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  • 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 Many agencies will have to live with cuts of 5, 10 and 30 percent, while other outdated, duplicative or unproductive programs will go to the graveyard.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...
  • What Trump’s Budget Could Mean for the Affected Agencies

    03/17/2017 10:24:04 AM PDT · by Maceman · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/16/2017 | ALAN RAPPEPORT
    WASHINGTON — President Trump’s first federal budget proposal calls for spending billions of dollars on the military and border security while imposing deep cuts to government departments that deal with the environment, diplomacy, the arts, science and cities. White House budgets are largely political documents that set out presidential priorities, and most of the cuts that Mr. Trump is asking for are unlikely to happen. But some of them could. As Congress weighs Mr. Trump’s requests, industry leaders who are facing a loss of federal funding are starting to sound the alarm about the dire situations they could be facing.
  • OMB Director Mulvaney: Climate Change Research ‘A Waste of Your Money’

    03/16/2017 6:59:41 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 32 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 16 Mar 2017
    Thursday at the White House press briefing while answering questions about President Donald Trump’s “America First Budget,” Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney called climate change research “a waste of your money” regarding proposed cuts in that area. “Again, this comes back to the President’s business person view of government, which is if you took over this as a CEO and you look at this on a spreadsheet, and you go, ‘Why do we have all of these facilities? Why do we have seven when we can do the same job with three? Won’t that save money?'” he...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Which State Are The Biggest "Moochers"?

    03/14/2017 7:39:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/14/2017 | Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute,
    Since Donald Trump's election, some leftists have been trotting out analyses showing that many states that voted for Trump are also states where federal spending plays a disproportionately large role in the statewide economy. In other words, many of those states that talk a lot about states rights and less federal government - it is pointed out - also receive an especially large amount of federal spending in that state. In many cases, this claim is correct. As this mises.org analysis shows, many states within the Trump heartland are what many might call "moocher states" because the residents there - taken...
  • Trump Mulls Even Deeper Cuts To EPA’s Budget

    03/14/2017 10:17:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The Trump administration is contemplating even deeper cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget than what’s already been reported by news outlets. President Donald Trump’s budget proposal called for cutting EPA’s budget 25 percent, or $2 billion, and reducing the agency’s workforce 20 percent, or 3,000 employees. EPA global warming programs, grants to environmental groups and state grants are reportedly on the chopping block. But now the White House is mulling even deeper cuts, a source familiar with budget talks told Axios. The source told Axios “[s]enior Trump officials consider the EPA the leading edge of the administration’s plans...
  • Trump wants UN funds cut more than 50 percent: report [Globalists on suicide watch]

    03/13/2017 5:21:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/13/17 | Mark Hensch
    President Trump’s administration has told the State Department to cut more than 50 percent of U.S. funding to United Nations programs, Foreign Policy reported. The push for the drastic reductions comes as the White House is scheduled to release its 2018 topline budget proposal Thursday, which is expected to include a 37 percent cut to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budgets. It's not clear if Trump's budget plan, from the Office of Management and Budget, would reflect the full extent of Trump's proposed cuts to the U.N. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has suggested phasing in...
  • White House Seeks to Cut Billions in Funding for United Nations

    03/13/2017 6:37:06 PM PDT · by Mariner · 83 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 13th, 2017 | BY COLUM LYNCH
    State Department staffers have been instructed to seek cuts in excess of 50 percent in U.S. funding for U.N. programs, signaling an unprecedented retreat by President Donald Trump’s administration from international operations that keep the peace, provide vaccines for children, monitor rogue nuclear weapons programs, and promote peace talks from Syria to Yemen, according to three sources. The push for such draconian measures comes as the White House is scheduled on Thursday to release its 2018 budget proposal, which is expected to include cuts of up to 37 percent for spending on the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International...
  • Homeland Security Rationing Ammo to Agents in the Field

    03/13/2017 1:53:31 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 35 replies
    WND ^ | March 12 2017 | STEVE PEACOCK
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it possesses a “limited amount” of 9mm bullets for agents in the field as well as for training purposes, and it is rationing its ammunition based on internal requests until it can award a new contract. [ ] The apparent role poor planning, or another agenda, played in the issue came to light when ICE said it would have run out of 9mm ammo by June 2017 in the absence of a modified contract with its supplier, Vista Outdoor Inc. So, the agency last month approved a $363,307 ceiling increase to contract No. HSCEMS-11-D-00002....
  • Media Freaks After Trump Decreases National Debt by $12 Billion (Includes Data From U.S. Treasury)

