Category: Thom Tillis

White House budget projects $1 trillion deficit in 2019

President Trump’s first budget (for FY 2018) projected a $526 billion deficit in 2019, under its policies. The FY 2019 Mid-Session Review released last Friday revises his current budget to a $1,085 billion deficit in 2019. That’s an increase of roughly $560 billion, or more than double.

Altogether, tax cuts and spending hikes account for more than four-fifths of the deficit increase between the President’s FY 2018 Budget and the recent Mid-Session Review. Moreover, CBO’s estimates show revenue will fall by $1 trillion, not rise by that amount.

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The Way Trump and the GOP Deal With Russian Attacks Is ‘Textbook Treason’

David Rothkopf, CEO and Editor of Foreign Policy Magazine, takes the gloves off and puts a good old fashioned beat-down on the GOP in this powerful piece for The Daily Beast. “To attack one of our national defense leaders [Rosenstein] as we are being attacked, and to do so to benefit our foreign adversary, is textbook treason.”

“That is strong language. But consider this: If we updated our definitions of war to include cyberwar, then aiding a foreign power engaged in such a war against us would certainly meet the Constitutional definition: ‘Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.’”

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A Running List of How Trump Is Changing the Environment

The Trump administration’s tumultuous presidency has brought a flurry of changes—both realized and anticipated—to U.S. environmental policy. Many of the actions roll back Obama-era policies that aimed to curb climate change and limit environmental pollution, while others threaten to limit federal funding for science and the environment. This post surveys 2018 EPA “accomplishments” and provides you with a link to prior efforts.

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As Migrant Families Are Reunited, Some Children Don’t Recognize Their Mothers

PHOENIX — One mother had waited four months to wrap her arms around her little boy. Another had waited three months to see her little girl again.

When the reunions finally happened Tuesday in Phoenix, the mothers were met with cries of rejection from their children.

“He didn’t recognize me,” said Mirce Alba Lopez, 31, of her 3-year-old son, Ederson, her eyes welling up with tears. “My joy turned temporarily to sadness.”

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Vote against the GOP this November

Consider the melancholy example of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), who wagered his dignity on the patently false proposition that it is possible to have sustained transactions with today’s president, this Vesuvius of mendacities, without being degraded. In Robert Bolt’s play “A Man for All Seasons,” Thomas More, having angered Henry VIII, is on trial for his life. When Richard Rich, whom More had once mentored, commits perjury against More in exchange for the office of attorney general for Wales, More says: “Why, Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world . . . But for Wales!” Ryan traded his political soul for . . . a tax cut. He who formerly spoke truths about the accelerating crisis of the entitlement system lost everything in the service of a president pledged to preserve the unsustainable status quo.

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Six proposals to end the separation of families immigrating illegally at the border are before Congress

Exhausted yet? Can’t quit now, though. The issue is too important. This article gives you links to an analysis of each piece of proposed legislation. None of them suit me perfectly, though each has a legitimate response to different facets of very genuine problems.

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STOP US GOVERNMENT SPONSORED TERRORISM – CALL TO ACTION

The Trump administration is using the children as ammunition in a war of state-sponsored terrorism against the Central American cartels. It is a war he can never win even though the cartels care no more about these people than he does. It is profoundly wrong and since he won’t see that, it is up to us, the people, to stop it now.

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Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters

“The facilities that they have for the most part are not licensed for tender age children,” said Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, who met with a 4-year-old girl in diapers in a McAllen warehouse where Border Patrol temporarily holds migrant families. “There is no model for how you house tons of little children in cots institutionally in our country. We don’t do orphanages, our child welfare has recognized that is an inappropriate setting for little children.”

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The Government Has No Plan for Reuniting the Immigrant Families It Is Tearing Apart

No protocols have been put in place for keeping track of parents and children concurrently, for keeping parents and children in contact with each other while they are separated, or for eventually reuniting them. Immigration lawyers, public defenders, and advocates along the border have been trying to fill the void.

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RSS US House Activity Excerpt

  • H.R.6147
    Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019 (07/18/2018 legislative day)
  • H.R.2
    Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (07/18/2018 legislative day)
  • H.Res.1001
    Providing for consideration of the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 119) expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. (07/18/2018 legislative day)
  • H.R.1037
    To authorize the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes. (07/18/2018 legislative day)
  • H.Res.990
    Supporting the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (07/18/2018 legislative day)

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  • PN1403
    Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, vice Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, retired. (07/18/2018 legislative day)
  • PN1645
    Andrew S. Oldham, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, vice Edward C. Prado, retiring. (07/18/2018 legislative day)

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