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  • A Constitutional Budget

    05/08/2017 8:22:56 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/08/17 | Greg Penglis
    How much a Constitutional Budget would cost? During this entire budgeting and continuing resolution process, there are two words that will never be put together. They are “constitutional,” and “budget.” Why? Because no one in Washington wants to be restrained by the Constitution when it comes to getting money, spending money, and especially spending money they don’t have. Which is why we are some $20 trillion in for the National Debt. But it never had to be this way. It’s one thing to talk about the Constitution. It’s quite another to actually live by it. The Supreme Court doesn’t. They...
  • Trump signs spending bill, averting government shutdown

    05/05/2017 12:19:18 PM PDT · by TexasGunLover · 76 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/05/2017 | Roberta Rampton
    President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $1.2 trillion spending bill approved by Congress, averting a government shutdown that would have begun at midnight. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaking to reporters at a regular media briefing, confirmed the president had signed the bill.
  • 10 Things The GOP Will Pass In Pork-Filled Budget Deal

    05/03/2017 7:40:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    MRC TV ^ | May 3, 2017 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    Congratulations! The GOP holds the House, the Senate, and the White House, and, in addition to not abiding by the Constitution and repealing all of the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” they are set to pass a budget that not only hands the Dems pretty much everything they want, it also funds so many obviously crazy things that it would be virtually impossible to defend. Take a deep breath, and let’s dive into the swamp! The GOP budget does not cut taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, which comprises 40% of that organization’s income. Rather than mention that there’s nothing in the Constitution that...
  • Government-wide spending bill headed for a House vote

    05/03/2017 1:22:43 PM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 May 2017 | Andrew Taylor
    A government-wide spending bill that President Donald Trump seemed to criticize Tuesday morning but now calls "a clear win for the American people" is headed for a House vote. The House is scheduled to vote on the bipartisan $1.1 trillion measure Wednesday afternoon. It is a product of weeks of Capitol Hill negotiations in which top Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi successfully blocked Trump's most controversial proposals, including a down payment on the oft-promised Trump Mexico border wall, cuts to popular domestic programs, and new punishments for so-called sanctuary cities.
  • How Did We Get to $20 Trillion? Here's What the Numbers Show.

    05/03/2017 6:47:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Medium ^ | 05/03/2017 | Jonathan Bydlak, President of the Coalition to Reduce Spending. SpendingTracker.org
    In survey after survey, most Americans tell pollsters they want politicians to address the national debt. Support for specific policies may ebb and flow over time, but what rarely changes are the promises politicians make and break in response. Image via Musée McCordAlmost all politicians pledge to spend responsibly while on the stump, but once they’re in office, voters are at the mercy of a system so complex and crisis-driven it becomes all but impossible to know who’s keeping their word.So who is?As only someone who founded and runs an organization dedicated to reforming federal spending can tell you, understanding...
  • Who should pick road projects? MnDOT, lawmakers clash over ‘earmarks’

    05/02/2017 11:52:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | April 10, 2017 | David Montgomery
    As Minnesota leaders debate how much new money to put toward the state’s roads, they’re also fighting about a related issue: who should choose which roads get attention? Ordinarily, the Legislature appropriates money for roads and bridges, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation decides how to spend the money. But bills in the Legislature this year take a different path: they order the MnDOT to do specific road projects. It’s a process called “earmarking,” and it could spark a showdown over road funding between the Republican-controlled Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Behind the feud are bad feelings from some...
  • VANITY: Post a message to Trump

    05/02/2017 1:20:20 AM PDT · by vannrox · 66 replies
    SELF | 2APR17 | VANNROX
    Since we know that members of the RNC ; Congress and the Senate visit FR from time to time, it is wholly possible that Trump and members of his team do so as well. It has occurred to me, that while they are hearing from Drudge, and Rush, and Brebart, it is possible that we can use FR as a forum to post our thoughts. If Donald Trump were to read FR and come across this post, what advice or words would you have for him regarding; 1. The new spending bill. 2. The border wall with Mexico. 3. Draining...
  • AllahPundit: "Rush on the terrible spending bill: 'Why is anybody voting Republican, if this is...'"