    02/25/2017 4:16:53 PM PST · by Rufus Shinra · 21 replies
    Trump Conservative ^ | 2/25/2017 | Rufus Shinra
    President Trump has done what has seemed like an impossible task for recent administrations, and that is to actually curb government spending and reduce the national debt by $12 Billion during his first month in office. Trump announced his achievement of reducing the national debt by sending out a tweet, which quickly caused the media to scramble for stories that could diminish this financial victory. The day before Trump was sworn into office, January 20, 2017, the national debt was $19,947 billion. A month later on February 21, 2017, the US debt was reduced to $19,935 billion, a decrease of...
  • Congress Slashes Funding For NASA’s Global Warming Research

    02/21/2017 9:16:00 AM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/20/17 | Andrew Follett
    The U.S. Senate passed legislation recently cutting funding for NASA’s global warming research. The House is expected to pass the bill, and President Trump will likely sign it. Supporters say it “re-balances” NASA’s budget back toward space exploration and away from global warming and earth science research. Republicans plan to end the more than $2 billion NASA spends on its Earth Science Mission Directorate. “By rebalancing, I’d like for more funds to go into space exploration; we’re not going to zero out earth sciences,” Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, told...
  • Taxpayer-Funded Study Asked if People Could Smell ‘Asparagus Pee’

    02/14/2017 6:28:37 AM PST · by kevcol · 59 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 14, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A taxpayer-funded study set to find out if people can smell their own "asparagus pee." Researchers at Harvard on two active studies that received over $3 million last year surveyed nearly 7,000 people to determine if their urine smelled funny after eating the vegetable. The results were published in the BMJ scientific journal . . . The results concluded a "large proportion of individuals of European-American descent cannot smell ‘asparagus pee'—the unpleasant odor present in urine after people eat asparagus," according to the T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
  • D.C. region braces for shock from Trump effect on spending, federal workforce

    02/12/2017 6:56:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/12/17 | Robert McCartney
    The Washington region’s prospects aren’t all bad under the Trump administration. A top local economist joked at a recent business conference that demonstrators flocking to rallies in the District will drop bundles of cash, spurring growth from “protest tourism.” But the area is bracing for shock at the hands of a reinvent-the-rules president who routinely insults the city and a Republican-led Congress that for years has sought to shrink the federal government that is the area’s principal employer. Officials and analysts expect sharp cuts in federal nondefense spending, which would strain local budgets nationwide and pose a particular threat to...
  • Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget

    01/26/2017 9:35:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2017 5:46 PM EST | Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein
    The former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts. Myron Ebell said in an interview with The Associated Press that Trump is likely to seek significant reductions to the agency’s workforce — currently about 15,000 employees nationwide. Ebell, who left the transition team last week, declined to discuss specific numbers of EPA staff that could be targeted for pink slips. Asked what he would personally like to see, however, Ebell said slashing the agency’s size by about half would be a...
  • Trump, GOP set to battle on spending cuts

    01/23/2017 7:27:15 AM PST · by Mariner · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23rd, 2017 | By Alexander Bolton
    Donald Trump may be headed into a big fight with Republican lawmakers with his plans for dramatic cuts to federal spending. Trump transition officials are combing through conservative budgets to find ways to save money in an effort to get rid of the “tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” that Trump pledged to eliminate during the campaign. Many of the proposals that Trump’s team are reviewing would gain support from a majority of conservative House Republicans, who have sought to cut the federal deficit by scrapping government programs they view as unnecessary. But some of Trump’s targets have fans in the...
  • Trump team prepares dramatic cuts

    01/19/2017 7:04:20 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 23 replies
    Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending. Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned. The changes they propose are dramatic. The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the...
  • Obama Was First President to Spend More on Welfare Than Defense

    01/21/2017 9:12:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 20, 2017 | 2:52 PM EST | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Barack Obama was the first president of the United States to spend more on “means-tested entitlements”—AKA welfare—than on national defense, according to data published by his own Office of Management and Budget. Historical tables that the OMB posted on the Obama White House website, include annual totals for both “national defense” spending and “means-tested entitlement” spending going back to fiscal 1962—which is three years before President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating the Medicaid program, a means-tested entitlement that together with the Children’s Health Insurance Program enrolled 74,407,191 beneficiaries as of November 2016. In every year from fiscal 1962 through fiscal...
  • Ted Cruz has announced that he will stand against funding the United Nations...

