Tag: Federal Budget (US)

Barr Says He’ll Release Mueller Report ‘Within a Week’ as He Defends His Handling of It

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr vowed on Tuesday to release a redacted version of the Mueller report “within a week,” defending his handling of the special counsel investigation’s findings as a bid for transparency as Democrats accused him of politically motivated behavior. Mr. Barr said he would explain his redactions and was open […]

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Divided House Democrats Delay Budget Vote as Ideological Gap Widens

WASHINGTON — Furious opposition from both the House Democrats’ most ardent liberals and their fiscal hawks forced Democratic leaders on Tuesday to delay voting on a two-year budget measure that would increase military and domestic spending, an embarrassing send-off as the new majority prepared to leave for a three-day retreat. The decision to indefinitely postpone […]

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William Barr Testimony Updates: He Says Mueller Report Will Be Public ‘Within a Week’

• Attorney General William P. Barr said he will deliver the Mueller report to Congress and the public within a week, reiterating his earlier promise to release it by mid-April. • Mr. Barr said he would be transparent about redactions in the report. But he demurred when asked whether he has briefed the White House […]

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Live Briefing: Barr to Appear Before Congress as Lawmakers Await the Mueller Report

• Attorney General William P. Barr is scheduled to testify before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the Justice Department budget, a usually staid affair that could become dramatic if lawmakers grill him about the Mueller report. • Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees may also question him about the Justice Department’s […]

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Hungry People and an ‘Abandoned’ Hospital: Puerto Rico Waits as Washington Bickers

VIEQUES, P.R. — A newborn’s cries rarely echo anymore though the hallways of what passes as a hospital on the ravaged island of Vieques, off the coast of Puerto Rico. “We miss it,” said Dennisse Bermúdez Colón, a nurse. Hurricane Maria closed the island’s only labor and delivery room, forcing expectant mothers to travel, usually […]

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Modern Monetary Theory Finds an Embrace in an Unexpected Place: Wall Street

The package of eccentric ideas known as modern monetary theory — for example, that annual deficits are too small, and that the United States can essentially print money to pay off its debt — has been on the receiving end of a remarkable level of vitriol. In policy circles, heavyweight economists have churned out scathing […]

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After Trump Casts Blames for a Special Olympics Cut, Betsy DeVos Flashes Pique

WASHINGTON — After a two-day thrashing over her department’s proposal to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sat before senators on Thursday ready to defend it again. “As I said then, and I’ll say again, we had to make tough choices and decisions around the budget priorities,” Ms. DeVos told Richard […]

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Trump, in Abrupt Pivot, Says Funding for Special Olympics Will Continue

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Thursday that the federal government would continue to fund the Special Olympics, reversing his administration’s decision to cut the allocated money, which his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, had been defending on Capitol Hill only hours earlier. “The Special Olympics will be funded. I just told my people,” Mr. Trump […]

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News Analysis: Trump Owns the Economy Now, for Better or Worse

WASHINGTON — President Trump is getting exactly what he wants on the economy, just as it starts to slow down. The Federal Reserve has abruptly stopped its march toward higher interest rates, as Mr. Trump demanded. The tax cuts he signed in late 2017 are in full swing. His attempt to rewrite the global rules […]

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Betsy DeVos Wants to Cut Special Olympics Funding. Here’s Why It Probably Won’t Happen.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced scathing criticism this week over a budget proposal that calls for eliminating funding for the Special Olympics, as members of Congress voiced opposition at a hearing that drew widespread attention, stoking a strong defense of the organization across the internet. “I still can’t understand why you would go after disabled […]

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Not All Medicare Cuts Are Bad

Senate Democrats, including several of the party’s presidential candidates, have savaged President Trump for proposing to reduce Medicare spending by several hundred billion dollars over the next decade. Senator Kamala Harris of California said the proposed changes in Medicare “would hurt our seniors.” Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tweeted, “The Trump administration wants to cut […]

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Why America Needs a Stronger Defense Industry

ImageA Marine with a M-1 Abrams, the Army’s main battle tank.CreditJonathan Nackstrand/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images On Wednesday, President Trump will visit Lima, Ohio, to tour the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, one of America’s premier defense facilities and the last tank factory in the Western Hemisphere. The story of the day may be about how […]

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Trump’s Tax Cut Won’t Power the Growth He Predicts, Officials Concede

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration pushed a $1.5 trillion tax cut through Congress in 2017 on the promise that it would spark sustained economic growth. While the tax cuts have goosed the economy in the short term, officials now concede they will not be enough to deliver the 3 percent annual growth the president promised […]

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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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Senate Prepares to Reject Emergency Declaration over Trump’s Objections

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday was poised to give final passage to a resolution overturning President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border, a bipartisan rebuke of executive overreach that was coming despite the president’s public and private lobbying to stop it. The afternoon vote would set up the first veto […]

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Trump Lauded Farmers, Medicare and AIDS Programs. Then He Unsheathed the Budget Knife.

WASHINGTON — On Friday, the White House announced that Karen Pence, the second lady, would lead a delegation to the United Arab Emirates in support of disabled American athletes at the Special Olympics. On Monday, the White House’s budget proposed striking $17.6 million in grants to expand the event. What a difference a few days […]

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Trump’s Economic Outlook Is Rosy. That Could Be a Problem.

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s $4.75 trillion budget proposal unveiled on Monday brims with confidence that the United States economy will continue to expand rapidly, despite recent data suggesting growth is slowing. Mr. Trump told reporters last week that the economy is “very, very strong.” His budget proposal forecasts 3.2 percent growth in 2019, which would […]

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Out There: Cut the Science Budget? Not So Fast

The president proposes and Congress disposes. So goes the standard description of the constitutional process by which our republic is governed. Judging from the news headlines, you might think this process has not been friendly lately to the scientific community. Again and again, the Trump administration has proposed drastic cuts to the research budgets of […]

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