Categories for Federal Funding

31,915. 12/31/2019

BORDER/CONGRESS/DHS/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Arguing that President Donald Trump must ‘come to his senses,’ House Democrats offered a plan Monday [12-30-19] to end the government shutdown and give Congress more time to negotiate a deal with the White House over border funding. The plan includes full-year funding for shuttered departments except for the Department of Homeland Security. It also calls for temporary funding for DHS through Feb. 8, putting off for several weeks the major sticking point that caused the shutdown.  Funding for the Department of Homeland Security sits at the center of the ongoing impasse between the White House and congressional Democrats that has led to a partial government shutdown, now in its second week. Trump has sought additional money for a border wall, and Democrats have balked at the idea.” 

David Jackson and John Fritze, “House Democrats propose plan to end government shutdown, extend battle over border money,” USA Today, December 31, 2019 8:25 am

31,900. 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 island over two years — instead of $12 billion over four years that Republican and Democratic leaders on two key congressional committees had endorsed after months of negotiating a long-term financial path for Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has frequently been in Trump’s crosshairs, with the president calling the island ‘one of the most corrupt places on Earth’ and its politicians ‘either incompetent or corrupt.’ Puerto Rico officials have also frequently been critical of the president, especially in the wake of the federal government’s response to the catastrophic Hurricane Maria in 2017.”

Rachana Pradhan, “Trump slashed Puerto Rico’s Medicaid money as part of budget deal,” Politico, December 17, 2019 5:59 pm

29,803. 10/23/2019

EDUCATION/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Order a couple of months ago saying that any school that does not uphold the First Amendment Rights of its students will lose Federal Funding. We have seen a huge change in how the Universities interact with us as a national & local student organization. Our studends….”

Donald Trump,, October 23, 2019 7:29 am

28,803. 9/27/2019

BORDER/CONGRESS/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “Congress voted on Friday [9-27-19] to terminate the national emergency that President Trump has declared at the southwestern border, delivering a bipartisan rebuke of his efforts to redirect federal money to a border wall without congressional approval. The resolution of disapproval — the second time in two months that Congress has rejected Mr. Trump’s scheme to allocate large sums for a border barrier over lawmakers’ objections — fell short of its goal. With only 11 Republicans joining House Democrats in supporting it, the measure did not draw the two-thirds majority that would have been needed to overcome a veto. The Senate, which passed the measure this week, also did not muster a veto-proof majority. But the action underscored the continuing struggle between Mr. Trump and Congress over his signature political promise and domestic priority, a symbol of an immigration agenda that has divided the country and the two political parties.”

Emily Cochrane, “House Again Rejects Trump’s Border Emergency, “ The New York Times online, September 27, 2019

28,801. 9/27/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has signed a short-term spending bill that averts a government shutdown and extends current funding levels and programs through Nov. 21, according to a White House spokesperson. The continuing resolution, H.R. 4378 (116), buys more time for bicameral negotiations on a dozen fiscal 2020 spending bills that would provide updated funding levels for 15 federal departments and dozens of smaller federal agencies. Current federal funding runs out at midnight Monday [9-30-19]. The bill provides another year to send military assistance to Ukraine following the Trump administration’s temporary freeze on the funds. It also allows the president’s trade relief to continue flowing to farmers, while placing new transparency requirements on the funds. Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories would receive a much-needed extension of their Medicaid funding. And the National Flood Insurance Program’s authority and the Export-Import Bank’s charter would be extended through Nov. 21.”

Caitlin Emma, “Trump signs stopgap spending bill to avoid a shutdown,” Politico, September 27, 2019 6:26 pm

28,527. 9/18/2019

CALIFORNIA/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Wednesday [9-18-19] rejected requests from California for more money from Washington to fight homelessness, opening another front in the battle between the White House and the state’s Democratic-led progressive government…Newsom and other Democratic elected officials – including the mayors of California’s largest cities – wrote to President Donald Trump this week asking for more federal funds to expand programs to provide stable living environments for the homeless. Carson said Trump had asked him to respond on his behalf to say no…Since Trump was elected president in 2016, California state officials have filed dozens of lawsuits over the administration’s actions on a host of issues, including immigration, healthcare and the environment. On Wednesday, the two sides went to war over who should set U.S. standards for vehicle emissions and electric cars, the first feint in what is sure to be a long legal battle over issues that will affect the auto industry and consumers nationwide.”

