1/14/2021

BUDGET/COVID-19/VACCINES: “President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers a sweeping package of spending cuts to consider before he leaves office, including billions in funding for a global health and vaccine distribution program involved in the Covid fight, according to the package obtained by POLITICO. The $27.4 billion in proposed cuts is known as a rescission request […]

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12/17/2020

BUDGET/DEFENSE/VETO: “President Donald Trump said Thursday [Dec. 17, 2020] he will reject the sweeping defense bill that authorizes a topline of $740 billion in spending and outlines Pentagon policy… Congress must now vote again to override Trump… The bill, which typically passes with strong bipartisan support and veto-proof majorities, authorizes a topline of $740 billion […]

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12/4/2020

BIDEN PEOPLE/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/CRISIS/ECONOMY/JOBS/JOE BIDEN: “I nominated @neeratanden to lead OMB [Office of Management and Budget] because she’s a brilliant policy mind with experience across government. She will help us control the virus, deal with the economic crisis, and build back better. And above all she believes what I believe: a budget should reflect our values. RT […]

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12/1/2020

BUDGET/DEFENSE/SOCIAL MEDIA: “President Trump tweeted late Tuesday [Dec. 1, 2020] that he will veto the National Defense Authorization Act unless Congress repeals Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which critics say unfairly shields social media platforms from liability over items posted on their platforms. These opponents have been vocal that tech behemoths like […]

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10/1/2020

BUDGET: “President Donald Trump signed a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown early Thursday morning [Oct. 1, 2020] after briefly missing the midnight deadline for his signature, averting an unlikely but potentially disastrous scenario that would kneecap federal agencies in the weeks before the presidential election… The Office of Management and Budget had […]

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9/10/2020

BUDGET/JOE BIDEN/MILITARY: “These ‘forever wars’ have to end. I support drawing down the troops. But here’s the problem, we still have to worry about terrorism and [the Islamic State]… We have to focus more on unmanned capacity, cyber and IT, in a very modern world that is changing rapidly. I’ve met with a number of my […]

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2/19/2020

BUDGET/GREENLAND/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s far-fetched plan to acquire Greenland proved unsuccessful last year, but a new idea tucked away in the president’s new budget request has a better chance: a consulate in the independent, ice-covered Danish territory. The administration’s proposal, rolled out last week, would give the State Department $587,000 to build a […]

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2/13/2020

BUDGET/CHUCK SCHUMER/HEALTHCARE/NANCY PELOSI/PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS/SOTU/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Now, if President Trump’s State of the Union was a manifesto of mistruths, as Speaker Pelosi so aptly put it, President Trump’s latest budget proposal is a blueprint for destroying America. One word, nine letters, sums up the president’s budget, H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y, hypocrisy. In his State of the Union Address, […]

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2/11/2020

BUDGET/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “On Monday [2-10-20], President Trump released his proposal for the 2021 federal budget. Although a president’s budget is a clear statement of policy priorities, many of the provisions never actually get through Congress. To better understand how federal spending has changed since Mr. Trump has taken office, we looked at the actual […]

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2/10/2020

BUDGET/DEFENSE/ENTITLEMENTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal on Monday [2-10-20] that includes a familiar list of deep cuts to student loan assistance, affordable housing efforts, food stamps and Medicaid, reflecting Mr. Trump’s election-year effort to continue shrinking the federal safety net. The proposal, which is unlikely to be approved in its […]

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2/8/2020

BUDGET/DEMS/MEDICARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “We will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare in Fiscal 2021 Budget. Only the Democrats will destroy them by destroying our Country’s greatest ever Economy” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 8, 2020 2:01 pm […]

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12/17/2019

BUDGET/FEDERAL FUNDING/MEDICAID/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump intervened to cut the federal government’s Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico as part of a larger government spending deal, according to four sources with knowledge of the discussions. The budget deal unveiled by lawmakers this week allocates up to $5.7 billion in Medicaid funds for the […]

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12/4/2019

BUDGET/RUDY GIULIANI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [12-5-19] downplayed his personal attorney’s multiple phone conversations with someone in the Office of Management and Budget, dismissing records made public Tuesday [12-3-19] as ‘no big deal.’ Speaking with reporters during a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump was asked about the series […]

