As for blue-collar whites who voted for Trump and are now having second thoughts, it’s not quite correct that they were “scammed,” as many Trump foes argue. Those who bought into his assurances — “I’m taking care of my people” — willingly ignored the piled-high evidence. This is a man who makes a sport of lying.
The entire function of the CSB, which Mulvaney claims Americans want abolished, is worker and public safety. It investigates catastrophic incidents and recommends changes to prevent recurrence. It doesn’t fine corporations or revoke licenses. It advocates for safety. Its annual budget is $11 million. Not billion, $11 million.
In President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for 2018, which was released Thursday, the president was looking to shave off money from the federal budget to make room for a $54 billion increase in defense funding. And one potential item on the chopping block was the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides federal funding to NPR.
Funding for the NIH has been a bipartisan priority for years; one of Trump’s key advisers, former Representative Newt Gingrich, has long championed that cause. It was just two years ago, in fact, that Gingrich called for doubling the NIH budget, calling health spending both a moral and a financial imperative. “It’s irresponsible and shortsighted, not prudent, to let financing for basic research dwindle,” Gingrich wrote then.
Get out your calendars and mark a circle around March 16. That’s the date when Congress expects President Donald Trump to present his “skinny budget” outline for the upcoming fiscal year.
The White House budget office was slated to hold a call with U.S. government agencies on Friday to plan for a government shutdown in case the U.S. Congress fails to pass a short-term funding bill by a deadline next week.
A significant portion of our nation’s public transit vehicles have outlived their “maximum useful life,” as determined by the federal government, including 31 percent of commuter rail cars and 33 percent of subway cars.
New restrictions in the federally funded food stamp program have begun affecting hundreds of thousands of needy families throughout America, as revived rules designed to incentivize people looking for work result in the loss of benefits for 500,000 to 1 million people in 21 states.
The budget for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1 is largely a political document and is unlikely to be passed by the Republican-controlled Congress.
If you have perused those year-end lists of hot destinations, then wondered how you could afford any of those places, this column is for you.
Despite Republican majorities in Congress through much of his tenure and increasingly insistent calls from GOP presidential candidates to rein in “free stuff,” President Barack Obama has engineered the largest expansion of the federal government’s safety net in half a century, a record he cemented further as he closed out his seventh year.
Millions of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. But while around one-third of Americans, or 38 million households, are living hand-to-mouth.
Speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans that negotiations with Democrats culminated in a deal that would eliminate any government shutdowns until next October.
He may be fond of saying there’s no education in the second kick of a mule, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting another run at a functioning appropriations process in 2016.
The White House is signaling it would not block a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown should lawmakers need to keep working on a massive spending measure after the Dec. 11 deadline.
It’s never advisable to rush out and take on debt, but there are times when doing so actually makes sense. Debt, it turns out, can be a kind of friend, even if it’s just that flaky friend who can’t really be trusted.
Past votes and positions he’s taken on key social and fiscal issues could rankle conservatives who still want to see change in their party’s leadership.
A dog-bite prevention website. Vermont puppet shows. Researching the bomb-sniffing capabilities of elephants. Those are just some government spending projects labeled “wasteful.”
Republican lawmakers always tell us there isn’t enough money. But in fact there is plenty — it’s just hard to find when an entire class of taxpayers can avoid paying their share.
The all-night session, dubbed “vote-a-rama,” always puts senators in a bind on a number of votes, and Thursday’s session was no different.