    05/01/2017 8:42:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Hotair ^ | MAY 1, 2017 | BY ALLAHPUNDIT
    It’s a fair question.I know the headline makes it sound like he’s criticizing Trump, but after a year and a half of Rush Limbaugh applauding him at every turn, you should know better than that by now. He sort of criticizes him. It’s the special interests who are responsible for this garbage spending bill, he insists, aided and abetted by the corrupt Republican establishment. All true enough, but how about the superhero whom America elected to impose his will on Washington and to drain the swamp? Does he bear any blame? Would Obama bear any blame on conservative talk...
  • Deal on Government Funding Reached, Averting Shutdown; No Funding for the Wall

    05/01/2017 9:24:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 147 replies
    NBC News ^ | 05/01/2017 | by LEIGH ANN CALDWELL, KASIE HUNT and FRANK THORP V
    A deal has been reached on a $1 trillion-plus bill to fund the government for the final five months of this fiscal year, an agreement that is likely to avert a government shutdown. Congressional negotiators had been working through the weekend to hash out the last remaining complications in a bill to fund the government before the agreement was announced Sunday night. After President Donald Trump backed down on funding for the construction of a border wall, some additional sticking points remained, including health benefits for coal miners, funding for Puerto Rico and an additional $30 billion for defense, delaying...
  • Congress reaches deal to keep government open through September

    04/30/2017 8:12:52 PM PDT · by iowamark · 103 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 30 2017 | Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
    Congressional Republicans and Democrats forged a hard-won agreement Sunday night on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September, denying President Donald Trump funding for a border wall and rejecting his cuts to popular domestic programs. Aides to lawmakers involved in the talks announced the agreement after weeks of negotiations. It's expected to be made public Sunday night. The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during Trump's short tenure in the White House. While losing on the wall along the U.S.-Mexico...
  • It Will Take An Ax, Not A Scalpel, To Control Federal Spending

    04/29/2017 11:55:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    Inestor's Business Daily ^ | April 27, 2017 | Adam Brandon (Freedomworks)
    The federal government once again hit the debt ceiling. The ceiling limits the amount of money the federal government can borrow — a number that was set at $20.1 trillion. Although the issue should have been dealt with in 2015, then-Speaker John Boehner capitulated to President Obama and postponed the debt limit until March 16, 2017. Since then, the federal debt has grown by $1,414,397,000,000 — more than one trillion in less than two years. President Trump promised during his campaign to bring back American prosperity and make Washington work for everyone — not just for the small group of...
  • Congress passes short-term spending bill to avert government shutdown this weekend

    04/28/2017 11:36:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 04/28/2017 | Alan Fram
    With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year. The Senate sent the temporary spending measure to Trump by voice vote after the House approved it by a lopsided 382-30 vote. The bill keeps the government functioning through next Friday, which leaders hope will give bipartisan bargainers enough time to...
  • Construction stocks could rally as California's $52 billion roads plan clears major hurdle

    04/27/2017 8:04:46 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 7, 2017 | Jeff Daniels
    California's $54 billion plan to fix roads and fund highway improvements cleared a major hurdle late Thursday, passing in the state legislature and setting the stage for what could become a massive spending spree. Positive comments last week from analysts about the state transportation plan sent shares of several construction-related companies sharply higher. Some of them continued to trend higher this week and with passage in both houses of the legislature it's possible they could rally Friday. Analysts have suggested beneficiaries of the state spending could include Summit Materials, a construction materials producer, and AECOM, an engineering firm. Summit's stock...
  • Lawmakers debate return of tolls to Connecticut’s highways