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11/26/2019

BUDGET/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Two officials at the White House budget office resigned this year partly because of their concerns about President Trump’s decision to hold up congressionally approved security assistance to Ukraine, a third aide at the office told impeachment investigators, revealing dissent within a key agency about Mr. Trump’s refusal to release […]

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11/25/2019

BUDGET/CONGRESS/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “White House budget hawks who have failed to rein in government spending in the Trump era might get a major win — by default. Top Republicans and Democrats are fumbling in their attempts to clinch a deal to fund the government over the next year. The result could be a government-wide spending […]

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8/9/2019

BUDGET/FOREIGN AID/FOREIGN POLICY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump‘s budget office on Friday [8-9-19] ended its pause on several pots of foreign aid amid mounting bipartisan backlash. A senior administration official said the funding halt, which the Office of Management and Budget requested last weekend, was ‘temporary.’ OMB had asked for ‘an accounting’ of billions of […]

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8/2/2019

BUDGET/CONGRESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump signed a two-year, $2.7 trillion budget agreement Friday [8-2-19] that wards off $126 billion in automatic spending cuts and suspends the debt ceiling through July 2021, according to a senior administration official. The deal does not fund federal agencies, with a government shutdown still possible at the Sept. 30 […]

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8/1/2019

BUDGET/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Budget Deal is phenomenal for our Great Military, our Vets, and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! Two year deal gets us past the Election. Go for it Republicans, there is always plenty of time to CUT!”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 1, 2019 9:30 am […]

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7/30/2019

BUDGET/GOP/MITCH MCCONNELL/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate Republican leaders and President Donald Trump are working to whip up support for their bipartisan, $2.7 trillion budget deal, hoping to stave off embarrassing defections ahead of a vote that’s splitting the party. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Majority Whip John Thune are trying to win over undecided rank-and-file […]

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7/25/2019

BUDGET/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In a 72-hour stretch this week, President Donald Trump went a long way toward putting two looming threats to his bid to retain power to rest. The first, impeachment, took a blow on Wednesday [7-24-19] when former special counsel Robert Mueller delivered muted and sometimes shaky testimony before two House panels — […]

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7/25/2019

BUDGET/DEMS/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump chose the pragmatist over the rabble-rousers. In deciding who would lead the White House in budget and debt-ceiling negotiations with Capitol Hill, the president learned a lesson from his embarrassing government shutdown earlier this year: Brush aside the budget hawks in his own party, including acting White House chief […]

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7/23/2019

BUDGET/DEMS/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Budget Deal gives great victories to our Military and Vets, keeps out Democrat poison pill riders. Republicans and Democrats in Congress need to act ASAP and support this deal.”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 23, 2019 5:33 pm […]

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7/22/2019

BUDGET/CONGRESS/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “White House and congressional negotiators reached accord on a two-year budget on Monday [7-22-19] that would raise spending by $320 billion over existing caps and allow the government to keep borrowing, most likely averting a fiscal crisis but splashing still more red ink on an already surging deficit. If passed by Congress […]

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7/22/2019

BUDGET/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am pleased to announce that a deal has been struck with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – on a two-year Budget and Debt Ceiling, with no poison pills….”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 22, 2019 […]

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7/19/2019

BUDGET/GOP/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [7-19-19] extolled the debt ceiling as ‘a sacred element of our country’ that should never be wielded as a bargaining chip in budget talks — despite urging Republican lawmakers to do just that 6½ years ago…The president’s remarks come as White House officials, led by Treasury Secretary […]

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7/18/2019

BUDGET/DEMS/GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congress and the White House are moving toward an ambitious budget deal, but the big question still remains: What will President Donald Trump do? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican senators are pushing Trump to accept an agreement with Democrats that would avoid stiff budget cuts, steer clear of a potential […]

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7/10/2019

BUDGET/DHS/HOLIDAY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s July Fourth event and protests surrounding it cost the Washington government approximately $1.7 million and drained the city’s fund for security, according to Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser. The Emergency Planning and Security Fund will be depleted before the end of the 2019 fiscal year and will stand more than […]

