On Infrastructure: Trumpspeak is Cheap … and Empty

EPI’s Josh Bivens and Hunter Blair find that, in addition to “enormous cuts to public investment already embedded in their overall budget plan,” Trump’s budget funds only $200 billion of the $1 trillion he pledged for new infrastructure—leaving state taxpayers and infrastructure users to pick up 80% of the tab. Trump’s infrastructure plans are empty …

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In One Night, the GOP Voted to Take Away These Essential Health Benefits

Republican Grim Reapers just showed us exactly where they stand! — by Melissa Boteach and Jeremy Slevin (with embellishments from this site’s editor) Last night while you were sleeping, the Senate debated and ultimately passed a budget resolution that provides a pathway for Republicans to strip health care coverage away from 30 million Americans without …

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House GOP Budget Committee Just Passed Their FY2017 Budget Proposal

The House GOP-dominated Budget Committee held 9 hour markup, with several lawmakers going hoarse and one losing her voice. Democrats offered up 29 amendments, involving immigration reform, prescription drug prices, and equal pay. Every amendment failed, including one proposed by Rep. Debbie Dingell [D, MI-12] that would have designated $457.5M in emergency funding for Flint …

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The Fourth Quarter

—  A note from President Barack Obama Back at the beginning of this year, I made a point to tell folks to pay attention to what we do in the time we have left in the White House — that interesting stuff tends to happen in the fourth quarter. And I like to think that …

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Breaking Down The Budget Deal

— by CAP Action War Room The Omnibus Spending Bill And Tax Extenders Package Contain Significant Progressive Accomplishments After weeks of negotiations, congressional leaders and the White House have agreed to a spending deal to fund the government through 2016. The omnibus spending bill and the tax extenders package still need final approval from the …

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New Speaker, Same Old Policies

— by CAP Action War Room Paul Ryan’s Record Indicates We’re In For The Same Broken GOP Policies After much chaos and dysfunction, the House of Representatives elected Representative Paul Ryan from Wisconsin to be Speaker of the House. The Republicans have lauded their new Speaker as their “thought leader” who creates the “blueprints” for …

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This Week’s Democratic Campaigns and GOP Agitprop

Joe Biden will Not Run for President Swipe Right for Hillary Bernie Sanders Explains Social Security O’Malley on the Need for New Leadership   Clinton vs. Sanders vs. O’Malley On Fixing Banking How do we fix Wall Street, a.k.a. “the banks”? How do the candidates compare? … The first place to look, of course, is …

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16 Legislative Calendar Days left and …

The 2015 fiscal year ends on September 30, 2015 and we do not yet have a 2016 budget, a transportation bill, nor a resolution to Veterans Administration shortfalls which may shutter a number of VA hospitals.  And if that isn’t enough on their plates to handle when they only plan to actually work 16 days …

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“Trillion Dollar Fraudsters”: We’re Looking At An Enormous, Destructive Republican Con Job, And You Should Be Very, Very Angry

Reblogged from mykeystrokes.com: By now it’s a Republican Party tradition: Every year the party produces a budget that allegedly slashes deficits, but which turns out to contain a trillion-dollar “magic asterisk” — a line that promises huge spending cuts and/or revenue increases, but without explaining where the money is supposed to come from. But the …

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Congressional Progressive Caucus Unveils The People’s Budget: A Raise for America

3/18/15: Congressional Progressive Caucus Press Release WASHINGTON – Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), along with CPC Members Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Judy Chu (D-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Janice Hahn (D-CA), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) unveiled the Progressive Caucus’ FY …

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