Washington - U.S. lawmakers may have to pass another stop-gap spending bill in order to keep the federal government operating Dec. 8 when existing money runs out, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Tuesday. Asked about the timing of the budget process and the measure now in place to fund government operations through early December at last year’s levels, Ryan told a news conference, “We might need a little bit more time to give the appropriators time to write their bill” for fiscal 2018 spending that would extend through next Sept. 30. Ryan said a temporary spending bill, if needed while the longer-term one is being
Comments: Speaker Ryan should ask Rand Paul how to kick some butt, since his was recently handed to him. This bodes bad for Budget deal, as well. Mr. President, keep them in session. Oh, quit lying to US about all the bills passed in the last year. If McConnell won´t let the 250+ Bills through the Senate for a vote and then your signature, they are worthless. Hint. If you can´t control your party lead on Capitol Hill, foreign nations will take note of your "failings" (lack of leadership here).
OP, you should ask yourself when was the last time Congress used the Appropriations Process, committee mark-up, for a fiscal-year budget?
Hint: the budget has been operating on a CR (continuing resolution) since Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi took control of the Senate and House.
All these comments about "using the power of the purse", etc.. have been mute since there has not been an actual budget process used in 10 years.
Yes, that would be GWB´s budget, with the Obama "stimulus/slush fund" added in 2008, from fiscal year 2006-07.
Believe the last full appropriations budget was in 1996. The GOP tried to do an Appropriations budget 2 years ago, but Obama didn´t want the hassle of negotiations and the Democrats didn´t want the tough choices before the 2016 elections.
I agree with #5. They could keep their butts in town and get some work done. Or is there another baseball game to practice for? Or some other time eater when they are in town. Pay them what they are worth. Nothing.
Popstars singer Darius Campbell nearly died after showing off a charity´s new water filter by drinking straight from the river Thames. Campbell found himself at death’s door after promoting the bottle made by not-for-profit body Fresh2o. It sells the bottles – which remove 99.9 per cent of pathogens, bacteria and viruses – to finance its drive to help people in countries such as Madagascar. But a near-fatal blunder saw the singer songwriter using a display bottle whose filter had been removed. After collapsing with bacterial meningitis and severe brain swelling the 37-year-old Glaswegian was placed in a coma, waking to find his
House Republicans agreed Monday on $81 billion in disaster relief for areas hit by hurricanes and wildfires that will be attached to a must-pass government spending bill this week, according to a document provided by a Republican lawmaker. The disaster spending is being pushed forward by Republicans from Texas, Florida and California who threatened to oppose the spending bill, needed to keep the government open after Friday, if hurricane relief wasn’t included. The bill exceeds the $44 billion disaster request sent to Congress last month by the White House but falls short of requests for the affected states and Puerto Rico.
A federal district judge on Monday ruled — for the second time this year — that the Trump administration cannot block pregnant, undocumented teens in US custody from having abortions. US District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the federal government to allow two undocumented teens, referred to in filings as Jane Roe and Jane Poe, to have abortions. However, the judge put her ruling on hold for 24 hours to give the government an opportunity to appeal. According to court papers, Jane Roe learned that she was pregnant on Nov. 21, and is now approximately 10 weeks pregnant. The other young woman, Jane Poe,
New York - A Trump administration judicial nominee who was widely ridiculed after he was unable to to answer basic questions on the law when he was quizzed by senators, has withdrawn his name for the job. The President has accepted his decision. Matthew Petersen who was nominated by Mr Trump to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, was the subject of no small mockery after he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The video of Mr Petersen, a member of the Federal Election Commission since 2008 but who has no trial experience, being questioned by Republican senator John Kennedy,
The U.S. vetoed Monday a United Nations Security Council resolution calling on President Donald Trump to “withdraw” his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Casting the lone opposition vote against 14 votes in favor, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley called the resolution “an insult” that won’t be forgotten. She has repeatedly criticized the U.N. for anti-Israel bias and for holding what she calls “Israel-bashing sessions” in the guise of legitimate diplomatic business. Haley’s rejection was the only one needed to defeat the symbolic measure. To pass, a resolution must have the support of nine members and no
Washington - Not a long time ago in a galaxy not far, far away, Sen. Ted Cruz clashed with Luke Skywalker over net neutrality. The Texas Republican entered that otherworldly fray on Sunday — the weekend that Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened — by trolling Mark Hamill on Twitter for the actor´s position (Snip) "Luke, I know Hollywood can be confusing, but it was Vader who supported govt power over everything said & done on the Internet," he wrote. "That´s why giant corps (Google, Facebook, Netflix) supported the FCC power grab of net neutrality. Reject the dark side: Free the net!"