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5/17/2019

BUDGET/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have agreed to begin negotiations on a two-year deal to lift stiff budget caps, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks. The ‘Big 4’ congressional leaders will meet with top […]

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5/13/2019

BUDGET/EDUCATION/SPORTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said Monday [5-13-19] he had followed through on a decision from earlier this year to reverse course and support federal funding for the Special Olympics…The President’s budget is generally taken as a statement of administration priorities and does not reflect actual government appropriations. The initial call for cuts to […]

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4/11/2019

BUDGET/CONGRESS/REGULATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration issued new guidelines on Thursday [4-11-19] that will expand White House and congressional oversight and review of federal agencies’ rule-making processes, including those for traditionally independent agencies such as the Federal Reserve. The 15-page memo, issued by Office of Management and Budget acting Director Russell Vought, outlines how the […]

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4/11/2019

BUDGET/DEFICIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Here’s a headline you might have missed amid the onslaught of news about Julian Assange, William Barr, Nipsey Hussle and Michael Avenatti: ‘US budget deficit running 15% higher than a year ago.’ The story cites this monthly report from the Treasury Department detailing these few eye-popping facts: 1) The budget deficit grew […]

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4/4/2019

BUDGET/DEMS/GOP/NATURAL DISASTER/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump received a ring from an unusual caller on Wednesday [4-3-19] evening: Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. The vulnerable Alabama Democrat urged Trump to accept more money for Puerto Rico as a way to unstick a $13 billion disaster aid bill that’s stalled in the Senate. But Trump so […]

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4/2/2019

BUDGET/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump criticized Puerto Rico’s government on Tuesday over federal aid directed to the island territory, pushing an inaccurate figure for the cost of hurricane recovery effort and ripping local leaders as ‘grossly incompetent’ and corrupt. In a string of tweets late Monday night and Tuesday morning, Trump falsely […]

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4/2/2019

BUDGET/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Democrats formally punted on releasing a budget blueprint on Tuesday [4-2-19], instead unveiling a bill that would increase military and domestic spending caps by more than $350 billion over the next two years. The proposal frustrated fiscal hawks on both sides of the aisle and Democrats on the party’s […]

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4/2/2019

BUDGET/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Tuesday [4-2-19] lashed out at Puerto Rico’s local lawmakers as ‘grossly incompetent’ and singled out one of his favorite targets, Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, as ‘crazed and incompetent.’ Mr. Trump’s latest invective toward the local leaders of an island devastated by a hurricane […]

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4/1/2019

BUDGET/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Senate was unable to bridge a partisan divide Monday [4-1-19] over disaster aid, leaving in the lurch Puerto Ricans still recovering from Hurricane Maria, Californians trying to rebuild from wildfires and Midwestern communities soaked by recent floods. Neither Republicans, pushing for immediate aid for the Midwest, nor Democrats, pushing for […]

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4/1/2019

BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Trump administration’s now-abandoned plan to eliminate $17.6 million in federal funding for the Special Olympics is looking like a boon for the nonprofit. Rather than cutting off the Special Olympics from all federal money, lawmakers are weighing a possible increase for the fifth year in a row as high-profile advocates rally […]

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4/1/2019

BUDGET/CRIME/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Monday [4-1-19] hosted about 300 guests, including convicted felons, at the White House for the ‘First Step Act Celebration,’ a party intended to bring attention to a rare piece of bipartisan legislation he passed last year, and which he plans to highlight on the campaign trail. The East Room […]

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3/29/2019

ABORTION/BUDGET/PLANNED PARENTHOOD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s sweeping changes to federal family planning policy may not hit anywhere harder than Utah, which has $2 million at stake and would be hard pressed to Planned Parenthood if the organization makes good on a threat to pull out of the state rather than operate under the new […]

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3/28/2019

BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/EDUCATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump said on Thursday [3-28-19] that the federal government would continue to fund the Special Olympics, reversing his administration’s decision to cut the allocated money, which his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, had been defending on Capitol Hill only hours earlier…His statement was an abrupt pivot from the stance offered […]

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3/27/2019

BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Former California First Lady Maria Shriver, whose mother founded the Special Olympics, is vowing to fight Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ latest attempt to end federal funding for the program for athletes with developmental disabilities. Shriver told POLITICO in a statement that she is ‘deeply disappointed’ in the proposal to slash nearly $18 million […]