Alex Dobuzinskis, “Trump administration rejects California request for homeless funds,” Reuters, September 18, 2019 6:06 pm

27,919. 8/29/2019

DEFENSE/FEDERAL FUNDING/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “The Trump administration is preparing to take money from military construction funds more than six months after first promising to do so in order to build sections of the wall along the US-Mexico border, according to multiple administration and defense officials. Though it’s unclear which military construction would be put on hold, the move could put at risk projects such as command and control, drone, cyber and training facilities in the US and overseas. White House officials have held talks in the last weeks to begin planning for the move, two administration officials said, which would shift funds from the Department of Defense’s military construction budget to fund the border wall. The move would rely on President Donald Trump’s February emergency declaration, which has faced stiff legal challenges.”

Jeremy Diamond, Ryan Browne, Geneva Sands and Tammy Kupperman, “Trump administration poised to tap military construction funds to build wall,” CNN Politics,, August 29, 2019 9:32 pm

27,755. 8/23/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/NEW YORK/TRANSPORTATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In an effort to revive stalled plans for a new cross-Hudson rail tunnel — a proposal many consider the most important, unfunded construction project in the New York metropolitan area, if not the country — the project’s planners on Friday [8-23-19] proffered a funding proposal they hope will prove more appealing to the Trump administration. More than a year after the federal government said the project was effectively unfit for federal funding, project officials have submitted a new application. It asks for less funding from the Trump administration, thanks to the project’s new, slightly smaller price tag, and additional dollars from Amtrak…The Trump administration has shown no interest in helping Schumer deliver a tunnel for his constituents. Officials stubbornly insist the tunnel is nothing more than a local project, even though it belongs to Amtrak, comprises an integral link in Amtrak’s states-spanning Northeast Corridor and serves the financial capital of the United States.”

Dana Rubinstein, “Rejected once, tunnel backers try again with the Trump administration,” Politico, August 23, 2019 5:37 pm

27,615. 8/19/2019

ABORTION/FEDERAL FUNDING/PLANNED PARENTHOOD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Planned Parenthood said Monday [8-19-19] that it would withdraw from the federal family planning program that provides birth control and other health services to poor women rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule that forbids referrals to doctors who can perform abortions. Planned Parenthood receives about $60 million annually through the federal program, known as Title X. The funds have enabled the group to provide more than 1.5 million low-income women each year with services like birth control and pregnancy tests, as well as screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and breast and cervical cancer. In some rural communities, Planned Parenthood is the only provider of such services. In states like Utah, where Planned Parenthood is the only organization receiving Title X funds, and Minnesota, where Planned Parenthood serves 90 percent of the Title X patients, those seeking care may face long waits for appointments, the group said, while other patients may delay care or go without.”

Pam Belluck, “Planned Parenthood Refuses Federal Funds Over Abortion Restrictions,” The New York Times online, August 19, 2019

27,611. 8/19/2019

ABORTION/FEDERAL FUNDING/PLANNED PARENTHOOD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Planned Parenthood said Monday [8-19-19] that it would withdraw from the federal family planning program that provides birth control and other health services to poor women rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule that forbids referrals to doctors who can perform abortions. Planned Parenthood receives about $60 million annually through the federal program, known as Title X. The funds have enabled the group to provide more than 1.5 million low-income women each year with services like birth control and pregnancy tests, as well as screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and breast and cervical cancer. In some rural communities, Planned Parenthood is the only provider of such services. In states like Utah, where Planned Parenthood is the only organization receiving Title X funds, and Minnesota, where Planned Parenthood serves 90 percent of the Title X patients, those seeking care may face long waits for appointments, the group said, while other patients may delay care or go without.”