Tacoma, WA - (Live Video) - An Amtrak train has derailed on an overpass in Washington, authorities said Monday. At this time, all lanes of traffic remain blocked on Interstate 5. The Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted a photo of the derailment, urging motorists to avoid the area. (WSDOT Tacoma Traffic Tweet) CBS News affiliate KIRO-TV reports first responders are treating the derailment as a mass casualty incident. Authorities have not yet provided details on injuries. Amtrak train 501 was part of a service that launched Monday morning. The service was supposed to be rated for a maximum speed of
President Trump will announce Monday his new National Security Strategy, putting his own stamp on a defense plan that reverses an Obama administration policy by eliminating climate change from a list of threats to national security. Senior administration officials said Sunday that Mr. Trump will release the plan Monday afternoon in a speech that outlines his emphasis on protecting American economic power as well as securing the homeland. Officials briefing reporters Sunday confirmed that Mr. Trump’s national security playbook eliminates climate change as a priority in defense planning. “Climate change is not identified as a national
Austria’s new government has unveiled plans for financial “sanctions” on immigrants who keep their own culture and do not “integrate” with mainstream society. The government, a coalition between the conservative People’s Party (OVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), agreed a deal at the weekend with provisions set to make life more difficult for foreigners in the country. The two parties’ agreed policy programme says that immigrants who are judged to be “refusing to integrate” should expect “sanctions”. One specific policy outlined in the agreement includes a cut to the basic level of support payments for asylum
President Trump is set to unveil a new national security strategy on Monday, emphasizing national sovereignty over alliances and economic security – and reversing Obama-era warnings of climate change. Trump will go further into detail about the so-called “America First” national security strategy in a speech on Monday, a plan that could alter the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world if fully implemented. According to a senior administration official, Trump’s doctrine has four main pillars: protecting the homeland and way of life; promoting American prosperity; demonstrating peace through strength;
Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Trump on Sunday to thank him for providing intelligence that helped thwart a planned terror attack in St. Petersburg, the White House has confirmed. The call was confirmed to Fox News and other news outlets by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who told reporters more information on the call would follow. The intelligence was reportedly a CIA tip related to a series of planned bombings. The Kremlin said Putin told Trump during the call that the information provided by the CIA also was sufficient to track down and detain a group of suspects that was planning to bomb
Strange footage has captured the moment conspiracy theorists say an alien mothership shot a laser beam at the International Space Station. The footage shows what appears to be a pattern of bright lights hovering above the Nasa run base. Moments later, a red beam of light seems to pulse from the object toward the habitat, occupied by astronauts from five space agencies. The footage, which had amassed around 25,000 views at the time of publication, was posted to YouTube by UFO hunter Streetcap1. Speaking in the clip, he said: ´Look at the red light coming from them and going to the space station. It's pretty strange.
