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  • Rand Paul: Is Our Military Budget too Small, or Is Our Mission too Large?

    02/18/2018 5:27:47 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Feb 2018 | Rand Paul
    Is our military budget too small, or is our mission too large? Since 2001, the U.S. military budget has more than doubled in nominal terms and grown over 37% accounting for inflation. The U.S. spends more than the next eight countries combined. It’s really hard to argue that our military is underfunded, so perhaps our mission has grown too large. That mission includes being currently involved in combat operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Niger, Libya, and Yemen. We have troops in over 50 of 54 African countries. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost over a trillion dollars...
  • Rand Paul Considers Sponsoring Hard-Line House DACA Bill

    02/14/2018 2:42:28 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 32 replies
    Lifezette ^ | Feb 13, 2018 | Brendan Kirby
    As Senate debates immigration reform, Kentucky senator pushes work visas instead of unqualified grants of citizenshipSen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he’s considering offering a hard-line House immigration bill in the Senate during this week’s open debate over former President Barack Obama’s quasi-amnesty program. The debate kicked off Monday, but Paul noted Tuesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that all of the proposals extend amnesty far more widely than the Securing America’s Future Act sponsored in the House last month by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Rep. Rául Labrador (R-Idaho), and others. Unlike the proposals discussed so far in...
  • Sen. Rand Paul, Dr. Kelli Ward to hold joint rally in Scottsdale

    02/12/2018 9:40:30 PM PST · by KC Burke · 28 replies
    KTAR News ^ | 2/12/2018 | KTAR
    PHOENIX – Sen. Rand Paul will join Dr. Kelli Ward and her supporters in a joint rally in Scottsdale later this month, according to a release. The event is being held to support Ward’s candidacy to replace Sen. Jeff Flake in Senate, who announced in October that he would retire and not seek re-election in the upcoming Republican primary. Paul’s involvement in the rally will be his latest show of support for Ward, who has also been recognized by President Donald Trump on Twitter.
  • Rand Paul Stands Tall

    02/10/2018 10:24:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2018 | Jeff Crouere
    Thank God for U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). At least there is one politician in the United States Senate who is concerned about deficit spending.On Thursdaynight, he led a lonely crusade against a two-year $400 billion spending bill that balloons the budget and massively increases the federal debt by over $1 trillion. Paul continued the fight for hours, forcing a very brief government shutdown, and providing much needed attention to the spending habits of our federal government.On the Senate floor, Paul, revealed the real problem was “Republicans hand-in-hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits.” He said that the goal of...
  • Dems left Dreamers out to dry, say activists

    02/09/2018 3:11:18 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | BY RAFAEL BERNAL AND MIKE LILLIS - 02/09/18 06:02 PM EST
    Immigration activists are furious that 73 House Democrats, including seven members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, voted for a bipartisan spending bill that doesn't include a DACA fix. The early-morning House vote ended a brief government shutdown precipitated by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and in the process passed a two-year spending proposal that included a bevy of Democratic priorities, but not immigration. “Last night immigrant young people and people of conscience fighting for justice were betrayed by both parties,” said Greisa Martínez Rosas, a DACA recipient and advocacy director for United We Dream, an immigrant youth activism network. Senate Democrats...
  • What fueled the budget deal? Cold, hard cash

    02/09/2018 7:03:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 9, 2018 | by JONATHAN ALLEN
    WASHINGTON — Just add cash. That was the ingredient Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill needed to strike and pass a long-term budget deal after months of bitter fighting across and within party lines about how to spend funds that had been limited by budget caps. An $89 billion injection "changes a lot of votes," explained North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of Republicans' arch-conservative Freedom Caucus and an opponent of the bill, hours before it passed. And that figure, an important factor in securing the support of lawmakers from the Republican-heavy states of Texas and Florida, only...
  • Right revolts on budget deal

    02/08/2018 5:03:50 AM PST · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7 FEb 2018 | Scott Wong and Melanie Zanona
    House conservatives on Wednesday revolted against a massive bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling and bust spending caps, complaining that the GOP could no longer lay claim to being the party of fiscal responsibility. “I’m not only a ‘no.’ I’m a ‘hell no,’ ” quipped Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), one of many members of the Tea Party-aligned Freedom Caucus who left a closed-door meeting of Republicans saying they would vote against the deal. It’s a “Christmas tree on steroids,” lamented one of the Freedom Caucus leaders, Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.). “This spending proposal is disgusting and reckless — the...
  • §684. Proposed deferrals of budget authority (Presidential Authority)

    02/07/2018 12:33:57 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 2 replies
    (a) Transmittal of special message Whenever the President, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the head of any department or agency of the United States, or any officer or employee of the United States proposes to defer any budget authority provided for a specific purpose or project, the President shall transmit to the House of (1) the amount of the budget authority proposed to be deferred; (2) any account, department, or establishment of the Government to which such budget authority is available for obligation, and the specific projects or governmental functions involved; (3) the period of time...
  • Senate leaders agree to two-year budget deal

    02/07/2018 11:24:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/07/2018 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has announced a deal with Senate Democrats to fund the government and set spending levels for defense and nondefense programs over the next two years. The legislation would avert a government shutdown on Friday, when federal funding is due to expire, and boost defense and nondefense programs. It also lifts the debt ceiling to March 2019, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hailed as a decision that would move Congress away from "crisis-to-crisis budgeting." The deal is backed by McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and will almost certainly be...
  • Senate reaches deal that raises budget caps

    02/07/2018 10:58:33 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 32 replies
    Axios ^ | 2/7/18 | Stef W Knight
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon that a deal had been reached to fund the government for 2 years, which includes raising military spending but excludes a DACA provision. Why it matters: The budget lifts sequestration caps, increasing discretionary spending by $300 billion over two years. The deal extends CHIP for 10 years instead of two and includes disaster relief and opioid response funding.
  • Senate leaders reach agreement on two-year budget deal, adding billions of dollars in....

