Tag: Federal Budget (US)

Trump Plans to End the AIDS Epidemic. In Places Like Mississippi, Obstacles Are Everywhere.

JACKSON, Miss. — “I come from the smallest town in Mississippi, in the buckle of the Bible Belt,” said Gerald Gibson, outreach manager at Open Arms Healthcare Center, the only clinic created to serve gay black men in this state. “Growing up, I didn’t know anybody like me,” he added. “I come from a culture […]

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Senate Rejects Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration, Setting Up First Veto

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday easily voted to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border, delivering a bipartisan rebuke to what lawmakers in both parties deemed executive overreach by a president determined to build his border wall over Congress’s objections. The 59-41 vote on the House-passed measures set up […]

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Trump Proposes a Record $4.75 Trillion Budget

WASHINGTON — President Trump sent Congress on Monday a record $4.75 trillion budget request that proposes an increase in military spending and sharp cuts to domestic programs like education and environmental protection for the 2020 fiscal year. Mr. Trump’s budget, the largest in federal history, includes a nearly 5 percent […]

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Trump Budget to Request $8.6 Billion in Additional Wall Funding

WASHINGTON — President Trump will ask Congress on Monday for $8.6 billion in additional funding to build a wall along the United States border with Mexico, a person familiar with the details said on Sunday. The request, which will come as part of Mr. Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal, is […]

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Trump Budget to Request Additional Wall Funding

President Trump will ask Congress on Monday for additional funding to build a wall along the United States border with Mexico, a top administration official said on Sunday. The request, which will come as part of Mr. Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal, is certain to reignite a conflict with Democrats […]

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Senate Has Votes to Overturn Trump’s Emergency Declaration

With Senator Rand Paul’s decision to support a resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration, Congress appears ready to deliver a stern rebuke to the president over his border wall and a clear statement that it will defend its ability to control federal spending. Senator Paul, a libertarian-minded Kentuckian, said […]

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Rand Paul, a Key Vote, Appears to Support Blocking Trump’s Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, appeared to signal support this weekend for a resolution that would overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, which would provide the crucial vote needed for the Senate to pass the measure. “I can’t vote to give […]

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16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 16 states, including California and New York, on Monday challenged President Trump in court over his plan to use emergency powers to spend billions of dollars on his border wall. The lawsuit is part of a constitutional confrontation that Mr. Trump set off on Friday […]

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Congress Expected to Swiftly Pass Border Deal to Prevent Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Congress will move quickly Thursday to pass a border security deal that deprives President Trump of what might be his last chance to build his wall, leaving the White House to decide whether to try to go around Congress to find the money. The Senate will vote first […]

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Your Grandchildren Are Already in Debt

Medicare for All. The Green New Deal. Free college tuition. With each new entrant into the Democratic presidential sweepstakes comes a fresh cascade of ambitious social programs to entice and excite would-be supporters. The list of “payfors,” to use a bit of Washington jargon, grows more slowly. They’ll pay for […]

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To Avoid a Recession, Start Spending Now

The strong economic growth of mid-2018 — the stock market soared, hiring picked up and consumer spending surged — reflected, in part, the benefits of a boost in fiscal stimulus. The Trump administration pushed for, and got, a huge tax cut, and then, to give the economy even more oomph, […]

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Democrats Push Plan to Increase Social Security Benefits and Solvency

WASHINGTON — After years of Republican-led debate over how to pare back Social Security’s rising costs, Democrats are flipping the script with an ambitious plan to expand the New Deal-era social insurance program while making gradual changes to keep it solvent for the rest of the century. The Social Security […]

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With Deadline Looming, Border Security Talks Face Hurdles in Congress

WASHINGTON — The reopening of the federal government signals the start of three weeks of intense negotiations over border security in an ideologically divided Congress that threaten to leave Republican and Democratic leaders right where they began: at risk of a government shutdown. The stopgap spending bill President Trump signed […]

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Senate Leaders Reach Deal That Offers Possible Path to Reopen Government

WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote Thursday on two separate bills that would bring an immediate end to the partial government shutdown: one backed by President Trump that includes $5.7 billion for his border wall and another that would simply extend funding for shuttered agencies through Feb. 8. The plan, […]

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A Shut Down Government Actually Costs More Than an Open One

A federal government shutdown might seem like a great way to save money: When agencies aren’t open, they aren’t spending tax dollars. But history shows us that closing the government actually costs more than keeping it open. Shuttered parks can’t collect entrance fees. Furloughed workers will ultimately get paid for […]

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Who’s Afraid of the Budget Deficit?

On Thursday, the best House speaker of modern times reclaimed her gavel, replacing one of the worst. It has taken the news media a very long time to appreciate the greatness of Nancy Pelosi, who saved Social Security from privatization, then was instrumental in gaining health insurance for 20 million […]

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Trump Issues Order Freezing Federal Workers’ Pay in 2019

President Trump issued an executive order on Friday freezing pay for federal civilian workers in 2019, even as about 800,000 of them were either furloughed or working without pay because of a partial government shutdown. The executive order follows a proposed pay freeze that the president outlined in the budget […]

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As Shutdown Continues, Resolution May Depend on Definition of ‘Wall’

WASHINGTON — With a partial government shutdown stretching past Day 5, the impasse over funding a wall at the southwestern border has highlighted the debate over effective border security, with a breakthrough possibly hinging on a semantic argument: What is a wall? Lawmakers will return to Capitol Hill on Thursday […]

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In Latest Shutdown, Some Lawmakers See a Diminished Congress

WASHINGTON — As the third government shutdown of the Trump era dragged into Christmas, lawmakers from both parties said on Monday that the partial lapse in government funding was in large part the consequence of Congress’s ceding of power to the executive branch, a longstanding trend that may have peaked […]

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White House Budget Chief Says Shutdown May Extend Into January

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, said on Sunday that it was “very possible” that the impasse over funding that has shuttered large parts of the federal government would continue into January, when the new Congress is seated. The government partially shut down Saturday morning, and hours later the […]

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