    04/26/2017 8:06:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    FOX 61 ^ | April 18, 2017 | Jenna DeAngelis and Jeevan Vittal
    HARTFORD – Toll talk is back at the State Capitol. Some lawmakers say it will drive billions into the state over the next two decades and others want to put the brakes on the idea.At a hearing, Monday, the proposal to bring electronic tolls to Connecticut highways was discussed, with public comment both for and against it.State accountants said the way Connecticut funds transportation will no longer be sustainable in the next four years and a new revenue source is needed.“This doesn't make any sense at all," State Sen. Toni Boucher said. "This is just another name for another tax...
  • Flush with highway cash, Texas still looking for toll options

    04/26/2017 5:16:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | April 21, 2017 | Dug Begley
    Texas is spending record amounts on transportation, but lawmakers worried it is not enough are considering extending a controversial program that’s helped spread tollways through some of the state’s largest areas. A bill approved this week by a House committee would give the Texas Department of Transportation a chance to add six additional projects, including the widening of Interstate 45 north of I-10 and a long-planned Hempstead Tollway, meant to relieve traffic on U.S. 290 with the potential for a commuter rail corridor. The bill, by state Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, would also allow TxDOT or regional officials the chance...
  • Border Wall: President Trump just had his bluff called — again

    04/25/2017 2:38:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/25/2017 | Aaron Blake
    For the second time in two major legislative battles, the Trump White House has issued an ultimatum — only to back down. In the health care debate, the president was going to force a House vote on the package and dare skeptical Republicans to vote against replacing Obamacare, before abandoning that plan in the face of defeat. And now, in the government funding debate, he's backing off his previous demand that Congress approve funding for his border wall. As The Washington Post's Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and David Weigel report: But with a Friday deadline looming to pass a new...
  • Pelosi, Schumer urge Trump to butt out of budget negotiations

    04/25/2017 11:12:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 24, 2017 | Liz Goodwin
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., delivered a message to President Trump on Monday morning about Congress' sensitive negotiations over a spending bill that must pass by Friday. That message: Butt out. "It's my view that if the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done by Friday," Schumer said on a conference call with reporters. "Totally agree," Pelosi said. "We were on the path to get it done until he did intervene." [Snip] Schumer called the wall a "monkey wrench" the president threw into the process, bungling an agreement...
  • Trump may drop request for border wall funding in spending bill

    04/25/2017 7:12:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/25/2017 | Rick Moran
    Facing bi-partisan opposition to including funds to build a wall along the US southern border in the spending bill to keep the government operating past this weekend, President Trump told a group of conservative media representatives that he may drop his insistence for the wall funding if it will help pass the legislation. Bloomberg: "On funding the border wall, Trump said he could get it this week or the administration could come back to it in September," Trey Yingst, a White House correspondent for One America News, reported in a tweet. A White House official who asked for anonymity confirmed what...
  • Budget Director Mulvaney: If you want that spending bill, you’d better remember to pay for the wall

    04/21/2017 10:01:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/21/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Is this posturing, or is Mick Mulvaney sending a signal that Trump is ready for a government shutdown? Congress is going to have a hot minute or so to pass the omnibus spending bill when they get back in town and the President’s budget boss has decided to toss some gasoline on the bonfire by insisting that funding for the first phase of construction of the wall be included. (Associate Press) White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says that Democratic negotiators on a massive spending bill need to agree to fund top priorities of President Donald Trump such as a...
  • How the U.S. Military Can Save $1 Trillion

    04/19/2017 7:50:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | November 6, 2016 | Benjamin H. Friedman
    The United States could reduce Pentagon spending by over a trillion dollars in the next decade-spending $5.2 trillion rather than the currently planned $6.3 trillion- by adopting strategy of military restraint. That’s the bottom line of a study I produced along with several colleagues as part of “Developing Alternative Defense Strategies 2016,” an exercise organized by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, where groups from five think tanks used CSBA’s “Strategic Choices” software to reimagine the U.S. military budget.The others all increased military spending. The teams from the Center for New American Security and the Center for Strategic and...