually does not include the president, already has received copies of the classified report, which Davis described as a framework for a broader global plan. President Donald J. Trump requested the plan in a Jan. 28 presidential memorandum. “This is not just a military plan,” he told...
  • Morning Joe Panel Terrified That Trump Wants to Win Wars

    02/28/2017 4:54:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 28, 2017 | Jackson Richman
    On Morning Joe Tuesday, the panel discussed President Donald Trump's upcoming address that evening to a joint-session of Congress. The speech expected to cover his latest budget proposal, including a $54 billion increase in defense spending from which the panel deduced that the Commander-in-Chief "does not sound like a peace-time president." "That is a tremendous amount of money to spend on ramping up the military," ​ New York Times political reporter Jeremy Peters said. "$54 billion. That does not to me sound like a peace-time president." Co-host Mika Brezinski looked to hype Trump as erratic and said, "When you hear it in its totality from a president who undermines judiciary, president who flouts First Amendment...
  • White House Proposes Cutting State Department Budget by One-Third (37%)

    02/28/2017 11:18:52 AM PST · by Red Steel · 24 replies
    Fox Business ^ | Feb. 28th, 2017 | Felicia Schwartz
    The Trump administration is proposing to cut spending by 37% for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budget, according to a person familiar with the budget deliberations. ... One U.S. official said that the State Department is looking at development assistance to other countries as a significant source for the cuts.
  • Trump to propose 24 percent cut in EPA spending: reports

    02/27/2017 5:16:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2017 | Devin Henry
    The Trump administration plans to propose a one-forth to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, a plan that would end up laying off 20 percent of the agency’s staffers, according to reports. Trump officials will propose a $6.1 billion for the EPA next year, a $2 billion cut from current levels, according to reports in E&E News and Politico , citing sources. The agency’s staffing levels would fall to 12,000 workers, from 15,000 currently, according to the reports. An EPA spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. The proposed spending levels at the EPA...
  • Trump's “Skinny” Budget Would Increase Hunger, Poverty

    02/27/2017 2:36:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Business Wire ^ | February 27, 2017 | Chris Ford, Bread for the World
    Bread for the World warned that the current FY 2018 budget outline drafted by President Donald J. Trump would worsen hunger and poverty in the U.S. and abroad. The cuts to domestic social safety net programs and foreign aid are aimed to boost the Pentagon’s budget by 10 percent. “President Trump is proposing slashing programs that help hungry and poor people,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “These programs include nutrition assistance in the U.S. and aid to poor and hungry people around the world. This comes when 20 million people are at risk of famine...
  • Trump to call for substantial increase in military spending, cuts to several federal agencies

    02/26/2017 7:33:53 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | February 26, 2017 | Jeremy Diamond
    President Donald Trump will call for a substantial increase in military spending and look to safeguard Social Security and Medicare from any cuts in his first major step toward compiling a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday. The White House on Monday will issue the outlines of a budget proposal to federal agencies, a document that has largely been drafted by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, the official said. The budget outline will also call for spending cuts to several federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. The...
  • Social Security paid a billion dollars to people with no SS numbers

    02/23/2017 8:15:02 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2017 | Rick Moran
    Here's a tale of government waste involving all the usual suspects: incompetence, indifference, and laziness. The inspector general for the Social Security Administration discovered that a billion dollars in benefits was paid to people who had no Social Security numbers.  The benefits were paid to "representative payees" – people who were accepting benefit checks on behalf of another because the beneficiary was unable to manage his Social Security payments by himself. Seventeen percent of these representative payees were illegal aliens, according to the audit. Washington Times: Over the last decade, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who "did...
  • Montana budget picture starts shaping up amid cash shortfall

    02/23/2017 1:46:58 PM PST · by davikkm
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A budget analysis shows the work that the Montana Legislature has done so far this session would leave the state in the black financially but with about half the cash reserves that Gov. Steve Bullock wants. The preliminary analysis released Wednesday shows budget subcommittees cutting $46 million more in general fund spending than the governor’s budget proposal. The state would have $159 million in reserves in 2019, compared with the $300 million cushion Bullock is seeking.
  • Former Heritage Scholar Is Now Drafting Trump's First Budget 

    02/20/2017 7:53:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | February 20th, 2017
    Paul Winfree, former director of Heritage's Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, is serving as the White House’s director of budget policy and deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council. Winfree was appointed to the high-profile job during President Donald Trump's transition. 
  • Brownback Asks Trump To Save Some Kansas Highway Projects

