US Politics in Trump era Public date: 17.09.2019 01:44:11

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12 May 2019

Trump administration proposes $7.1 billion funding cut to Education Department

The Trump administration is looking to cut the Education Department’s funding by $7.1 billion compared to what it was given last year.  The budget proposal suggests eliminating 29 programs, including after-school and summer programs for students in high-poverty areas, among other things.
The Trump administration is looking to cut the Education Department’s funding by $7.1 billion compared to what it was...
8 May 2019

The US Is Spending $1.25 Trillion Annually on War

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And keep one thing in mind: that $750 billion represents only part of the actual annual cost of our national security state.
In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and...
13 Mar 2019

Trump’s 2020 budget proposes $1 trillion cut to Medicare, Medicaid

The White House released its 2020 budget proposal on Monday, proposing more than $1 trillion in cuts to the popular programs Medicare and Medicaid and giving insight into what the executive branch would do if Congress didn’t control the federal government’s pocketbook. The most notable cut comes out of Medicaid, a health program for people who are low-income or have a disability, which Trump proposes cutting by more than $700 billion over 10 years.
The White House released its 2020 budget proposal on Monday, proposing more than $1 trillion in cuts to the popular...

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13 Mar 2019

Trump Proposes To End Student Loan Forgiveness Program

The White House released Trump's 2020 budget proposal, which contains important implications for higher education and student loans. The budget includes $64.0 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Education, a $7.1 billion, or 10%, decrease compared to the 2019 funding. The budget, as it relates to student loans, is built on several stated goals, among others:
The White House released Trump's 2020 budget proposal, which contains important implications for higher education and...
3 Jan 2019

Pay-Go Pelosi Rams Austerity Provision Into House Rules Package

“There’s enormous appetite in the Democratic Party and among all Americans for major public investment to tackle our nation’s major crises: deepening inequality and structural racism and climate disaster,” said Waleed Shahid, communications director for Justice Democrats, in a statement to The Intercept. “Pelosi and the Democratic Party leadership’s support of Paygo makes actually solving these crises all but impossible.
“There’s enormous appetite in the Democratic Party and among all Americans for major public investment to tackle our...

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6 Oct 2018

Ajit Pai faces rare criticism from GOP senator on rural broadband failures

US Sen. John Thune (R-SD) yesterday blasted the Federal Communications Commission, saying it has failed to prevent budget cuts in funding for rural broadband. "These cuts could cause providers to halt or cancel broadband buildout, reducing the availability of broadband throughout rural America," Thune also said. "This could also cause an increase to the cost of service to those who already receive service, putting at risk investments already made."
US Sen. John Thune (R-SD) yesterday blasted the Federal Communications Commission, saying it has failed to prevent...
6 Oct 2018

‘My classroom has asbestos and bats’: a message for Betsy DeVos

Secretary DeVos, this is what American teachers want you to know about their struggles. In September, the Guardian invited a team of public school teachers to serve as guest editors of our site and share their stories of teaching in America. As part of the project, our teacher-editors published a manifesto entitled “We shouldn’t be on food stamps: Teachers on how to fix America’s education system”.
Secretary DeVos, this is what American teachers want you to know about their struggles. In September, the Guardian...

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18 Sep 2018

DHS transferred $169 million from other programs to ICE for migrant detention

The Department of Homeland Security transferred $169 million from other agencies to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the detention and removal of migrants this year, according to a document sent to Congress by DHS.
The Department of Homeland Security transferred $169 million from other agencies to Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
6 Jun 2018

A crucial Medicare trust fund will run out three years earlier than predicted

The financial future of the part of Medicare that pays older Americans’  hospital bills has deteriorated significantly, according to an annual government report that forecasts that the trust fund will be depleted by 2026 — three years sooner than expected a year ago. According to the report, less money will be flowing into the hospital-care trust fund in part because the tax law passed this year will cause the government to collect less in income taxes.
The financial future of the part of Medicare that pays older Americans’  hospital bills has...