Pam Belluck, “Planned Parenthood Refuses Federal Funds Over Abortion Restrictions,” The New York Times online, August 19, 2019 

27,519. 8/16/2019

ABORTION/FEDERAL FUNDING/PLANNED PARENTHOOD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Millions of low-income women could lose access to birth control and other reproductive health services when a Trump administration rule kicks in Monday [9-19-19] night that bans funding for clinics that make abortion referrals, among other restrictions. The new policy steers federal dollars toward anti-abortion, faith-based providers and bans all participating doctors from giving women information about obtaining abortions, which critics call a ‘gag rule.’ Going beyond longstanding restrictions on using federal money for abortions, the rule also cuts off family planning dollars to clinics that use their own money to provide abortions. Some providers who oppose the new policy already have stopped using federal Title X family planning dollars while they await a possible federal appeals court ruling that could block it. That’s allowed Planned Parenthood, as well as states including Oregon, Washington and Illinois, to technically stay in the program without having to follow the new rule. But that could all change in the next few days.”

Alice Miranda Ollstein and Victoria Colliver, “Planned Parenthood at risk in standoff over Trump abortion ‘gag rule’,” Politico, August 16, 2019 2:01 pm

27,446. 8/14/2019

DHS/FEDERAL FUNDING/ICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration wants to pour more federal funding into Immigration and Customs Enforcement by shifting money out of other Department of Homeland Security accounts, two House aides and a congressional office confirmed to POLITICO. The move is sure to rile Democrats already angered by what they see as President Donald Trump’s harsh immigration policies, most recently ICE raids across seven Mississippi food-processing plants that resulted in the arrest of 680 workers. Congressional appropriators are reviewing a request from Homeland Security to redirect more money to ICE, aides said. It’s unclear how much the administration wants to move around through a process known as reprogramming, what the funds would be used for or whether the request would require congressional approval. Aides declined to provide details or a copy of the request. House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), however, was quick to throw cold water on the Trump administration’s bid for more ICE funding.”

Caitlin Emma and Jennifer Scholtes, “Trump administration aims to shift money to immigration enforcement,” Politico, August 14, 2019 5:21 pm

26,689. 7/18/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….of which was squandered away or wasted, never to be seen again. This is more than twice the amount given to Texas & Florida combined. I know the people of Puerto Rico well, and they are great. But much of their leadership is corrupt, & robbing the U.S. Government blind!”

Donald Trump,, July 18, 2019 9:54 am

26,687. 7/18/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A lot of bad things are happening in Puerto Rico. The Governor is under siege, the Mayor of San Juan is a despicable and incompetent person who I wouldn’t trust under any circumstance, and the United States Congress foolishly gave 92 Billion Dollars for hurricane relief, much….”

Donald Trump,, July 18, 2019 9:54 am

26,365. 7/8/2019

CALIFORNIA/FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Spoke to @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy about the earthquakes in California and informed him that we will be working very closely on emergency funding. Also spoke to Governor @GavinNewsom – all working together!” 

Donald Trump,, July 8, 2019 6:02 pm

26,133. 6/28/2019

BORDER/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Emotion, tears and tense confrontations were on display as House Democrats fought over an emergency border aid bill in a debate that deepened the divide between progressives and moderates, further fracturing the unity Democrats have long trumpeted. Progressives were outraged when Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday [6-27-19] that the House would take up — and pass — a bill approved by the GOP-controlled Senate, and which progressives argued did not do enough to protect children in government custody. The Senate bill had overwhelming bipartisan support. Moderate Democrats, on the other hand, argued that they care about the issue just as much and wanted to see aid enacted as quickly as possible, especially as Congress faced a deadline to keep open an important agency that works with refugees. Trying to negotiate the bill could have further delayed funding for what both parties describe as a humanitarian crisis at the border. The fight proved a high-profile test of Pelosi’s ability to keep her caucus together on one of the most sensitive issues for Democrats: immigration.”