    02/19/2017 11:10:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    KCUR 89.3 ^ | January 26, 2017 | Jim McLean & Sam Zeff
    Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is hoping the federal government can rescue several critical infrastructure projects that the state can no longer afford.The Brownback administration recently sent what amounts to a wish list to President Donald Trump for inclusion in his planned infrastructure initiative. It includes the following $240 million in highway and bridge projects delayed or abandoned because of the state’s ongoing budget problems: $50 million to replace a section of the Lewis and Clark Viaduct that carries Interstate 70 across the Kansas River between Kansas and Missouri.$91 million to build an I-235 interchange in Wichita.$45 million to reconstruct...
  • PBS, NEA, AmeriCorps on the chopping block in Trump’s first budget

    02/18/2017 9:42:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/18/2017 | John Sexton
    The New York Times reported yesterday that the White House budget office has prepared a list of programs that could be eliminated in Trump’s first budget proposal. Among those programs are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities and AmeriCorps. From the NY Times: Work on the first Trump administration budget has been delayed as the budget office awaited Senate confirmation of former Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, as budget director. Now that he is in place, his office is ready to move ahead with a list of nine programs to eliminate,...
  • NANCY PELOSI IS LIVID ABOUT TRUMP'S BUDGET DIRECTOR'S 'RADICAL' PLAN TO REIN IN DC SPENDING

    02/17/2017 2:00:04 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 91 replies
    In a press briefing Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (F, 10%) attacked Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. (A, 94%) for having a “radical agenda” and “very bad judgement in terms of values in a budget.” While Pelosi was giving her press conference, Mulvaney was confirmed by the Senate, 51-49, as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Only one Republican, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (F, 32%) voted against confirming Mulvaney. “You remember — some of you were here — for the shutdown of government a few years ago? Mulvaney was the leader of the pack. And he...
  • With money tight, Texas budget writers eyeing billions approved by voters for roads

    02/13/2017 10:16:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | February 13, 2017 | Jim Malewitz and Brandon Formby
    More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5 billion should move forward as planned. Texans voted in 2015 to boost funding for state’s public roadways and bridges, which have strained under the state’s growing population. Proposition 7 — loudly cheered by top Texas leaders and supported by 83 percent of voters — changed the state constitution to route some taxes collected on car sales to the State Highway Fund. But in an unusually tightfisted legislative session, some Texas lawmakers are...
  • Trump’s surprise cost-cutting target: The first lady’s staff

    02/10/2017 7:57:33 PM PST · by EveningStar · 63 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | February 10, 2017 | Anita Kumar
    As President Donald Trump searches for ways to cut costs at the White House, he has set his sights on the first lady’s office. Trump is considering reducing the number of jobs in that office, which has grown to up to 20 employees in recent administrations, according to three people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly about the deliberations. Anita McBride, who served in the last three Republican White Houses, including as chief of staff to former first lady Laura Bush, said any potential cutbacks might be consistent with the limited number of projects...
  • Brownback’s plan to sweep more highway money faces pushback

    02/06/2017 8:07:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | January 14, 2017 | Dion Lefler and Bryan Lowry
    Larry Hauth has a farm in Coffey County and a daughter in Wichita. Good roads are kind of important to him. So he’s disturbed by the ongoing and accelerating trend of the state taking money out of the highway fund to balance the rest of its budget. “One of the things Kansas has going for it, compared to our surrounding states, is our road system,” Hauth said. “When they built them in years past, they were thinking ahead. I don’t think we’re thinking ahead right now. We’re trying to tread water, at best.” Gov. Sam Brownback wants to take nearly...
  • California schools may face cuts amid skyrocketing pension costs

    01/24/2017 7:03:17 AM PST · by george76 · 57 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jill Tucker
    Public schools around California are bracing for a crisis driven by skyrocketing worker pension costs that are expected to force districts to divert billions of dollars from classrooms into retirement accounts, education officials said. The depth of the funding gap became clear to district leaders when they returned from the holiday break: What they contribute to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, known as CalPERS, will likely double within six years, according to state estimates. CalPERS, a public pension fund with $300 billion in assets that is the country’s largest, manages retirement benefits for 1.8 million current and former city,...
  • Will Republicans Tank Trump's Spending Cuts?

    01/24/2017 2:53:40 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 44 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/23/2017 | Staff
    Fiscal Policy: President Trump hasn't released a detailed budget plan yet, but already some Republicans are signaling their disinterest in making deep cuts to federal spending. The biggest obstacle to the conservative parts of Trump's agenda could be his own party. Trump hasn't been shy about wanting to see big changes in federal spending. Shortly before taking the oath of office, news came out that he is aiming for 10% spending cuts and a 20% cut in federal staffing. On his first full day in the White House, he announced a halt to hiring federal workers and a freeze on...