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3/26/2019

BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/DEMS/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “For the third year in a row, Democrats dinged Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday [3-26-19] for proposing to cut funds from the Special Olympics, after-school programs and support for students from low-income families. The difference is that this time, Democrats control the House…Overall, DeVos proposed a 12% decrease in funding for […]

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3/13/2019

BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “For the third year in a row, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed ending a loan forgiveness program for public service workers and eliminating subsidized loans for low-income students. The budget put forward this week by President Donald Trump has little chance of being accepted by Democrats who control one chamber of […]

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3/12/2019

BUDGET/CALIFORNIA/EDUCATION/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he’s ‘mad as hell’ and will push back hard against a proposal in Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget to cut nearly $1.3 billion in funding for after-school programs critical to millions of kids and their working parents — including 150,000 kids in California alone. After-school programs ‘save […]

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3/12/2019

BUDGET/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/MEDICARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Democrats on Tuesday [3-12-19] zeroed in on ‘malicious’ proposed cuts to health care and other social programs, reviving their winning midterm message in a first attack on President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.7 trillion fiscal 2020 budget proposal. Cuts by the Trump administration to programs like Medicare and Social Security, […]

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3/12/2019

BUDGET/HIV-AIDS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s 2020 budget request of an extra $291 million to fight the spread of H.I.V., experts said on Tuesday [3-12-19], will not be remotely sufficient to meet the goal he announced in his State of the Union address: to nearly eliminate the AIDS epidemic in the United States within 10 years. […]

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3/12/2019

BUDGET/ENTITLEMENTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “On Friday [3-8-19], the White House announced that Karen Pence, the second lady, would lead a delegation to the United Arab Emirates in support of disabled American athletes at the Special Olympics. On Monday [3-11-19], the White House’s budget proposed striking $17.6 million in grants to expand the event. What a difference […]

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3/11/2019

BUDGET/CONGRESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump sent his annual budget vision to Congress on Monday [3-11-19], starting a new battle over how to fund the government that sets up the nation for an even more destructive shutdown when money runs out later this year. The president’s plan seeks deep cuts from agencies like the Department […]

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3/11/2019

BUDGET/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Presidential budgets are by tradition declared dead on arrival even before the details reach Capitol Hill, and President Trump’s $4.75 trillion budget for the 2020 fiscal year received that greeting in spades on Monday [3-11-19]. But with a new Democratic majority in the House, the release of Mr. Trump’s budget […]

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3/11/2019

BUDGET/ECONOMY/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s $4.75 trillion budget proposal unveiled on Monday [3-11-19] brims with confidence that the United States economy will continue to expand rapidly, despite recent data suggesting growth is slowing. Mr. Trump told reporters last week that the economy is ‘very, very strong.’ His budget proposal forecasts 3.2 percent growth in […]

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3/11/2019

BUDGET/CONGRESS/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump sent Congress on Monday [3-11-19] a record $4.75 trillion budget plan that calls for increased military spending and sharp cuts to domestic programs like education and environmental protection for the 2020 fiscal year. Mr. Trump’s budget, the largest in federal history, includes a nearly 5 percent increase in military spending […]

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2/15/2019

BUDGET/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “On Friday, February 15, 2019, the President signed into law: H.J.Res. 31, the ‘Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019,’  Divisions A through G of the enrolled bill provide full-year funding for fiscal year (FY) 2019 through September 30, 2019, for projects and activities of all Federal Government agencies and programs not yet included in […]

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1/6/2019

BUDGET/GOVERNMENT: [Reporter: “Mr. President, do you relate to the pain of federal workers who can’t pay their bills?”] “I can relate. And I’m sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustment. They always do. And they’ll make adjustment. People understand exactly what’s going on. But many of those people that […]

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12/18/2018

BORDER/BUDGET/GOVERNMENT/MITCH MCCONNELL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “Mitch McConnell thinks he’s gotten President Donald Trump to back off his shutdown threat. And it’s looking increasingly likely to come with a short-term punt. The Senate majority leader emerged from a lengthy party lunch after a flurry of mixed signals from the White House to declare there will be no […]