    12/27/2016 11:19:14 AM PST · by yoe · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 25,1016 | Joel B. Pollak
    The rest of the title.....until the resolution is reversed! Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted on Saturday that he would oppose funding for the United Nations until the UN Security Council reversed an anti-Israel resolution that it approved on Friday, with the acquiescence of the Obama administration.The resolution not only describes the Israeli presence across the 1949 armistice line as illegal — including in the Old City of Jerusalem — but also encourages countries to target Israeli settlements for boycotts. The Obama administration had vetoed a similar resolution five years ago, taking the traditional U.S. position that the dispute between Israelis...
  • Who’s Going to Pay for Trump’s Huge Infrastructure Plans?

    11/20/2016 10:02:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 81 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 14, 2016 | Mark Joffe
    A rare point of agreement between President-Elect Trump and Congressional Democrats is that America has an infrastructure deficit: The nation’s transportation, power, water and sewerage facilities are too often outdated and unable to reliably serve a growing population. But while the diagnosis crosses party lines, solutions are more controversial. Democrats may not be too worried about the recent increase in federal deficits, but Republicans who have made an issue of the national debt will be reluctant to produce more red ink. Likewise, tax increases to pay for new federal construction spending are off the table under Trump and a Republican-controlled...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘No $ For UN’ Until Anti-Israel Resolution Reversed

    12/25/2016 10:10:49 AM PST · by blam · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-25-2016 | Joel Pollak
    Joel B. PollakDecember 25, 2016 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted on Saturday that he would oppose funding for the United Nations until the UN Security Council reversed an anti-Israel resolution that it approved on Friday, with the acquiescence of the Obama administration. The resolution not only describes the Israeli presence across the 1949 armistice line as illegal — including in the Old City of Jerusalem — but also encourages countries to target Israeli settlements for boycotts. The Obama administration had vetoed a similar resolution five years ago, taking the traditional U.S. position that the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians is...
  • SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $60 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS

    12/23/2016 11:05:49 AM PST · by mdittmar · 28 replies
    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer ^ | 12.22.16 | U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand
    SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $60 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 38 UPSTATE NEW YORK COUNTIES WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $60 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 38 UPSTATE NEW YORK COUNTIES WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS  Funding Will Be Used to Help Non-Profits, Local Governments Relocate Homeless Individuals & Families, Promote Self-Sufficiency Programs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $60,177,796 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for 38 counties across Upstate NY that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD’s Continuum of...
  • Boeing CEO vows to build new Air Force One for less after Trump complaints

    12/21/2016 7:00:51 PM PST · by LUV W · 35 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 21, 2016 | Edmund DeMarche, Contributor
    What makes the Air Force One program so costly? The CEO of Boeing told President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday that his company can build a new Air Force One for less than originally quoted -- after Trump complained about the cost. Earlier this month, Trump made headlines for blasting the company on Twitter for alleged cost overruns with the new fleet of Air Force One planes. Trump called on the government to cancel the contract and called the supposed $4 billion price tag out of control.
  • Trump team asks State Dept. what it spends on international environmental efforts

    12/21/2016 10:03:15 AM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/20/16 | Juliet Eilperin and Carol Morello
    Donald Trump’s presidential transition team has asked State Department officials to disclose how much money it provides each year to international environmental groups. It’s the latest example of how the incoming administration is reassessing the U.S. government’s approach to tackling climate change and other environmental priorities. As part of a list of questions posed last week to the department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, according to multiple people familiar with the matter, the Trump landing team asked, “How much does the Department of State contribute annually to international environmental organizations in which the department participates?” The...
  • Trump budget chief nominee Mick Mulvaney a huge advocate of spending cuts

    12/19/2016 11:36:40 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/19/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Game changer Of all the excellent cabinet and staff picks Donald Trump has announced thus far, there may be none bigger than the choice of U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-South Carolina) as director of the Office of Management and Budget. The federal government faces no more urgent challenge than $20 trillion in debt and no existing plan but to add more of it through deficits as far as they eye can see. Mulvaney is not just a fiscal conservative in word. He was a fierce critic of former House Speaker John Boehner over Boehner’s unwillingness to stand up to Barack...
  • Federal Government Spends Too Much of Your Money