    02/07/2018 10:04:51 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/7/2018 | Erica Werner and Mike DeBonis
    BREAKING: Senate leaders have reached an agreement on a two-year budget deal, adding billions of dollars in federal spending. The bipartisan accord would lift statutory budget limits by more than $200 billion, provide tens of billions of dollars in disaster relief funding. Senate leaders unveiled the deal Wednesday after months of negotiations -- and after Senate Democrats agreed to set aside immigration policy demands. The plan still faces head winds -- particularly in the House, where conservative Republicans are balking at the increased spending and liberal Democrats want further assurances on immigration. The announcement came as Congress faces yet another...
  • Senate leaders see two-year budget deal within their grasp [No more spending caps]

    02/07/2018 7:07:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 6, 2018 | Mike DeBonis and Erica Werner
    Top Senate leaders were working Tuesday to finalize a sweeping long-term budget deal that would include a defense spending boost President Trump has long demanded alongside an increase in domestic programs championed by Democrats. As negotiations for the long-term deal continued, the House passed a short-term measure that would fund the government past a midnight Thursday deadline and avert a second partial shutdown in less than a month.
  • Let's Limit Spending: Why a Balanced Budget Amendment is not the key to our Big Government problems.

    02/06/2018 8:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/06/2018 | Walter Williams
    Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That's a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the federal budget is always balanced. The value of what we produced in 2017 — our gross domestic product — totaled about $19 trillion. If the Congress spent $4 trillion of the $19 trillion that we produced, unless you believe in Santa Claus, you know that Congress must force us to spend $4 trillion less privately. Taxing us is...
  • Congress Is Deadlocked on 2018 Budget, Immigration Reform Has Stalled,

    02/02/2018 6:52:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2018 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The threat of yet another government shutdown looms in about eight days amid speculation that next year’s budget deficit could speed past $1 trillion. Despite a fast-approaching Feb. 8 deadline, Congress appeared no closer to passing a budget, after it approved a stop-gap bill last month, giving lawmakers more time to reach agreement on a variety of divisive issues, including immigration. A growing number of lawmakers in both parties were complaining about out-of-control figures in both domestic and defense spending. Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee called the large increase in military spending “grotesque,” while Rep. Mark...
  • Get Ready for a Congressional Budget Blowout

    01/23/2018 5:33:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    No one is paying much attention, but Congress is preparing a two-year budget that would blow past bipartisan spending caps to the tune of $216 billion through 2019. That might be a best-case scenario. The budget watchers at FreedomWorks estimate that when hurricane disaster relief, funding for the border wall, added Obamacare money for the bankrupt insurance markets, and other last-minute spending "emergencies" are thrown in the mix, the two-year spending blitz could exceed $300 billion. President Donald Trump had better get his veto pen handy. All of this is happening because Republicans have fallen into the Democrats' fiscal trap....
  • Senate breaks budget impasse, paving way for government to reopen

    01/22/2018 10:18:02 AM PST · by Hadean · 29 replies
    MSN ^ | Jan. 22, 2018
    The Senate broke its budget impasse Monday as Democrats joined Republicans in voting to end debate on a short-term spending bill that would reopen the government and provide funding through Feb. 8. The upper chamber was expected to quickly approve the bill, and House members were told to await a possible vote Monday afternoon, raising the possibility that the shutdown would end after just three days. "We will vote today to reopen the government," Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a speech on the Senate floor. The vote was 81-18 to move ahead on the spending bill.
  • Trump signs sweeping two-year budget deal

    02/09/2018 6:48:10 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 147 replies
    NY POST ^ | February 9, 2018 | AP
    <p>Trump tweeted, “Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”</p>
  • Another shutdown nears: Live updates

    02/08/2018 8:09:30 PM PST · by Innovative · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. | Meg Wagner and Veronica Rocha
    Senate leaders reached a two-year budget deal, but Sen. Rand Paul is holding up a Senate vote. Congress must pass a deal before midnight to avoid a shutdown. The government will shut down. The Senate is in recess until 12:01 a.m. The Senate has gone into recess until 12:01 a.m. ET, which means the government will shut down at midnight. The next procedural vote to advance the budget deal will not happen before 1 a.m. ET.
  • White House tell agencies to prepare for shutdown as Rand Paul holds up key vote

    02/08/2018 5:38:44 PM PST · by SMGFan · 87 replies
    CNN ^ | February 8, 2018
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is preventing a two-year budget deal from passing, as the White House advised federal agencies to prepare for the government to start shutting down at midnight. Congressional negotiators were scrambling earlier Thursday to lock in enough votes in the House, and that was before Paul, a Republican, made public his dissatisfaction with the deal, which would raise government spending, avert a government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling. A senior administrative official said the White House is instructing agencies to begin shutdown preparations in the event that Congress fails to pass a budget before the midnight...
  • Rand Paul holds up Senate budget vote with government shutdown only hours away

    02/08/2018 1:39:03 PM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/08/2018 | Jacob Pramuk | @jacobpramuk
    Sen. Rand Paul was blocking the Senate's move to quickly pass its massive budget deal Thursday with only hours until government funding lapses. For the Senate to hold a vote on the spending package Thursday, all senators must agree. The Kentucky Republican held out as he sought a vote on an amendment to maintain budget caps. "All Senator Rand Paul is asking for is a 15-minute vote on his amendment to restore the budget caps. He is ready to proceed at any time," Paul spokesman Sergio Gor said in a statement. As Paul railed against lifting spending caps, the nonpartisan...