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12/18/2018

BUDGET/DEMS/GOP/GOVERNMENT/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “Senate Republicans are drafting a stopgap spending bill to extend the funding deadline for approximately 25% of the federal government until February 8, according to three sources. The decision to move forward on the short-term plan hasn’t been finalized, the sources said. There are still senators who are urging GOP leaders to […]

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12/17/2018

BUDGET/GOP/GOVERNMENT/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate Republicans are searching for a way out of the impending partial government shutdown. But they are waiting for President Donald Trump to weigh in before making a move, and he appears to be in no rush to help them out. Roughly one-fourth of the federal government is scheduled to shutter on […]

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12/17/2018

BUDGET/GOVERNMENT/POLLS/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Americans have a clear message to Washington as the government hurtles toward a partial shutdown Friday [12-21-18]: Don’t. By a double-digit margin, 54 percent to 29 percent, those surveyed in a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll say they oppose the shutdown that President Donald Trump threatened if Congress doesn’t agree to his […]

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12/12/2018

BUDGET/DEMS/GOVERNMENT/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The trick in Washington has always been to make sure a government shutdown is pinned on the other guy. President Trump is the first to ever pin one on himself. In a new twist on the old game of shutdown politics dating to the 1990s, Mr. Trump was essentially goaded on Tuesday […]

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12/11/2018

BORDER/BUDGET/CHUCK SCHUMER/DEMS/NANCY PELOSI/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “President Donald Trump just made it nearly impossible for Republicans to blame Democrats for an increasingly likely partial government shutdown. But they’re going to try anyway. House Republicans are considering passing a stopgap spending bill that provides $5 billion for Trump’s border wall, essentially daring Senate Democrats to accept it […]

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12/11/2018

BORDER/BUDGET/CHUCK SCHUMER/IMMIGRATION/NANCY PELOSI/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “President Donald Trump clashed sharply with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in a remarkable Oval Office meeting before reporters Tuesday [12-11-18], with the president threatening to shut down the government and the Democrats warning him they will not bend. In a pitched partisan argument televised for all to see, the […]

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12/11/2018

BORDER/BUDGET/CHUCK SCHUMER/DEMS/NANCY PELOSI/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “U.S. President Donald Trump openly fought with the top two Democratic lawmakers in the Oval Office on Tuesday [12-11-18] about government funding, as disagreements over a U.S.-Mexico border wall prompted Trump repeatedly to threaten a late December government shutdown. Trump’s demand for billions of dollars to build the southwest border […]

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12/9/2018

BUDGET/CONGRESS/DEFENSE/MILITARY/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump has backed plans to request $750 billion from Congress for defense spending next year, a U.S. official said on Sunday, signaling a Pentagon spending hike at a time of potential belt-tightening elsewhere in the government. Trump, faced with a budget deficit at a six-year high, told his Cabinet […]

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11/28/2018

BUDGET/CONGRESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “U.S. President Donald Trump said he would ‘totally be willing’ to shut down the federal government unless Congress authorized $5 billion to fund his long-promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a Politico interview published on Wednesday [11-28-18]. Trump also told the news outlet that the suggested $5 billion […]

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11/21/2018

BUDGET/CONGRESS/DEMS/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “Congress just can’t help itself: With a partial government shutdown potentially two weeks away, Democrats and Republicans are dug in, each side upping its demands and vowing not to buckle to the other. President Donald Trump is pressuring Republicans to obtain at least $5 billion for his border wall, far more than […]

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11/14/2018

BUDGET/CHUCK SCHUMER/DHS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday [11-14-18] that budget negotiations are set to move forward so long as President Donald Trump doesn’t interfere with them…He added that Senate Democrats also want to ensure that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker doesn’t interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller’s […]

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10/17/2018

BUDGET/DEFENSE/GOVERNMENT/MILITARY/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [10-17-18] instructed federal department leaders to slash 5 percent from their budgets next year, signaling a renewed interest in belt-tightening amid mounting deficits…Even the military could see slight cuts from its current budget: Trump said the Pentagon’s budget would ‘likely be $700 billion,’ according to a White […]