    12/09/2016 9:08:18 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 9, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Unlike professors who haven’t read the federal budget, scholars who actually have can’t find any cuts. The Heritage Foundation hosted a panel discussion on how to improve agency performance with fiscal discipline, and two professors commented on its feasibility. Marcus Peacock, a research professor at George Washington University, and Jason Fichtner, who works at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, shared their thoughts on this subject. Peacock pointed out that federal government spending has rarely decreased, in fact, "discretionary spending, over any five year period, has increased" in the federal government. Discretionary spending is non-entitlement (Social Security and Medicare)...
  • Ukraine offers Trump Antonov aircraft as Air Force One

    12/08/2016 6:02:07 AM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 43 replies
    Pravda ^ | Dec 7, 2016 | Pravda.Ru
    Ukraine's Antonov aircraft maker suggested US President-elect Donald Trump should order Air Force One from Ukraine, a message on the official Twitter page of the company said, TASS reports. "Maybe it would be better to consider an Antonov aircraft as Air Force One?" the tweet said. The state-run Antonov aircraft building plant is Ukraine's only developer and manufacturer of cargo and passenger aircraft. The company is best known for such aircraft as AN-32, AN-148, AN-158, AN-74, AN-124, AN-70 and AN-225. The company did not specify which aircraft exactly they would like to propose to the new President of the United...
  • In phone call with Trump, Boeing chief pledges to work with new administration after [] tweet

    12/07/2016 9:33:48 AM PST · by GonzoII · 63 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Monday, December 7, 2016 | Christian Davenport
    Hours after Donald Trump promised to kill the Air Force One procurement program, Boeing Chief Executive Dennis A. Muilenburg spoke with the president-elect on Tuesday, promising to work with the new administration and to keep the costs of the program down, according to a person with knowledge of the matter...
  • Trump says cancel new Air Force One: Costs 'out of control'

    12/06/2016 6:48:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 6, 2016 9:36 AM EST | Jonathan Lemire
    Six weeks from taking office, Donald Trump says he wants the government to cut some costs by canceling its order for a new Air Force One, the plane that carries presidents around the globe. The government has contracted with Boeing to build two or more new planes, which would go into service around 2024. That means Trump wouldn’t fly on the new planes unless he pursued and won a second term. But the Air Force has pressed for a faster schedule, saying the current planes are becoming too expensive to repair and keep in good flying shape. The contract for...
  • President Elect Trump cancels order for new Air Force One - via Twitter!

    12/06/2016 5:54:04 AM PST · by SamAdams76 · 109 replies
    2m2 minutes ago...@realDonaldTrump feed: Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!
  • Note To Trump: Cut Useless, Unauthorized Spending And Here's The Place To Start

    11/25/2016 10:41:20 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2016 | George Leef
    Let’s take Donald Trump at his word that he means to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. One aspect of that swamp is the way federal agencies spend money on public relations and outright propaganda. The erosion of budgetary constraints over time has led to a situation wherein federal agencies (many of which have scant constitutional authorization in the first place) get piles of money to spend as the officials choose. No one should be surprised to find that they like to hire public relations specialists or contract with outside firms for material that makes them look good and their...
  • President Trump Could Slash $500 Million from Public Broadcasting

    11/22/2016 5:19:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 122 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | 11/22/16 | Chriss W. Street
    With President-elect Trump promising to pay for his infrastructure and defense spending by defunding non-essential federal spending, one of the first programs on the block could be the almost $500 million spent on public broadcasting.Despite repeated efforts to kill federal funding of public broadcasting since Republicans won the House in 2010 and Presidential-nominee Mitt Romney made it a campaign promise in 2012, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education are spending $470.7 million in U.S. taxpayer cash to fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) this year, which provides 15 percent of PBS television and 10 percent...
  • Trump has a plan for government workers. They’re not going to like it.

    11/21/2016 8:47:18 AM PST · by detective · 147 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 21, 2016 | Lisa Rein
    President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long railed against, by eroding job protections and grinding down benefits that federal workers have received for a generation. Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions — these are the contours of the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January. These changes were once unthinkable to federal employees, their unions and their supporters in Congress. But Trump’s election as an outsider promising to...
  • Ryan: No, House Republicans, you can’t bring back earmarks

    11/17/2016 11:15:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/16 | Dan Calabrese
    At least not now I wonder if the return of unified Republican government means we’re going to start re-running all the same arguments we had a decade ago. If Valerie Plame comes out of the woodwork I’m really going to be irritated. But we’re talking about earmarks again, if only because House Republicans seem to miss the little buggers an awful lot, and maybe they figured now that they have all the power again, it’s time to go back to shoveling piles of federal money into their districts like they did in the good old days. Good for them, that...
  • Rep. Tom Rooney Wants to Bring Back Earmarks for Water Project

