CORONAVIRUS/COVID/FEDERAL FUNDING/LEGISLATION: “American Rescue Plan, 2021 [H.R.1319] [Signed into law by Joe Biden on Mar. 11, 2021] The first relief bill from the Biden presidency includes $1.9 trillion in total spending. The package has $1,400 stimulus checks, money for schools to reopen, and billions for vaccine distribution and development. The bill will be the second largest […]

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CORONAVIRUS/FEDERAL FUNDING: “Look, the states need help [with coronavirus]. There’s a reason why the Constitution said the federal government could have a deficit spending in times of crisis and states have to balance their budgets. It’s for this very thing. It’s the whole idea, your states have to balance your budgets. So what’s happening? You’re […]

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CORONAVIRUS/COVID/FEDERAL FUNDING/LEGISLATION: “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 [H.R.133] Signed into law on Dec. 28, 2020. [signed into law by Donald Trump] The $920 billion in total spending (attached to a larger government funding bill) included $600 stimulus checks, renewed the Paycheck Protection Program, provided billions for vaccines, and a renewal of a federal boost to unemployment benefits […]

Read More… from 12/27/2020


DEMS/FEDERAL AID/GOP: “But let me just explain that it’s very simple. I want to do it [coronavirus relief package] even bigger than the Democrats. Not every Republican agrees with me but they will. But I want to do it even bigger than the Democrats because this is money going to people that did not deserve […]

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CIVIL UNREST/CRIME/FEDERAL FUNDING/PROTESTS/TRUMP ADMIN: “My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses. We’re putting them on notice today. @RussVought45“ ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 2, 2020 2:27 pm […]

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CIVIL UNREST/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRUMP ADMIN: “Unfortunately, anarchy has recently beset some of our States and cities. For the past few months, several State and local governments have contributed to the violence and destruction in their jurisdictions by failing to enforce the law, disempowering and significantly defunding their police departments, and refusing to accept offers of Federal […]

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ECONOMY/FEDERAL FUNDING: “President Trump said Friday [Aug. 14, 2020] that he had directed the Treasury Department to prepare a second round of stimulus checks for American families, but he blamed Democrats for holding up the direct payments… Both political parties broadly support sending another cash payment of $1,200 for adults and $500 for kids — […]

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FEDERAL FUNDING/JOE BIDEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Trump is unilaterally reducing the amount laid-off workers could receive. And he purports to provide these benefits until the end of the year, but only identifies enough funding to make it a handful of weeks… He is taking billions of dollars of federal natural disaster funding away so it won’t be […]

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FEDERAL FUNDING/TRANSPORTATION: “I am pleased to announce that the Seattle area’s @SoundTransit will receive over $166M in federal funds from @USDOT to help keep the transit system open & operational, helping get people to work or make necessary trips. These funds help replace lost fare revenue, very important!“ –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 19, 2020 6:36 […]

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FEDERAL FUNDING/TRANSPORTATION: “I am proud to announce the Portland Area’s @trimet will receive over $184M in federal funds to support continued operations of their transit system. This will keep workers on the job and help the economic recovery by ensuring reliable transportation!“ –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 19, 2020 6:26 am […]

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CALIFORNIA/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRANSPORTATION: “I am proud to announce the San Francisco Bay Area will receive over $700M in federal funds to support continued operations and support workers at @flySFO Intl Airport and for transit on @sfmta_muni & @SFBart. This money will aid in economic recovery!“ –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 19, 2020 6:25 am […]

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FEDERAL FUNDING/ICE/SANCTUARY CITIES/POLICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “But I think, in the bigger picture, I don’t see helping cities and states if they’re going to be sanctuary. Because all sanctuary means to me is it’s protecting a lot of criminals and — and others — many people. But they are — there are criminals. And, you know, […]

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DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/STATES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Why should the people and taxpayers of America be bailing out poorly run states (like Illinois, as example) and cities, in all cases Democrat run and managed, when most of the other states are not looking for bailout help? I am open to discussing anything, but just asking?” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

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CORONAVIRUS/COVID/FEDERAL FUNDING/LEGISLATION: “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act [H.R. 266] Became law April 24, 2020 [signed into law by Donald Trump] At $483 billion, the measure authorized more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and funding for COVID-19 testing.” -Nicholas Wu and Javier Zarracina, “All of the COVID-19 stimulus bills, visualized,” usatoday.com, Mar. […]

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BUSINESS/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democrats are blocking a 251 Billion Dollar funding boost for Small Businesses which will help them keep their employees. It should be for only that reason, with no additions. We should have a big Infrastructure Phase Four with Payroll Tax Cuts & more. Big Economic Bounceback!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 10, […]

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CORONAVIRUS/COVID/FEDERAL FUNDING/LEGISLATION: “CARES Act [H.R. 748 – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act] Became law March 27, 2020. [signed into law by Donald Trump] The $2.2 trillion bill included $1,200 stimulus checks, enhanced unemployment benefits, created the Paycheck Protection Program small business forgiveness loan program, aid for state and local governments, and […]