Clare Foran, Ashley Killough and Lauren Fox, “Border funding bill fractures House Democratic progressives and moderates,” CNN Politics,, June 28, 2019 2:01 pm

26,056. 6/26/2019

BORDER/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Republican-led Senate on Wednesday [6-26-19] passed a $4.6 billion bill to address the migrant crisis at the southern border, setting up a clash with House Democrats, who have passed a different version of similar legislation. Republican Senate leaders have said they won’t negotiate with House Democrats over differences in their chambers’ emergency funding bills for the border, essentially daring the House to take or leave the Senate bill, which has bipartisan backing and the expected support of President Donald Trump. The Senate vote was 84-8 and came after an emotional debate highlighted Wednesday morning by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s display of a blown-up image on the Senate floor depicting a shocking photo of a Salvadoran father and his daughter who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. It’s unclear whether the Senate and House can reconcile their bills before Congress breaks for a week-long recess later this week.

Kate Sullivan, Ted Barrett and Lauren Fox, “Senate, House headed for confrontation over border funding bill,” CNN Politics,, June 26, 2019 8:48 am

25,993. 6/25/2019

BORDER/FEDERAL FUNDING/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A divided House voted on Tuesday [6-24-19] to send $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid to the border to address horrific conditions facing a crush of migrants, attaching significant rules on how the money could be spent in the first action by Democrats to rein in President Trump’s immigration crackdown. But the package — which passed by a vote of 230 to 195 nearly along party lines, only after Democratic leaders toughened restrictions on the money to win over liberal skeptics — faces a tough path to enactment. A similar measure with many fewer strings binding Mr. Trump has drawn bipartisan support in the Senate. And the House bill faces a veto threat from White House advisers, who regard the Senate bill as the surest way to speed the needed aid to strapped agencies dealing with the migrant influx. Hours before the House bill passed, Mr. Trump said that he did not like some of the restrictions that lawmakers were seeking to place on the humanitarian funding, but that he badly needed the resources.”

Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Emily Cochrane, “House Approves Border Aid, Seeking to Curb Trump’s Crackdown,” The New York Times online, June 25, 2019

25,981. 6/24/2019

BORDER/CONGRESS/FEDERAL FUNDING/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Lawmakers are stumbling in their efforts to address the border crisis before bolting for the holiday recess, dimming long-shot hopes that Congress can meet President Donald Trump’s two-week deadline to stave off his threatened mass deportations. House Democratic leaders spent Monday [6-24-19] night fighting off a last-minute liberal rebellion to tank their $4.5 billion emergency spending package, with progressive lawmakers demanding changes to the bill that complicate the chamber’s plans to deliver money to the border before leaving town Thursday [6-27-19] for a week-long recess…Democratic leaders are now mulling tweaks to the bill that would spell out a standard of care for all children to receive humane treatment, a response to recent news reports that showed children in detention facilities in wretched conditions, some without access to diapers, soap or a toothbrush. The House is still expected to vote on the bill Tuesday [6-25-19], according to lawmakers and aides.”

Heather Caygle, Burgess Everett and Sarah Ferris, “Congress flails after Trump’s deportation ultimatum,” Politico, June 24, 2019 10:40 pm

25,927. 6/21/2019

BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. Democrats in the House of Representatives on Friday [6-21-19] proposed reinstating hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras that was cut off by the Trump administration because thousands of their citizens sought asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico. The proposal was tucked into a bill to provide $4.5 billion in humanitarian assistance to address the surge of migrants at the southern U.S. border. Republican President Donald Trump has sought that funding for U.S. programs that house, feed, transport and oversee the record numbers of Central American families seeking asylum and straining capacity at migrant shelters in U.S. border cities. But the Trump administration cut aid to the three Central American countries earlier this week after Trump expressed unhappiness with their immigration policies. Congressional aides said the administration told them some $550 million in aid would be reallocated or suspended. Democratic lawmakers have said it was cruel to slash aid to countries that are grappling with hunger and crime, and that the move would be counterproductive because it would more likely increase the number of migrants than decrease it.”