    11/17/2016 11:27:04 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Florida Rep. Tom Rooney wants to bring earmarks back to Washington – sort of – but House Speaker Paul Ryan has put up an obstacle named Donald Trump. The Republican has offered a proposal that would allow lawmakers to designate money for water projects under the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation. “When I go home to my county commissioners, they say ‘Can you shore up the dike around Lake Okeechobee?’ I’m like, ‘no.’ I can write a letter and hope that they listen to me. Which, over at the Army Corps, they probably look at that letter...
  • Three Ways Trump, GOP May Cut Social Security, Medicare

    11/17/2016 8:34:20 AM PST · by MadIsh32 · 50 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 16th | John Wasik
    “We’re not going to hurt the people who have been paying into Social Security their whole life,” Trump declared, calling the payment of promised benefits “honoring a deal.” But the man heading the Trump transition team’s Social Security effort? Michael Korbey, a former lobbyist who has spent much of his career advocating for cutting and privatizing the program, according to Yahoo News. “It’s a failed system, broken and bankrupt,” Korbey said as a lobbyist in the mid 1990s. Korbey acknowledged that some of the reforms his group backed would hurt retirees, but “our constituents aren’t just senior citizens,” he told...
  • VA drops plans to cover surgery for transgender vets

    11/16/2016 5:45:28 PM PST · by MaxistheBest · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/16/2016 | REBECCA KHEEL
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has dropped plans to start covering gender transition surgery for veterans amid concerns about costs. The proposed rule change that would have allowed the VA to pay for such surgeries was withdrawn from the Fall 2016 Unified Agenda, a biannual publication of proposed regulation changes that was due Monday. “VA has been and will continue to explore a regulatory change that would allow VA to perform gender alteration surgery and a change in the medical benefits package, when appropriated funding is available,” the VA said in a statement Monday. VA officials sent a letter dated...
  • NPR: Change the staff or shut the operation down

    11/13/2016 6:27:13 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 43 replies
    NPR News this morning | 13 November 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Mr. Trump, please, do something about NPR (National Public Radio) upon taking office. That is one media outlet that can be changed or shut down. This morning I listened to their propaganda and they were talking about some girl who had allegedly been mistreated at school after the election. She and a boy had heated discussions prior to the election and he said something after the election that offended her. They used that incident as a platform to insinuate that Trump supporters all over the nation were persecuting Clinton supporters...when in reality, the exact opposite is true. Please do something...
  • Conservatives to Congress: Punt on funding and get out of town

    11/12/2016 7:28:28 AM PST · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 12, 2016 | Susan Crabtree
    Even though Donald Trump's victory handed control of both chambers of Congress and the White House to Republicans, intra-party divisions are already bubbling up over how to fund the government in the lame-duck session. House and Senate GOP leaders are trying to hash out their differences, GOP aides told the Examiner, but may still be at odds over the best strategy to keep the government funded and running into the New Year. The Republican leaders plan to hash out an exact plan early next week, but some fissures were evident heading into those discussions. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., along...
  • Pentagon can’t account for $6.5 trillion of taxpayer money – IG report

    08/20/2016 1:18:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    RT ^ | 08/20/16
    The Pentagon failed to account for $6.5 trillion in its financial statement, a recently-recovered Inspector General’s report on the 2015 fiscal year said. It reveals the audit of the Department of Defense was “materially misstated.” The army failed to provide “accurate, complete, timely and well-supported” documents that could have explained the use of trillions of dollars in quarterly and yearend adjustments. The US military made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year, but could not provide anything that would detail what it spent the money on. There were a total...
  • Federal Government Spends 1 Billion a Year on Gun Law Enforcement

    08/17/2016 5:31:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Federal Government spends a billion dollars a year on on federal gun laws.  Most of that money is for enforcement of federal gun laws, but some of it is to push state and local governments toward infringing on the Second Amendment. From FY 2015 Budget Fact Sheets U.S DOJ(pdf): In 2013, the Administration proposed a range of legislative remedies – along with 23 executive actions – to address mass shootings and reduce gun violence. The Justice Department is working to implement a number of these actions and requests a total of $1.1 billion in FY 2015 to address...
  • NBC, CBS Tout Dems Demanding Zika Funding...That They Blocked

