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Uncle Sam’s spending – from high tech and subscriptions, to cooks and bathrooms

  • 11:51 pm Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

While Congress and the White House try to work out a plan to fund the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year, spending by Uncle Sam continues on a whole host of items, from highly advanced technical research at NASA and the Pentagon, to more mundane items, like subscriptions to magazines and journals, and janitorial services.

Here’s a few things that the federal government spent your tax dollars on in the past few days:

1. Very smart people doing very smart people things. NASA has been very effective at sprinkling its research facilities around the country, which has spawned strong, [More]

Homeland Security chief says Congress should “shut up and support” Trump efforts to slow illegal immigration

  • 12:13 pm Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After almost three months of stepped up enforcement under President Donald Trump, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday that new efforts to stem the flow of illegal immigration into the United States are quickly paying off, as he said lawmakers in Congress who don’t like the enforcement changes by the Trump Administration should change the laws, or “shut up.”

“If lawmakers do not the laws that we enforce, that we are charged to enforce, that we are sworn to enforce, then they should have the courage and the skill to change those laws,” Kelly said in a speech at [More]

In echo of Obama, Trump furthers his agenda by executive actions

  • 10:12 pm Monday, April 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump signs a new executive order on Tuesday to spur both the hiring of American workers and the purchase of American products by the federal government, those type of executive actions represent most of the progress made on his agenda in his first three months in office, as the Congress remains grounded on health care, tax reform and other legislative priorities.

While Republicans growled about President Barack Obama using his “pen and his phone” on executive orders and actions, the GOP looks at things much differently, now that their party is setting that Executive Branch agenda.

“The executive orders [More]

Once again, Congress blows by another April 15 budget deadline

  • 9:38 pm Sunday, April 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In the midst of a two week break from legislative work in Washington, D.C., most lawmakers in the Congress probably did not mark the failure of the House and Senate to approve a spending blueprint by a yearly April 15 deadline, as once again the budget work of the House and Senate is behind schedule before the leaves are fully on the trees.

“On or before April 15 of each year, the Congress shall complete action on a concurrent resolution on the budget,” it states quite clearly in the federal statute that sets out a series of deadlines for lawmakers to [More]

Waiting on the details of a Trump tax reform plan

  • 3:02 pm Saturday, April 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As I was finishing my taxes this weekend, the complexity of that work was again on display as the tax deadline was approaching, a fresh reminder that politicians of both parties have long talked about making the federal tax code simpler, but have achieved nothing substantial along those lines for over thirty years, since the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

Will 2017 be any different?

1. Trump wants tax reform – but will he get that through Congress? It’s very easy to call for tax reform. It’s very easy to call for tax cuts. But as we saw with the [More]

Trump keeps Export-Import Bank, but chooses fierce critic to run it

  • 10:11 pm Friday, April 14th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

A few days after backing off on his campaign pledge to get rid of the Export-Import Bank, President Donald Trump on Friday sent mixed signals about the future of the agency, by nominating a former GOP Congressman to run the bank’s operations, who has said it engages in corporate welfare.

Former Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), who lost his 2016 bid for re-election, would be the new President of the Export-Import Bank, which helps foreign companies get the financing they need to buy U.S. products and exports.

During his final two years in Congress, Garrett made no bones about wanting to scrap all [More]

CIA chief slams Wikileaks as “hostile intelligence service”

  • 9:14 pm Thursday, April 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Months after joining other Republicans in praising leaks about Democrats from the internet site Wikileaks, CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted the group in a Washington, D.C. speech as a “hostile intelligence service,” charging that the overriding aim of Wikileaks is to help Russia and others in further anti-American goals.

“It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is – a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” Pompeo said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“WikiLeaks walks like a hostile intelligence service and talks like a hostile intelligence service,” [More]

White House Budget Chief: Trump vow to eliminate debt was “hyperbole”

  • 9:03 pm Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

While Republicans have vowed for years to balance the federal budget, there are few signs that President Donald Trump or GOP lawmakers will make significant headway to cut into the current $20 trillion federal debt, as a top White House aide said Wednesday that Mr. Trump’s campaign talk of getting rid of the debt was “hyperbole.”

“It’s fairly safe to assume that was hyperbole,” said White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney, who told CNBC in an interview that the President was not going to focus on major changes in mandatory spending as a way to balance the budget, “because [More]

Trump infrastructure plan remains on the drawing board

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

One of the ideas to spur new economic growth that President Donald Trump has talked about repeatedly is his idea of forging a $1 trillion infrastructure package to build new roads, bridges, sewer systems and more around the country – but the White House so far has not produced any details of such a plan, and Republicans in the Congress don’t have anything on the table yet, either.

The President will meet with a group of CEO’s at the White House on Tuesday on the issue – it’s something he has highlighted repeatedly since taking the oath of office, even though [More]

Congressional schedule not getting the job done for Congress

  • 9:20 pm Sunday, April 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As lawmakers in Congress scatter back to their districts and around the world over an extended Easter break, a look at the calendar makes clear that if Republicans are going to make dramatic advances on the legislative agenda of President Donald Trump, the current Congressional work schedule might need to change, to ensure that Congress is in session and voting more often.

It’s easy to beat up on Congress about their legislative schedule; weeks that feature votes on the floor of the House and Senate from Monday through Friday are rare. Congress makes sure to take a lengthy summer break [More]