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“Throwing more money at the Pentagon,” one critic argued, “will only double down on the Trump administration’s violence-first approach to the challenges we face.” (COMMONDREAMS) Peace advocates are denouncing the new bipartisan budget deal, which was produced to prevent another government shutdown, because of an “outrageous” decision to boost military spending while education, infrastructure, an urgent renewable energy transition, […]Source: Bipartisan Budget Deal to Avert Government Shutdown a Massive Gift to War Profiteers
Til Feb 8th
Then-President Barack Obama had stern words after the Republican minority in the Senate shut down the government for 16 days in 2013 over funding for Obamacare.
“You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push to change it. But don’t break it,” Obama said in remarks Oct. 17, 2013, after Congress reached a deal to reopen the government. “Don’t break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building. That’s not being faithful to what this country’s about.”
“Now, there’s been a lot of discussion lately of the politics of this shutdown,” Obama said. “But let’s be clear. There are no winners here. These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy.”
The government shut down again early Saturday after the Senate failed to pass a temporary funding bill. Democrats voted against the measure and demanded a deal to address illegal immigrants who have protection under the Obama-era Deferred Action for (more…)
Despite all other bureaucratic functions ceasing to go on because of the government shutdown, our fearless rules ensured us that the War Machine will be just fine.
Source: Military-Industrial Complex Ensures Americans War Will Go On Despite Gov’t Shutdown
by Tyler Durden
The first full day of the January 2018 government shutdown saw a spate of hurried but ultimately fruitless negotiations, and already the White House – which has been accused of exacerbating the problem by constantly shifting its negotiating position – has had enough: In a tweet this morning, President Donald Trump said Republicans should consider invoking “the nuclear option” to eliminate the possibility of an opposition fillibuster – allowing Republicans to pass a long-term spending bill with a simple majority (there are 51 Republican senators).
Right now, the Senate can approve presidential nominees for the courts and executive branch departments with a simple majority, but traditional legislation is still subject to a fillibuster that requires 60 votes to overcome.
Kicking off an early morning flurry of tweetstorm, Trump congratulated Republicans in Congress: “Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. (more…)
The House voted late Thursday on a patchwork bill to fund the government through Feb. 16, but a mix of Senate Democrats and Republicans appears poised to reject that legislation and refuse to pass a new budget, ushering in the first government shutdown since 2013.
Government services deemed “essential,” like military and law enforcement agencies, would remain open if the government shuts its doors; but hundreds of thousands of federal workers (not to mention federal contractors) would be sent home from work across the Washington, D.C., region. The shutdown also would mark the first time that one party controlled both houses of Congress and the White House yet failed to fund the government.
Primarily, the fight in Congress has centered around the fate of roughly 800,000 young immigrants brought to the country as children, commonly known as “Dreamers.”
House GOP members have approached Speaker Paul Ryan about incorporating a vote to make public an explosive new FISA abuse memo as part of government shutdown negotiations.
The four-page document, circulated to the full House yesterday, is said to detail egregious abuses of surveillance by the FBI, DOJ and Obama administration against the Trump campaign during and after the 2016 US presidential election.
The facts contained in the Republican majority-authored report is said to be “jaw-dropping and demand full transparency,” according to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), while the top ranking Democrat on the House Intel Committee, Adam Schiff (D-CA) dismissed the memo as “profoundly misleading” talking points drafted by Republican staffers.
“Rife with factual inaccuracies and referencing highly classified materials that most Republican Intelligence Committee members were forced to acknowledge they had never read, this is meant only to give Republican House members a distorted view of the FBI,” (more…)