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Congress Punts to Let Trump Decide Current-Year Federal Spending

Congress has decided to put off final spending decisions for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 into next year to give President-elect Donald Trump the chance to have the final say. Instead of negotiating a $1 trillion omnibus spending package of 11 bills, lawmakers will instead vote on a stopgap measure lasting through March

Congress Averts Shutdown by Clearing Stopgap Bill With Zika Cash

Congress sent President Barack Obama a stopgap spending bill on Wednesday after lawmakers reached a bipartisan deal to keep the government funded through Dec. 9. In its last vote before the November election, the House passed the measure 342-85 late Wednesday, following a favorable Senate vote earlier in the day. The White House indicated Wednesday

Health Departments Cut Programs While Awaiting Zika Funding

While Congress fidgets over whether and how to pay for the fight against the Zika virus, state and local health departments are scrambling and slimming down. That’s because these front-line public health agencies have already seen their budgets chopped because of the debate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in April cut $44 million

In Texas, health care workers quit jobs to work at McDonald’s

Here’s an unusual story out of Texas which seems to defy all the conventional wisdom about employment trends and wages. The local press has noticed that nursing homes are having trouble filling the health care jobs at their facilities these days. That’s particularly curious when you consider that healthcare has consistently been one of the

End Unauthorized Federal Spending

Phil Kerpen, The federal government is scheduled to spend $310 billion of your tax dollars this year on federal programs that are not authorized by law according to the Congressional Budget Office. That’s about a quarter of all so-called discretionary spending, so one of every four taxpayer dollars Congress spends is going to a program

Child Deportations Complicate Advancing Obama Border Bill

 President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to address thousands of children entering the U.S. illegally at the Mexican border is being met by obstacles in Congress from lawmakers in both parties. Republicans, who have long advocated tougher border security, are demanding legislation to speed deportation of the minors in exchange for new spending. Some

Harry Reid and Senate Dems Refuse To Actually Legislate

Kevin Glass  With Democrats scared that they’re going to lose the Senate in the November 2014 elections, they’ve been very hesitant to actually legislate. Doing so would require some of their members to actually take a position on some important issues, and in response to that, they’re just grinding everything to a halt. Well, more

Election year a drag on productivity in Senate

 A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber’s modest productivity this election season to a near halt. With control of the Senate at risk in November, leaders are going to remarkable lengths to protect endangered Democrats from casting tough votes and to deny Republicans legislative victories in the midst

Budget realities confront McDaniel’s rhetoric

 Republican primary challenger Chris McDaniel puts the nation’s $17 trillion debt at the center of his bid to represent Mississippi in the Senate, bashing six-term Sen. Thad Cochran as a profligate spender who has contributed to a problem that McDaniel considers “immoral.” At the same time, the potential tea party hero pledges support for Mississippi’s

Greedy, Dirty Harry Reid pulls spending bill after spat with GOP

 In a major blow to efforts to get Congress’ troubled budget process back on track, the Senate’s top Democrat yanked a $180 billion spending measure from the Senate floor Thursday after Republicans protested a plan that would have denied them the chance to more easily win changes to the measure. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,

1.9 BILLION in Welfare for Illegals, What about Healthcare for Our Veterans?

 Illegal immigration is a serious problem in the U.S., and it’s also a major hot-button political issue that has stirred up waves of controversy for years. Much of the problem with this issue focuses on the availability of welfare benefits for immigrants who’ve entered the country illegally and seem intent on staying here. These individuals typically don’t pay

GOP’s point man on Benghazi is seasoned prosecutor

 Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republicans’ newest point man on the Benghazi attack, is a seasoned prosecutor determined to apply his well-honed courtroom skills to an election-year examination of the Obama administration’s actions. Tapped by House Speaker John Boehner, the two-term South Carolina congressman will lead a special select committee investigating the chaotic night of Sept.