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10/17/2018

BUDGET/CABINET/DEFICIT/MILITARY/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump, faced with a budget deficit at a six-year high, on Wednesday [10-17-18] told his Cabinet to come up with proposals to cut spending by their agencies by 5 percent, but he suggested the military would be largely spared…The administration is beginning to pull together plans for the president’s […]

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5/9/2018

BUDGET/CONGRESS/HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House is seeking to cut funding from the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, as part of its larger request for cuts to the federal budget in a rescissions package sent to Congress this week. The request from President Donald Trump includes a $7 billion cut to the popular […]

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5/7/2018

BUDGET/CONGRESS/CONSUMER PROTECTION/SPENDING/TRUMP PEOPLE: “In his time in the Trump administration, Mick Mulvaney has produced two budgets that slashed federal spending and were heralded as blueprints for the deconstruction of the administrative state. Even Republicans ignored them, and Congress then added billions to the very programs he targeted in what seemed a personal rebuke. But Mr. […]

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4/25/2018

BUDGET/DEMS/ENTITLEMENTS/GOP/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is preparing to submit to the U.S. Congress up to $25 billion in immediate spending cuts, including possible reductions to social safety net programs, lawmakers said on Wednesday [4-25-18], in a move that could upend a budget deal enacted last month.The White House plan, which has not yet been […]

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4/13/2018

BUDGET/GOP/SPENDING/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The White House is ignoring warnings from worried Hill Republicans and moving ahead with plans to cut billions of dollars from the massive spending bill that Congress passed in late March, after President Donald Trump has spent weeks grousing about the legislation. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney — himself a […]

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4/13/2018

BUDGET/CONGRESS/PAUL RYAN/SPENDING/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A six-month budget truce stitched together by Congress in March could unravel if Republican leaders vying to replace U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan indulge party conservatives who want to renege on critical parts of the pact. At issue is a resurgent move by conservative Republicans to rescind, or cut about […]

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4/12/2018

BUDGET/CONGRESS/ELECTION/SPENDING/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote as early as Thursday [4-12-18] on a balanced budget amendment that would prohibit federal spending from exceeding federal revenues, but it is seen as a largely symbolic gesture.The vote is meant to show Republican voters that their party cares about fiscal responsibility, but […]

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4/11/2018

BUDGET/DEFICIT/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. government’s budget deficit widened in the first half of its fiscal year as spending rose faster than revenue compared with the first six months of fiscal 2017. The deficit, or the difference between the amount of money the government spent and what it took in, stood at $599.71 billion in […]

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4/10/2018

BUDGET/CONGRESS/GOP/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Republican leaders, stung by President Donald Trump’s rebuke of Congress’ recent trillion-dollar spending spree, are moving to give their rank and file cover by passing a balanced budget amendment this week. But many conservatives, including a good number of House Republicans, say the vote is insincere at best — and blatantly […]

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4/3/2018

BUDGET/DEMS/GOP/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As Republicans run into a buzz saw of conservative criticism over a deficit-expanding new budget, GOP leaders and the White House are looking for ways to undo the damage by allowing President Donald Trump to rescind some of the spending he signed into law just 10 days ago. Rolling back the funds […]

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3/30/2018

BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/CONGRESS/GOP/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Congress just gave Education Secretary Betsy DeVos everything she didn’t want: a bigger budget and a guarantee that certain department offices wouldn’t be cut. Mrs. DeVos had sought significant cuts to both the department’s budget and staff. But Congress didn’t go along with her plans in the big spending bill that it […]

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3/27/2018

BUDGET/MEXICO/MILITARY/PAUL RYAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “President Donald Trump is floating the idea of using the military’s budget to pay for his long-promised border wall with Mexico. Trump raised the idea with House Speaker Paul Ryan at a meeting last week, according to a person familiar with the discussion who spoke on condition of anonymity. And he’s […]

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3/21/2018

BUDGET/DEMS/WALL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming. Most importantly, got $700 Billion to rebuild our Military, $716 Billion next year…most ever. Had to waste money on Dem giveaways in order to take care of military pay increase and new equipment.” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Mar. 21, 2018 […]

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3/21/2018

BUDGET/CONGRESS/GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congress plans to unveil a massive bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending package Wednesday [3-21-18] that will keep the government funded until the end of September, and the White House and GOP leaders say the plan has President Donald Trump’s support. But questions remain whether the proposal can pass Congress without shutting down the […]

