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Trump’s Budget Cuts Face Resistance From Republican Lawmakers

Republican leaders are voicing disapproval of budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump. “I doubt there’d be a lot of appetite for dramatic cuts this year,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told Roll Call. “I just look at it as a conversation. They’ve got their views, we’ve got our views, and we need to sit down and work that out.” According to CQ Roll Call’s Budget Tracker newsletter, Republican leaders such as Cornyn are openly disproving of Trump’s requested $18 billion in spending cuts for the current fiscal year budget, Politico reports. Funding for the federal government will run out during the last week of April. In order to avoid a government shutdown, Congress must pass a spending bill by April 28. Trump has suggested several ways to trim government spending, and some … Read entire article »

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GOP Senators Ask Trump Administration to End ‘Too Big to Fail’ Policies

A group of Republican senators is leading an effort to end government-backed “too big to fail” bailout policies. In an effort to end the practice of taxpayer bailouts of private companies, 10 Republican senators from the Senate Banking Committee penned a letter to the Trump administration requesting that he terminate these policies for nonbanks, claiming they have resulted in significant expenses. “Too big to fail” is a policy implemented by the Obama administration under the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that allowed the Financial Stability Oversight Council—a federal board—to offer nonbanks taxpayer support for bailouts. The letter said, “You have our strong support for using all the tools available as Secretary of Treasury to end ‘too big to fail’ and ensure that hard-working Americans are not responsible for any new bailouts.” The … Read entire article »

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Pro-Life Activist Who Filmed Planned Parenthood Responds to ‘Bogus’ Charges

The pro-life activists who created undercover videos that triggered multiple state and congressional investigations into Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices are facing more than a dozen new felony charges in California. The charges, brought by the state’s attorney general, allege Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden and his partner, Sandra Merritt, unlawfully recorded people without their consent, and conspired to invade their privacy. In total, Daleiden and Merritt face 15 felony charges. Daleiden dismissed the charges as “bogus” and politically motivated. “The bogus charges from Planned Parenthood’s political cronies are fake news,” he said in a statement. “The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners like StemExpress and DV Biologics—currently being prosecuted in California—who have harvested and sold aborted baby body parts for profit for years in direct … Read entire article »

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The Truth About the Economic Impact of North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’

When then-North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed H.B. 2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (commonly known as the “bathroom bill”), into law on March 23, 2016, critics argued that corporate backlash against the measure would cost North Carolina dearly. Now, more than a year later, the Associated Press has provided an updated estimate of the economic fallout: The Associated Press used dozens of interviews and multiple public records requests to determine that North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’ will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years. The overwhelming majority of the reported impact, or $2.66 billion over 12 years, is attributable to PayPal’s cancellation of a planned 400-employee operations center less than two weeks after the bill was passed. The effects of similar site location decisions by … Read entire article »

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The Opportunities Brexit Gives Britain to Reshape Itself

Today, British Prime Minister Theresa May formally notified the European Union that Britain will leave the union. This is a great day for believers in democratic self-government, here and around the world. The process of Britain’s leaving the EU will not be easy, and today’s step—the triggering of the EU’s Article 50—is a vitally important stage in the process. Article 50 is not saying Britain wants a divorce. It assumes the divorce exists, and starts a two-year period of negotiations about its terms. So, unless all the participants in the negotiations agree to extend them, Britain will be out of the EU on March 29, 2019. That part is simple enough. The rest of the story is tougher. First, there are the domestic issues. The British government will have more votes to win in Parliament, … Read entire article »

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The Flimsy Statistical Models Obama Administration Used to Justify Environmental Agenda

President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an “energy independence” executive order on energy and climate policy. One provision of this order pertains to the social cost of greenhouse gasses—in particular, the “social costs” of carbon, methane, and nitrous oxide. The previous administration had used these social costs to justify its extensive regulatory agenda across the energy sector of the economy. The Trump administration’s executive order stipulates that the Obama administration’s estimates of these costs should no longer be used for government policy. It also mandates that future cost-benefit analysis take into account the “best available science and economics” and specifically stipulates that recommendations outlined by the Office of Management and Budget be adhered to. We have discussed these issues extensively in our research at The Heritage Foundation, and the Trump administration should be … Read entire article »

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VA Tried to Pay $10 Million for 25 Parking Spaces, and 20-Year Official’s Excuse Is That He’s New

VA Tried to Pay $10 Million for 25 Parking Spaces, and 20-Year Official’s Excuse Is That He’s New

Federal officials took six years to plan a new parking lot for a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia that would cost $10 million for only 25 parking spaces, as their solution for a 600-spot shortage. Then when outside auditors pulled the plug on the fiasco, the hospital’s top official—who had previously served as the facility’s chief of staff since 1999—claimed that it wasn’t his fault because he was new on the job. Dr. Glenn R. … Read entire article »

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Debt Limit Calls for Congress, Trump to Fix the Budget

The new debt limit in place since March 16 stands at $19.9 trillion. It’s time for lawmakers to take the fiscal doctor’s diagnosis seriously. Like a patient struggling with unhealthy habits, the government needs to take a long look into the mirror because its fiscal future is in jeopardy. Since the debt limit suspension expired this month, the temptation to raise or suspend it once more will be strong on Capitol Hill. The ensuing period, where so-called “extraordinary measures” are being used to fund the government on a temporary basis, will be a valuable opportunity to make real, impactful, fiscal changes. The debt limit is a useful check on federal government spending and borrowing. It uniquely highlights the unsustainable spending that contributes to the rapidly increasing size of the national debt, which is … Read entire article »

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Faith in Economic Future Lessens

Americans were quite optimistic about the economy following President Trump’s inauguration. Two months later, their optimism seems to be waning. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 40% of American Adults now expect the economy to be stronger a year from today, but that’s down from 50% in January, the highest level of optimism in surveying since January 2009. Still, the new finding is higher than regular results since October 2012. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls).  Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 28-29, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level … Read entire article »

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57% Say Trump Too Confrontational

Republicans give President Trump high marks for leadership so far. Democrats and unaffiliated voters don’t and think he’s too confrontational. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of all Likely U.S. Voters rate the president’s performance as a leader as good or excellent. Forty-eight percent (48%) consider his leadership poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 28-29, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology. … Read entire article »

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