Government Spending & Budgets

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): Democrats Will Not Allow Government Shutdown

March 10, 2013

“Last week, Pelosi opposed the House GOP version of a continuing spending resolution to keep funding the government, but reiterated that government shutdown is not an option, comments that come about two weeks before the deadline for a spending bill hits.”

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): Tax Cuts Are The Same As Spending

March 9, 2013

““Our whole budget is what, $3.5 trillion? So when we talk about reducing spending, we certainly must, and we certainly have — $1.6 trillion in the previous Congress, $1.2 of it in the Budget Control Act. But spending is also related to tax cuts,” Mrs. Pelosi, speaking to the press, said.”

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Criticizes Secretary of State John Kerry’s $250 Million Aid Pledge to Egypt

March 7, 2013

“This is an important point that some in Washington often forget — we don’t provide foreign assistance solely out of the goodness of our heart, we do so because it furthers our national interest.”

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Conservatives Criticize House Republicans For Not Including ObamaCare Repeal in Stopgap Spending Bill

March 7, 2013

“A Republican leadership aide countered that funding national security priorities through the CR is in line with conservative priorities.”

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President Obama Invites Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to Lunch

March 7, 2013

“President Barack Obama –seeking to sell Republicans on a revival of “grand bargain” talks — has invited 2012 GOP veep candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, over to the White House for lunch on Thursday.”

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U.S. General James Mattis Confident in Middle East Presence Despite Sequestration Budget Cuts

March 6, 2013

“Gen. Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the effects of spending cuts on his command. NavyAdm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, also testified Tuesday.”

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Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Supports Building Off House Republican Stopgap Spending Bill

March 6, 2013

“The Maryland Democrat has scaled back her plans to substitute a governmentwide omnibus package and is focused instead on writing a hybrid bill that will include full-year budgets for at least several major Cabinet departments beyond Defense and Veterans Affairs.”

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House Passes Republican-Proposed Stopgap Spending Bill

March 6, 2013

“It would keep in place automatic spending cuts known as the sequester for all federal agencies, while giving the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments more flexibility in setting their spending priorities.”

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E-Mail Reveals White House Pressuring Federal Officials To Make Sequester “As Painful As Possible”

March 5, 2013

“In the email sent Monday by Charles Brown, an official with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service office in Raleigh, N.C., Mr. Brown asked “if there was any latitude” in how to spread the sequester cuts across the region to lessen the impacts on fish inspections.”

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman: Documents Reveal ICE Plans to Release 5,000 Immigrant Detainees Due to Sequester

March 5, 2013

“The ICE document contains a table that proposes “reduc[ing] invoiced daily population by 1,000 weekly.” Between February 22 and March 31st, this plan would drop the number of detainees from 30,748 to 25,748.

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White House Cancels Public Tours Due to Sequestration Spending Cuts

March 5, 2013

“The notice comes as both the White House and Congress try to find cuts to their own budgets as part of $85 billion in cuts to the entire government.”

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Navy Spokesman: U.S. Navy Frigates Will Stop Patrolling For Drug Runners By April Due to Sequestration

March 5, 2013

“With the frigates out of the picture, the amount of drugs entering the country will increase, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp told USNI News following Tuesday’s State of the Coast Guard address.”

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Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano: Several Hundred “Low-Risk” Immigration Detainees Released Due to Budget Uncertainty

March 5, 2013

“Napolitano said that “several hundred” detainees were released — not “thousands,” as news reports from last week had indicated. She stressed that those moved from detention centers were low-risk, and that the process would continue “for the foreseeable future.””

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Major Airports Deny Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano’s Claims About Sequester Causing Long Lines

March 5, 2013

“”We haven’t had any slowdowns at all,” said Marshall Lowe, a spokesman for LAX. Mr Lowe said that he had been on duty over the weekend and received no reports of unusual security delays.”

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Analysis: Sequester Affects Large Cities and Military Communities More Than Suburban and Urban Areas

March 4, 2013

“The disparity in some ways mirrors the nation’s electoral divide between Democrats and Republicans.”

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