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3/20/2018

BETSY DEVOS/BUDGET/EDUCATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will go before a House panel on Tuesday [3-20-18] to defend her agency’s budget, including a sweeping overhaul of the Education Department that has strained relations within her agency and with Congress — and defies the White House’s budget office. In recent weeks, Ms. DeVos has clashed fiercely […]

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3/16/2018

BUDGET/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As another U.S. government funding deadline looms, a huge spending bill is ground zero in the latest battle between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over President Donald Trump’s push to toughen immigration policy. Lawmakers have until March 23 to work out how to fund an array of government agencies for the next […]

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3/12/2018

BUDGET/MILITARY/NONTRUTHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump held a rally at Pittsburgh’s airport on Saturday [3-11-18] evening to try to shore up support for Rick Saccone, the Republican on the ballot in a special election on Tuesday to fill a House seat representing a conservative western Pennsylvania district. But he spent most of his 75-minute speech veering […]

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3/8/2018

ABORTION/BUDGET/HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE(ACA)/PLANNED PARENTHOOD: “A push from the White House and congressional Republicans to add new antiabortion provisions into a sweeping spending bill has divided lawmakers as they work to reach a deal that will fund the government beyond mid-March. Republican lawmakers want to expand restrictions that already prevent federal funding from going to abortions, and they […]

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2/28/2018

BUDGET/MIKE PENCE: “Vice President Mike Pence cast his ninth tie-breaking vote in the Senate on Wednesday [2-28-18] to save the confirmation of Russell Vought to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Vought had some controversial writings in his past related to Islam, which were brought up during his confirmation hearing. Sen. […]

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2/19/2018

BUDGET/GOP/IRS/TAXES/TREASURY: “A turf battle is breaking out in the Republican Party over which agencies should have a say in writing new regulations stemming from last year’s landmark tax legislation. Some Republican senators are pressuring the Office of Management and Budget to get involved in reviewing tax regulations, breaking a 35-year-old practice where tax regulatory work […]

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2/14/2018

BUDGET/HOLIDAY/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A military parade requested by President Donald Trump could cost taxpayers between $10 million and $30 million depending on the complexity of the event, the White House budget director told lawmakers Wednesday [2-14-18]. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the figures were based on preliminary estimates, and weren’t included […]

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2/13/2018

BUDGET/HUD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers about 46 million low-income Americans both sustenance and economic choice by providing an allowance to buy the fruit, meat, fresh vegetables, soda, ice cream and kind of bread they want to eat. But on Monday [2-12-18], the Trump administration sprung a surprise: Under a proposal in […]

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2/13/2018

BUDGET/HUD/INFRASTRUCTURE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, released Monday [2-12-18], calls for work requirements for those who receive public housing subsidies and slashes funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development by $8.8 billion. The budget outline also zeroes out the Public Housing Capital Fund, dedicated to rehabilitating and modernizing […]

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2/12/2018

BUDGET/TRUMP MEMORANDA: “SEQUESTRATION ORDER FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 PURSUANT TO SECTION 251A OF THE BALANCED BUDGET AND EMERGENCY DEFICIT CONTROL ACT, AS AMENDED By the authority vested in me as President by the laws of the United States of America, and in accordance with section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act […]

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2/12/2018

AGRICULTURE/BUDGET/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is proposing to save billions in the coming years by giving low-income families a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month instead of food stamps. White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday [2-12-18] hailed the idea as one that kept up with the modern era, calling it a […]

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2/12/2018

BUDGET/CONSUMER PROTECTION/MICK MULVANEY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Monday [2-12-18] further detailed its vision to change the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, proposing that the regulator get less funding and fewer enforcement powers along with an overhauled mission that is friendlier to companies. In the CFPB’s new five-year strategic plan, the administration articulated the thinking […]

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2/12/2018

BORDER/BUDGET/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump released Monday [2-12-18] a $4.4 trillion budget proposal that would boost spending for the military and border security, cut many domestic programs and projects deficits through the next decade. The blueprint underscores what has become clear in recent months: that the budget austerity Republicans pursued in 2011 has ended. […]

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