    08/01/2016 12:49:18 PM PDT · by DFG · 2 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 08/01/2016 | Kyle Drennen
    On Monday, both NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning promoted Democrats calling on Congress to cut its recess short in order to approve federal funding to combat the Zika virus. However, both morning shows ignored the fact that Democrats were the ones that blocked legislation to do just that only one month earlier. In a report live from Miami on Today about the first mosquito transmission of the disease in the U.S., correspondent Sarah Dallof noted: “As Senate Democrats push for Congress to end its recess and approve emergency Zika funding, officials here in Miami are wasting no time, focusing...
  • Obama vetoes bill to cap ex-presidents' expense accounts

    07/22/2016 6:07:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2016 7:06 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama vetoed a bill Friday that would cap the taxpayer-funded expense accounts of former presidents. Obama said he supports the bill’s goal, but he sent the measure back to Congress because it would immediately end salaries and benefits to staffers carrying out the official duties of former presidents. He says the measure doesn’t provide enough time for these employees to be moved to another payroll.Obama says the bill would also interfere with the Secret Service’s ability to protect ex-presidents. …
  • Trump Challenges Hillary: Stop Your Support for Refugee Program, Give the Money to Inner City Kids

    06/11/2016 4:55:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 10, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    Donald Trump is calling on Hillary Clinton “to replace her support for increased refugee admissions… with a new job program for our inner cities.” Clinton “wants a 500% increase in Syrian refugees to come into our country,” Trump said at Friday’s Faith and Freedom Summit. Clinton’s plan to resettle 65,000 Syrian migrants would cost U.S. taxpayers over $42 billion over the course of the migrants’ lifetimes, based on projections from Heritage Foundation scholar Robert Rector. Trump said that rather than using taxpayer funds to import foreign migrants from terror-prone regions, Clinton should instead use the funds to help struggling Americans...
  • Man admits taking $250K from Head Start; bought Maserati, mink coat

    06/08/2016 8:40:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    The former executive director of a former Head Start program in Jersey City Tuesday admitted that he diverted more than $250,000 from programs for underprivileged children and used the money for personal expenses, including a Maserati and a mink coat, prosecutors said. Robert E. Mays, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in federal court to one count of wire fraud. According to court papers charging him, Mays in 2013 forged records and duped employees at the Jersey City Child Development Centers into believing that its board of directors had raised his salary 61 percent to $155,000...
  • Senate GOP drops push to 'defund Obamacare'

    06/07/2016 8:46:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 10:40 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach with a huge $164 billion spending measure reflects a hope by top Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to remove veto bait from must-pass spending bills in hopes of advancing them more easily. …
  • Has Anybody Seen $6,000,000,000?

    06/07/2016 8:27:58 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 47 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 6/7/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Apparently, while serving as our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton "misplaced" $6,000,000,000 of hard-earned American Taxpayer provided funds Have any of you, by chance, seen that money? I looked everywhere for it. I even looked in the junk drawer. You know, the drawer where you put stuff you might need but don't know where else to put it. I didn't find Hillary's missing money there. Found some batteries, though. Now, $6,000,000,000 is a pretty good sum of money. Bill Clinton could buy his own rape island if he had that kind of dough. So, I think we should all look...
  • State Dept. misplaced $6B under Hillary Clinton: IG report (2014)

    05/31/2016 5:42:12 AM PDT · by euram · 82 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 4, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report.
  • Battle Over LGBT Amendment Threatens to Stall Entire Appropriations Process

    05/27/2016 7:37:57 AM PDT · by milton23 · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/26/16 | Philip Wegmann
    An LGBT measure derailed a $37.5 billion House energy and water spending bill and now threatens to bring the entire appropriations process to a grinding halt in the House. The amendment from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., would codify a 2014 executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Opponents characterize the Maloney amendment as a violation of conscience rights. They fear that the failed amendment could require federal contractors to provide special status to members of the LGBT community or lose their business with the federal government. With the support of...
  • Gender Identity Spat Sinks Spending Bill

    05/27/2016 6:13:47 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Marine Link ^ | May 27, 2016 | Joseph Keefe
    The rancorous political debate over sexual identity unexpectedly prompted the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to rejected an energy and water spending bill on Thursday after Democrats attached an amendment to protect the rights of transgender people. The legislation, which would have funded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, failed on a 112-305 vote, with 130 Republicans and 175 Democrats opposing the legislation.