Susan Cornwell, “House Democrats propose reinstating aid to Central America,” Reuters, June 21, 2019 12:50 pm

25,776. 6/15/2019

BORDER/FEDERAL FUNDING/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @SteveScalise: For weeks Republicans have asked for an emergency funding bill to help fix the worsening border crisis. Immediate action…”

Donald Trump,, June 15, 2019 1:44 pm

25,486. 6/6/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/LEGISLATION/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump Thursday [6-6-19] signed a package that would deliver $19.1 billion in disaster relief to communities across the country that are still recovering from a spate of catastrophic hurricanes, wildfires and flooding. The House passed the bill, H.R. 2157 (116), on Monday [6-3-19] after Republicans successfully thwarted three attempts to fast-track the package. The Senate passed the bill before the Memorial Day recess, removing Trump’s request for billions in emergency border aid in a last-minute scramble because it was holding up the deal. The legislation was delayed for months prior to that amid partisan infighting. The more than 70-page bill includes $600 million in nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico, in addition to $304 million in new Community Development Block Grant funding for the island and language ensuring that Puerto Rico can access billions in already-appropriated CDBG funds that Democrats accused the Trump administration of slow-walking. It provides $3 billion for farmers to help cover crop losses, $1.6 billion to help repair damaged highways, $720 million for the U.S. Forest Service to help cover wildfire suppression efforts and $120 million to help the National Park Service repair damaged public lands.”

Caitlin Emma, “Trump signs long-stalled $19.1B disaster relief bill,” Politico, June 6, 2019 2:25 pm

25,484. 6/6/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just signed Disaster Aid Bill to help Americans who have been hit by recent catastrophic storms. So important for our GREAT American farmers and ranchers. Help for GA, FL, IA, NE, NC, and CA. Puerto Rico should love President Trump. Without me, they would have been shut out! 

Donald Trump,, June 6, 2019 1:06 pm

25,445. 6/5/2019

BORDER/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Democratic leaders are facing sharp pushback from rank-and-file members on plans to deliver billions of dollars to ease the migrant crisis at the southern border, threatening to drag out another border funding fight with President Donald Trump. Leaders of several groups, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus, have told top Democrats they oppose sending Trump even one more dollar for the border without a slew of strict conditions — complicating any deal with Republicans. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her deputies are under intense pressure to deliver money before the Fourth of July recess in order to avoid being accused of starving the government’s refugee programs. It’s forced Democrats into another agonizing debate on immigration that could expose simmering tensions across the caucus. The president in early May asked Congress for $4.5 billion in emergency aid to address the influx of Central American migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, including $3.3 billion for humanitarian assistance.”

Sarah Ferris, “Dems clash over funding for Trump’s migrant crisis,” Politico, June 5, 2019 3:08 pm

25,421. 6/4/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/JOE BIDEN/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Joe Biden ripped the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria at a campaign stop here on Tuesday [6-4-19] night, saying he suspected that officials botched the response because they didn’t realize people in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens…House lawmakers on Monday [6-3-19] passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill that includes hundreds of millions of dollars in community development grants and nutrition assistance to Puerto Rico and other islands hit by Maria in September 2017. It now awaits Trump’s signature. The president has bristled at the extra aid for Puerto Rico, called officials there ‘grossly incompetent’ and accused them of misusing previously allocated hurricane relief funding. More than 3,000 people died as a result of the hurricane, which devastated Puerto Rico. Trump has challenged that number, saying it is ‘not fair’ to count deaths that happened weeks or months after the storm, though researchers disagree with him. Biden is on a campaign swing in the early-voting state of New Hampshire. Earlier in the day, he talked to voters in Berlin and Plymouth.”

Stephanie Murray, “Biden: Does Trump know Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens?,” Politico, June 4, 2019 9:21 pm