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21 May 2018

Trump May Be The Most Fiscally Reckless President In American History

ُThink about why Trump is asking for rapid action on the 2019 appropriations: He wants even more spending. Even though his policies have spiked the annual budget deficit to a new normal of a $1 trillion (with $2 trillion  definitely within view) and interest rates are now starting to go up in large part because of his out-of-sync-with-the-economy stimulative fiscal policy, Trump is demanding that federal spending and the government's red ink be increased even further.
ُThink about why Trump is asking for rapid action on the 2019 appropriations: He wants even more spending....
13 Feb 2018

Trump budget seeks 23 percent cut at EPA, eliminating dozens of programs

The White House is seeking to cut more than $2.5 billion from the annual budget of the Environmental Protection Agency — an overall reduction of more than 23 percent. The fiscal 2019 proposal released Monday marks the Trump administration’s latest attempt to shrink the reach of an agency the president once promised to reduce to “little tidbits.” The EPA already has lost hundreds of employees to  buyouts and retirements over the past year, and its staffing is now at  Reagan-era levels.
The White House is seeking to cut more than $2.5 billion from the annual budget of the Environmental Protection Agency...
12 Feb 2018

White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits

President Trump on Monday sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget with steep cuts in domestic programs and entitlements, including Medicare, and large increases for the military, envisioning deficits totaling at least $7.1 trillion over the next decade. The blueprint, which has little to no chance of being enacted as written, amounts to a vision statement by Mr. Trump, whose plan discards longtime  Republican orthodoxy about balancing the budget, instead embracing last year’s $1.5 trillion tax cut and new spending on a major infrastructure initiative.
President Trump on Monday sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget with steep cuts in domestic programs and...

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11 Feb 2018

Liberals Wanted Fiscal Stimulus. Conservatives Delivered It.

Left-leaning economists hate the timing and the composition. But the expansionary fiscal policy they sought is on the way. The fiscal austerity that drove the budget deficit from around 9 percent of G.D.P. in 2010 to 3 percent in 2016 has, for practical purposes, been abandoned. First, Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill in December that sharply cut rates on businesses. Then last week they made a deal to undo budget caps demanded by the Republican House in 2011. President Trump signed that bill on Friday.
Left-leaning economists hate the timing and the composition. But the expansionary fiscal policy they sought is on the...

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7 Feb 2018

Pentagon says war in Afghanistan costs taxpayers $45 billion per year

Forty-five billion dollars. That’s how much the Pentagon says the Afghan war is costing American taxpayers, and with no end in sight they may have to keep footing that bill for years to come.
Forty-five billion dollars. That’s how much the Pentagon says the Afghan war is costing American taxpayers, and with...

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12 Sep 2017

Congress Rejects Trump Proposals to Cut Health Research Funds

Congress has rejected President Trump’s plan to cut funds for biomedical research and would instead increase spending by the National Institutes of Health. The appropriations committees in both houses rejected Mr. Trump’s proposal to slash payments to universities for overhead — the “indirect costs” of research financed by the health institutes. These include the cost of utilities, internet service, data storage, the construction and upkeep of laboratories and compliance with federal rules protecting human subjects of clinical research.
Congress has rejected President Trump’s plan to cut funds for biomedical research and would instead increase spending...
29 Aug 2017

The “I” of the Storm: Trump’s Egotistical Failure in the Face of Harvey

Remember that until October, we’re still living on Obama money. He owns this hurricane and the resources available to it. The upcoming Trump budget, then, will give us a good idea of how the new president  plans to make his “investment in our future,” because that’s literally what it is. Mr. Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint,  literally titled “America First: A budget blueprint to make America great again,” thrashes disaster relief funding. He proposed cutting FEMA state and local funds by $667 million. That of course includes response and relief to weather-related disasters, but it also cuts state and local counterterrorism funds. In New York Fucking City, for instance, where the threat of terrorist attack is fairly high, I’d wager.
Remember that until October, we’re still living on Obama money. He owns this hurricane and the resources...
21 Jun 2017

Trump seeks sharp cuts to housing aid, except for program that brings him millions

President Trump’s budget calls for sharply reducing funding for programs that shelter the poor and combat homelessness — with a notable exception: It leaves intact a type of federal housing subsidy that is  paid directly to private landlords.One of those landlords is Trump himself, who earns millions of dollars each year as a part-owner of Starrett City, the nation’s largest subsidized housing complex. Trump’s 4 percent stake in the Brooklyn complex earned him at least $5 million between January of last year and April 15, according to his recent financial disclosure.
President Trump’s budget calls for sharply reducing funding for programs that shelter the poor and combat...
25 May 2017

There’s Finally a Dollar Amount Attached to How Much Trump Hates the EPA

President Donald Trump reserves a special level of antipathy for the Environmental Protection Agency. He campaigned on eliminating the EPA "in almost every form," and his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, declared that its climate change programs "waste your money." But his full budget wish list released Tuesday actually assigns a dollar value to his promises. In it, the EPA faces the steepest cut of any agency or department across the government, a 31.4 percent reduction, to $5.7 billion, its lowest level in 40 years.
President Donald Trump reserves a special level of antipathy for the Environmental Protection Agency. He campaigned on...
23 May 2017

Trump to propose big cuts to safety-net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits

President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress  about cutting the safety net.
President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to...
19 Apr 2017

Atom-smashing scientists are unnerved by harsh Trump budget

Researchers say the U.S. needs federal science dollars to compete with China. President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget outline, released last month, envisions a dramatically smaller federal investment in science and medicine, while boosting spending on the military and reserving billions for a wall on the Mexico border. The budget blueprint includes cuts to agencies that have traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support, such as the National Institutes of Health. The proposed cuts have added some urgency to the March for Science, which is expected to draw tens of thousands of people Saturday in Washington and in cities around the country.
Researchers say the U.S. needs federal science dollars to compete with China. President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget...
8 Apr 2017

The cost of Betsy DeVos’s security detail — nearly $8 million over nearly 8 months

Federal marshals are protecting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a cost to her agency of nearly $8 million over nearly eight months, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. The Education Department has agreed to reimburse the marshals $7.78 million for their services from mid-February to the end of September, said a marshals spokeswoman — an average of about $1 million per month.
Federal marshals are protecting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a cost to her agency of nearly $8 million over nearly...

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17 Mar 2017

Trump’s Budget Cuts Some Agencies to Their Lowest Levels in Decades

The president’s plan would cut spending for many agencies to historically low levels. President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint released on Thursday proposes cuts in discretionary spending for most government agencies to pay for large increases in military spending.
The president’s plan would cut spending for many agencies to historically low levels. President Trump’s 2018 budget...

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17 Mar 2017

Trump Takes a Gamble in Cutting Programs His Base Relies On

President Trump’s proposal on Thursday for deep cuts to the budgets of a broad part of the federal bureaucracy was billed as a tough-minded and necessary corrective to the growth of the government’s power. But even  members of his own party questioned some of the cuts — and what was not being cut. “While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the president’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,” said Representative Harold Rogers, Republican of Kentucky and a former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
President Trump’s proposal on Thursday for deep cuts to the budgets of a broad part of the federal bureaucracy was...

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17 Mar 2017

Donald Trump could reverse cuts to arts, poor and elderly if he stopped staying at Mar-a-Lago, figures show

Donald Trump could reverse his recently announced cuts to arts, poor and elderly services if he cut his trips to Mar-a-Lago and lived permanently in White House instead, figures indicate. Calculations show four programmes that face elimination - which tackle homelessness, unemployment among over-55s, participation in the arts and helping the poor access higher education - could be maintained at the cost of the President’s trips to his private Florida resort over the course of four years.
Donald Trump could reverse his recently announced cuts to arts, poor and elderly services if he cut...

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8 Mar 2017

Trump’s Defense Budget Militarizes US Foreign Policy

The signature blueprint of any US president is the federal budget.  Donald Trump is giving us an insight into how he views the world and what resources he intends to employ in advancing US interests abroad. The FY 2018 defense budget proposal alters the way the United States projects its power while offering no levelness between defense and diplomacy. However, the chances that the current version of the proposal  will pass through the US Congress are slim; a prominent Republican Senator called it “dead on arrival.”
The signature blueprint of any US president is the federal budget.  Donald Trump is...
4 Mar 2017

White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in the crosshairs of the White House. The White House is seeking to slash the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s budget by 17 percent, imposing big cuts to research and satellite programs, according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in the crosshairs of the White House. The White House is seeking...
21 Jan 2017

Donald Trump set to ‘eliminate arts funding programs’, cutting off NPR and PBS

President-elect Donald Trump is believed to be planning on shutting down arts and heritage programs as part of a raft of budget-tightening measures. The Hill, whose source is an unnamed member of Trump’s transition team, reported that Trump will eliminate both the National Endowment For The Arts and the National Endowment For The Humanities, and privatise the Corporation For Public Broadcasting.
President-elect Donald Trump is believed to be planning on shutting down arts and heritage programs as part of a raft of...
14 Jan 2017

Hypocrite Republicans Vote To Add $10 Trillion Onto US National Debt

In a stunning move, the Republican-led U.S. Senate has just passed a  concurrent budget resolution that will increase the federal debt by a whopping 10 trillion dollars. Under the questionable leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Senate voted to authorize a national debt of over $29 trillion over the next years.
In a stunning move, the Republican-led U.S. Senate has just passed a  concurrent budget resolution that will...
5 Aug 2016

Hillary Clinton would hike taxes by $1.3 trillion

Right wing media criticizing the Hillary Clinton budget claiming that her policies on expanding government role in family leave and student loans would contribute significantly to the deficit. This report is a clear example of how media plants false hoods without any specifics.
Right wing media criticizing the Hillary Clinton budget claiming that her policies on expanding government role in...

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