Thursday, February 08, 2018

Congressional Leaders Reach Budget Deal

Congressional leaders clinched a two-year deal to lift strict budget caps on defense and domestic spending, putting an end to a series of short-term spending bills and shutdown fights that have defined Washington the past few months. ... "This bill is the product of extensive negotiations among congressional leaders and the White House. No one thinks this bill is perfect. But we worked hard to find common ground and stay focused on serving the American people," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in announcing the agreement. "The budget deal doesn't have everything Democrats want. It doesn't have everything the Republicans want. But it has a great deal of what the American people want," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). "After months of legislative logjams, this budget deal is a genuine breakthrough."

Comments

Interesting.

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-07 03:31 PM

It still needs all 100 Senators to approve an expedited vote, and Rand Paul and Chris Van Hollen have both come out against it, so we will need to wait and see if one of them votes against an expedited procedure.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-07 04:21 PM

I'll believe it when I see it.

And even then I will have my doubts.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-07 05:31 PM

Of course the bulk of the spending increase is to the DoD.

God what a money pit our military is.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-08 03:52 PM

But, we still need a strong military to stand guard for all the sick Americans without healthcare until they all die off. Then we won't need the military anymore. We will be a country in chaos because we lost the Information War (without firing a shot)and full of weak sickos stumbling about aimlessly but surrounded by a big beautiful wall.

Also, who will march in the Bigly Parade for Humpy?

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-08 06:46 PM

"Of course the bulk of the spending increase is to the DoD."

Maybe because the DoD employs tens of thousands of union employees???

#6 | Posted by madbomber at 2018-02-08 08:54 PM

Maybe because the DoD employs tens of thousands of union employees???

I'm pretty sure that's not the reason. I'd be it's more about pork projects for campaign ads.

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-02-08 08:58 PM

#7

Then you would be wrong.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-08 11:13 PM

Government has shut down

#9 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-02-09 12:11 AM

Thanks Rand, now the Senate has to wait until about 3 am to get past cloture, then the House has to vote. I am sure everyone in the Senate and House are really happy with him right now.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-09 01:06 AM

7
Then you would be wrong.

#8 | POSTED BY wrongOcenter

Actually you are wrong, but the new again anyone with 2 brain cells left that reads your pap is aware of that.

#11 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-02-09 06:08 AM

7
Then you would be wrong.

#8 | POSTED BY wrongOcenter

Actually you are wrong, but the new again anyone with 2 brain cells left that reads your pap is aware of that.

#12 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-02-09 06:10 AM

Hooray the government is funded!

#13 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-09 06:11 AM

Government has shut down

#9 | Posted by truthhurts

Trump has never seen any debt that he didn't love.

"I'm the king of debt. I love debt," -Trump

YUP. Republicans extracted trillions from our future and our children's future and I didn't feel a thing!

I slept right thru it.

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-09 01:51 PM

The president proposes a $52bn increase in military spending while reports of waste and abuse pile up. An investigation must scrutinise spending

On Thursday, Donald Trump released a preliminary budget proposal that calls for a $52bn increase in military spending. But just last December, a Washington Post investigation found that the Pentagon had buried a report that outlines $125bn in waste at the Department of Defense. That gap between lawmakers' calls to blindly increase spending at DoD versus those of internal auditors to curtail its waste isn't a new problem, and it's one that, without pressure, won't be resolved any time soon.

That's because although it's required to by law, the DoD has never had an audit, something every American person, every company and every other government agency is subject to. The result is an astounding $10tn in taxpayer money that has gone unaccounted for since 1996.

"Over the last 20 years, the Pentagon has broken every promise to Congress about when an audit would be completed," the director of the Audit the Pentagon coalition, Rafael DeGennaro, told the Guardian. "Meanwhile, Congress has more than doubled the Pentagon's budget."

amp.theguardian.com

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-09 01:56 PM

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