26 results for tag: spending


National debt rose more than $1.2 trillion in 2018 fiscal year

The fiscal year of 2018 ended on Sunday with the national debt rising to $21.516 trillion, with $1.2 trillion borrowed this fiscal year. The Washington Examiner has the details: On the last business day of fiscal year 2018, which was Friday, Sept. 28, the total debt had grown to $21.516 trillion. Friday was the first day in history the national debt rose above $21.5 trillion. The increase is just the latest sign that borrowing is on the rise. Last month, the Congressional Budget Office said federal borrowing through the first 11 months of fiscal year 2018 hit $895 billion, $222 billion higher than the first 11 months of the prior year. ...

Without wall funding, partial shutdown seems imminent

With less than a week away from the deadline to keep the government funded until December 7, Congress is set to pass a spending bill that doesn’t include funding for a border wall. President Trump has raised the possibility that he won’t sign the bill without border wall funds. CBS News has the details: The vote in the House is expected to be closer, with House conservatives voicing displeasure that money is included for Planned Parenthood but not the wall. "You want to stanch a blue wave" of Democrats in the midterms? asked Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. "Then keep your promises — and one of ...

When it comes to progress on funding, Congress fell short… again

When the opportunity arose, Congress missed its chance to work on fully funding the government before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Time is running out and the baby steps Congress is taking to pass funding bills may not be enough to fully fund the government. Sen. David Purdue has the commentary in the Washington Examiner: Since the Senate stayed in session this August, we successfully completed 90 percent of the funding bills for the first time in 22 years. This is a huge step forward, but we still didn’t get it all done. The Senate has completed and passed nine of the 12 appropriations bills in three tranches. Both chambers have ...

Congress needs to focus on government spending

The September 30 deadline is fast approaching and House Republicans need to come up with an effective strategy that guarantees funds for a border wall and cuts unnecessary funding. Partial government shutdown looms and so far Congress hasn’t passed any 2019 spending bills. CNN has the details: The House and Senate have made more progress this year than usual toward passing spending bills through their respective chambers. But they have yet to merge any of their separate bills into final legislation that could pass both bodies and be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature in just four weeks. The pressure to complete that difficult ...

Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Weekly Report from Washington for 6/25/18

CALENDAR: The House and Senate both return on Monday, and both will be done with their work on Thursday. Then they’ll both take next week off for the Fourth of July recess. The Senate will return on Monday, July 9, and the House will return on Tuesday, July 10. LAST TWO WEEKS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned to work on Tuesday, June 12, and took up and passed two bills under Suspension of the Rules. On Wednesday, June 13, the House passed another two bills under Suspension. On Thursday, June 14, the House took up and passed H.R. 5788, the Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act, and H.R. 5735, the THRIVE Act. On ...

News flash: Wages are rising, jobs are abundant and the economy is ‘booming’

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released an updated jobs report that showed the nationwide unemployment rate falling to 3.8 percent. The best news: there’s an abundance of jobs. Thanks to President Trump, wages are rising and the country finally has confidence in our economy again! The Washington Examiner has the details: The good news is not confined to the fact that there is an abundance of jobs. Wages are rising, too. For the first time since the National Federation of Independent Business began surveying about wages in 1986, 35 percent of small business owners increased compensation last month. ... Remember, the day after ...

Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Weekly Report from Washington for 6/4/18

CALENDAR: The Senate returns on Monday, and the House returns on Tuesday. The Senate will likely finish its work on Thursday, because that’s a full workweek in the Senate, and the House is scheduled to stay in session through Friday afternoon. TWO WEEKS AGO ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House returned to work on Monday, May 21, and took up and passed three bills under Suspension of the Rules. On Tuesday, May 22, the House passed the Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act; S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right To Try Act; and S. 2155, the Economic ...

Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Calls President Trump’s Rescissions Package “Good First Step,” Calls for Balanced Budget in 5 Years

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Chairman Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today in response to Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introducing President Trump’s rescissions package in the U.S. Senate. “Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund thanks Senator Mike Lee for introducing President Trump’s rescissions package in the Senate. While we firmly believe that we must balance our budget in five years or less and end our massive debt, this package is a good first step that cuts billions of dollars in wasteful government spending. Our network of more than 3 million supporters hopes that President Trump will continue to press ...

Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Weekly Report from Washington for 5/7/18

CALENDAR: The House and Senate both return to work on Monday, and will likely both finish their work on Thursday. Because, you know, McConnell and Ryan. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House was in recess last week. THIS WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House will return Monday, with first votes set for 6:30 PM. At that time, the House will attempt to take up seven bills under Suspension of the Rules. On Tuesday, the House will attempt to take up another nine bills under Suspension of the Rules. Then they’ll take up a Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval, S.J.Res. 57, to overturn the rule submitted by the Bureau of ...

Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Weekly Report from Washington for 4/16/18

CALENDAR: Both the House and the Senate will return Monday and stay in session through Thursday. LAST WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: The House came back to work last Tuesday, and passed two bills under Suspension of the Rules. On Wednesday, the House passed two bills – H.R. 4061, the Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act, by a vote of 297-121; and H.R. 4293, the Stress Test Improvement Act, by a vote of 245-174. On Thursday, the House took up H.J.Res. 2, proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It failed, by a vote of 233-184 – remember, constitutional amendments require a two-thirds ...