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CORONAVIRUS/COVID/FEDERAL FUNDING/LEGISLATION: “Families First Coronavirus Response Act [H.R. 6201] Became law March 18, 2020. [signed into law by Donald Trump] The $225 billion legislation provided COVID-19 testing funds, paid sick leave, and food assistance funding.” -Nicholas Wu and Javier Zarracina, “All of the COVID-19 stimulus bills, visualized,” usatoday.com, Mar. 11, 2021 […]

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CORONAVIRUS/COVID/FEDERAL FUNDING/LEGISLATION: “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 [H.R. 6074] Became law March 6, 2020 [signed into law by Donald Trump] Provided $8.3 billion to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the United States by funding vaccine and testing development.” -Nicholas Wu and Javier Zarracina, “All of the COVID-19 stimulus bills, visualized,” usatoday.com, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Read More… from 12/17/2019


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, Twitter.com, October […]

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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 […]

Read More… from 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Read More… from 8/29/2019


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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!” […]

Read More… from 7/18/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 6/28/2019


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 […]

Read More… from 6/26/2019


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. […]

Read More… from 6/25/2019


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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! https://t.co/HXvYYdcNW5”  –Donald […]

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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 […]

Read More… from 6/5/2019


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 […]

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AGRICULTURE/FEDERAL FUNDING/HOUSE OF REPS/NANCY PELOSI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump ratcheted up his feud with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday [5-23-19], turning an event organized to announce a multibillion-dollar aid package to farmers into a nearly half-hour-long diatribe against his Democratic rivals. Rejecting Pelosi’s characterization of his decision to scrap a meeting Wednesday [5-22-19] […]

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BORDER/FEDERAL FUNDING/GOP/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Republicans senators say President Donald Trump has agreed to a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill, providing relief to a country beset by devastating floods, wildfires and hurricanes without funding for the border that the President had sought. Late Thursday [5-23-19], the President tweeted his approval of the measure: ‘The U.S. […]

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BORDER/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/ICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democratic leaders have agreed to fund a portion of the White House’s emergency funding request to address the surge of migrants at the southern border, according to multiple sources. Top Democrats indicated to Republicans late Thursday afternoon that they are willing to include some of the White House’s $4.5 billion proposal […]

Read More… from 5/16/2019


CALIFORNIA/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRANSPORTATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The federal Transportation Department on Thursday [5-16-19] fulfilled its promise to cancel a nearly $1 billion grant that would have helped pay for California’s bullet train, in yet another blow for the ambitious high-speed rail project meant to connect Los Angeles to the Bay Area. In a letter to state officials, […]

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FEDERAL FUNDING/NASA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House is requesting an additional $1.6 billion ‘down payment’ for next year to help finance its ambitious goal of returning American astronauts to the moon in 2024. But it declined to say where the money would come from. The budget amendment, sent to Capitol Hill Monday [5-13-19] night, is […]

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FEDERAL FUNDING/GOP/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congressional Republicans on Thursday [5-9-19] floated a new disaster aid proposal to Democrats to break the logjam over Puerto Rico, but it is unlikely to end the bitter, monthslong stalemate that has frustrated both parties, according to multiple aides. The Republicans’ latest funding offer would add billions of dollars […]

Read More… from 5/9/2019


FEDERAL FUNDING/FLORIDA/HUD/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Standing  before an enthusiastic, loyal crowd of hurricane-ravaged residents, many of whom are still dealing with the aftershock, President Donald Trump said he would do everything he legally could to get more money to the Florida Panhandle…Because Michael was reclassified as a Category 5 storm, the federal government will be able to […]

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AGRICULTURE/FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTER/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and others unless much more money is given to Puerto Rico. The Dems don’t want farmers to get any help. Puerto Rico should be very happy and the Dems should stop blocking much needed Disaster Relief!”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 6, […]

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CONGRESS/FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Puerto Rico has been given more money by Congress for Hurricane Disaster Relief, 91 Billion Dollars, than any State in the history of the U.S. As an example, Florida got $12 Billion & Texas $39 Billion for their monster hurricanes. Now the Democrats are saying NO Relief to……” –Donald […]

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BORDER/CONGRESS/FEDERAL FUNDING/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House asked Congress on Wednesday [5-1-19] to allocate $4.5 billion in emergency funds for the southwestern border as federal agencies struggle to house and cope with the influx of asylum seekers coming into the United States. The request, which includes about $3.3 billion to house unaccompanied migrant children, feed […]

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ABORTION/COURTS/FEDERAL FUNDING/PLANNED PARENTHOOD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge in Washington state on Thursday [4-25-19] blocked a Trump administration rule that would have overhauled the Title X federal family planning program and cut funding to health providers that offer abortions or abortion referrals. U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Bastian, an Obama appointee, issued a nationwide injunction […]

Read More… from 4/25/2019


ABORTION/COURTS/FEDERAL FUNDING/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A lack of clear guidance from the Trump administration on its imminent overhaul of the federal family planning program has left states and health providers scrambling to figure out the rules — even as legal challenges cast doubt on when and whether the change will take effect. Revisions to the Title […]

Read More… from 4/25/2019