Former Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder called for mass protests if President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller. This is the second warning Holder has issued this week in respect to rumors about President Trump relieving Mueller of his duties as special counsel. “ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsel’s office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both. The American people must be seen and heard – they will ultimately be determinative,” tweeted Holder on Sunday. (Tweet)
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is returning to Arizona and will miss the final vote on his party’s tax bill this week, CBS News reported Sunday. McCain, who has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center suffering from the side effects of his treatment for brain cancer, reportedly left Washington, D.C., on Sunday to return home for the holidays. This means he will not be in D.C. for the GOP tax bill vote, which is expected to take place early in the week. Republicans have won over two key votes for the measure, meaning they should still have the razor-thin majority needed to
It appears the Obama Administration weaponized the Federal Bureau of Investigation just like they weaponized the Internal Revenue Service. The Obama administration used government agencies to wage a covert war on their political enemies. This is an all-out war. We have a growing mountain of evidence to suggest the FBI was attempting to overthrow a duly elected president. We have evidence to suggest the FBI was protecting Hillary Clinton so she might be elected president. There is no smoking gun just yet – but the evidence is staggering – it is simply staggering. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) told the Todd
PART I A GLOBAL THREAT EMERGES How Hezbollah turned to trafficking cocaine and laundering money through used cars to finance its expansion. In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation. The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was
CNN, never a friend of its competitor Fox News, now appears to have declared open war on the country’s #1 cable news channel (Fox) and its star host, the cable news ratings leader Sean Hannity. The latest salvo came on Sunday December 17, 2017 on CNN’s weekly media analysis program, Reliable Sources. CNN sniping at Fox News is nothing new. The enmity between the two cable news giants goes back years. Recently, with opposition to President Trump turning white hot and talk of impeachment or obstruction of justice in the air, CNN has been aiming more of its fire at
Some Democratic senators now regret pushing accused groper Sen. Al Franken to resign, and are urging him to stay on, according to a new report. “I think we acted prematurely, before we had all the facts,” one anonymous senator told Politico. “In retrospect, I think we acted too fast.” (Snip) But at least four senators — including three who initially joined the chorus demanding the handsy lawmaker step down — now want the Minnesota pol to reconsider his planned January exit, the site reports. Leading the call is West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — who never called on Franken to resign
WASHINGTON — Fresh off their victory in Alabama’s special Senate election, Democrats now enjoy their largest advantage in congressional preference in nine years, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, signaling a dangerous political environment for Republicans entering next year’s midterm elections. Fifty percent of registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 39 percent who want Republicans in charge. The last time Democrats both held a double-digit lead and hit 50 percent on this question in the NBC/WSJ poll was September 2008, right before the party won the White House and picked
The Obama administration’s director of national intelligence asserted on Monday that Russian president Vladimir Putin is handling President Trump as “an asset.” “I think this past weekend is illustrative of what a great case officer Vladimir Putin is. He knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with the president,” James Clapper told CNN’s Jim Sciutto in an interview. Clapper, a CNN contributor, was responding to news that Putin phoned Trump on Sunday to thank him and the CIA for providing intelligence that helped thwart a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg last week. Sciutto appeared surprised by
Democrat policies are guaranteed to fail, and they have long achieved – and continue to achieve – the statism desired by the vast majority of Democrat voters nationally. Here are the top 20 cities with the highest murder rates in the U.S., per capita: Of these, every city except the last one, Tulsa, has a Democrat majority in the mayoralty and City Council/Board of Aldermen. Here´s the non-fatal shootings top 20. Notice the overlap of several cities. The cities on the non-fatal list absent on the murder list are also Democrat-run cities, except for the last one, Jacksonville. Here are five longtime Democrat empires (all
A guest on MSNBC Monday called President Trump “psychologically deranged” and suggested he might destroy democracy in America. Richard Painter, appearing on “The Beat With Ari Melber,” said, “Well, I think we are in danger, our democracy’s in danger. But there’s one person in control of the military right now, the commander-in-chief is Donald Trump. And there is a risk of him using that power to destroy our democracy, whether you call it a coup or anything else. But it’s not from the critics of Donald Trump that the danger is posed. It’s the fact that the man who is
Hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs said Sunday night he’s interested in buying the Carolina Panthers and signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been unemployed this season after kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday he would be selling the team after the 2017 season, just hours after Sports Illustrated published accusations of sexual misconduct from former employees. Richardson also allegedly used a racial slur about a team scout. Diddy took to Twitter soon after the Panthers announced the upcoming sale, declaring his desire to own a team and increase diversity among NFL ownership.
SAN CASIMIRO, Venezuela — Kenyerber Aquino Merchán was 17 months old when he starved to death. His father left before dawn to bring him home from the hospital morgue. He carried Kenyerber’s skeletal frame into the kitchen and handed it to a mortuary worker who makes house calls for Venezuelan families with no money for funerals. Kenyerber’s spine and rib cage protruded as the embalming chemicals were injected. Aunts shooed away curious young cousins, mourners arrived with wildflowers from the hills, and relatives cut out a pair of cardboard wings from one of the empty white ration boxes that families increasingly depend