by Countable | 4.28.17
Hello, Countable friends!
In American democracy the Congress has "the power of the purse," meaning all government funding must be mapped out and approved by the House and the Senate. This power is laid out in the Constitution -- so you’d think that, by now, Congress would be pretty good at keeping the government open.
Well, not so much.
At the stroke of midnight tonight, the federal government turns into a pumpkin. So lawmakers are scrambling for help from a fairy-godmother of a bill to give them a few more days to negotiate. It’s a short-term, stopgap funding bill that keeps the government open until May 5th. Let’s hope enough Members of Congress stay at the ball to get this thing passed.
President Trump will be available to sign the weeklong funding extension
Trump is also expected to sign an executive order to expand offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic
Today’s Executive Action on offshore oil drilling reverses the policy set by former President Obama. Keep up by checking our Executive Action tracker
With Members of Congress unlikely to take up the GOP’s revised health care bill today, keep an eye on interactions with President Trump. Tomorrow marks his 100th day in office, and he’s looking for some kind of political progress to tout.
Hope your weekend is more fun than the one congressional leaders are having -- many are staying in Washington to haggle over funding for the rest of the year. I’m sure they’re all remembering the wise words of Republican Senator Everett Dirksen:
"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money."
Happy Friday, and don’t forget to
-- Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor of Countable
Written by Countable
It is pretty clear that Trump and his EPA really don't care about the environment other than how much it can be exploited irregardless how much it destroys it. Perhaps letting individual states decide their respective environmental policies(excluding national parks within those states though)Therefore if the red states wish to make their state a wasteland so be it
Executive action is what a president does during a lame duck session! Every person that runs for President thinks it is so easy, they are so smart and anyone can govern, that is why most leave office looking aged, at lease we got a jump on the aged! Also there are 23 million government employees, federal, state, county, local city and school. 4 million in federal ( military, senators, etc included) and the rest 19 million in states. There are total population of 341 million in the USA, all of the total government only represents 7%. We pay twice as much for healthcare per person then any national in the world and we don't have everyone covered and we rank last! Trump Executive action is only to distract from his involvement into Russia!
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Please do not let the government shut down, look at the mess and the cost the last time Ted Cruz did that - huge waste of money better spent. So many horrible things being introduced that only hurt people, the environment, foreign relations, some for the ego of the person in office and some just hate for all things Obama by republicans, even if they have merit. Please do not repeal the ACA, do not allow offshore Atlantic drilling, it will kill the state of Florida where I live, do not do away with the EPA or the Dept. of Education. Back off North Korea before you kill us all. Stop fighting with Canada and Mexico, our neighbors and allies. Stop embarrassing us every day. Stop party before country.
On the drilling in Atlantic executive order, can not wait to see the legal fight when a company wants to drill off the coast of Mar-a-Lago.
STOP ALLOWING ALL OF THIS EXTRA DRILLING TO HAPPEN IN THE OCEAN. It is a delicate environment that is EXTREMELY important to human sustainability. The renewable industry is massive and only getting bigger. We don't need the drilling. We need to encourage and use clean energy. We have to take care of our planet, not drain it and risk massive oil spills in the ocean that kill massive amounts of wildlife and destroy entire ecosystems. Obama did not "over-reach" here. He listened to the millions upon millions of people who keep saying STOP DRILLING IN THE WORLDS MOST IMPORTANT AND SENSITIVE ECOSYSTEM. Unlike Orrin Hatch who sees everything Obama did as "executive over-reach". It's like Hatch just plugged his ears and made noises for 8 years to avoid having to genuinely listen to and work with Obama. But now that Obama's gone, Hatch and the republicans can't keep blaming all of their failures on Obama's "executive over-reach". It makes them look weak and childish.
Any budget proposal to strip the EPA, lower taxes for the top 2% while placing a higher tax burden on the middle class, and stripping funding to the State department is unacceptable. It doesn't appear there is a government shut down today, but it could happen by next Friday. Trickle down economics has already proven to be a failure. Plus even Reagen thought businesses should pay their share. This budget is pushing an agenda that is harmful to the majority of Americans just as the proposed revised AHCA is. Stand firm against this agenda and voice your opposition.
It seems you have a week to come up with a budget to keep our government's doors open. If you need just a week why not start a week ago?
It's time to get a backbone and stop putting party before people the choices you have made recently to not represent we the people they represent the ego of just one and the willingness of a party to follow along taking the payout at we the people's expense
I just saw highlights from trumps NRA speech and thought it was a disgrace. What kind of leader denigrates members of congress to make political hay? His comments about senator warren were reprehensible, insulting and lacking in respect or any sense of bipartisan cooperation. He is supposed to be working with her not insulting her. He touted his election win, which I assume we can expect for the next four years, and already announced his 2020 candidacy after saying he misses his old life more than he expected. We have to make sure four years is all he gets. Period.
Do not pass the AHCA. Fix the ACA. Put the country above politics and party. You will be replaced.
No expanded off shore drilling! We must protect the environment.
I would like to propose a bill that declares the US constitution null and void and the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice are ratified as the new operating constitution of the United States.
Arctic and Antarctic drilling is not necessary and a defiling of pristine environment.
If you want to stimulate the economy raise the minimum wage so anyone who works full time can afford to live and purchase. Pass an infrastructure bill which would create job growth. I live in Germany for most of the year and am horrified by the condition of our roads, our transportation systems, our schools. The tax subsidies and cutting taxes for them and the wealthy does not help our country. These corporations and the wealthy have used our infrastructure and made money by using our roads, airports, rail and should be investing more in our country.
The inheritance tax is on the new income the receive acquires. If you are inheriting this much- then you need to pay taxes on it.
please investigate why and if Trump had GOP take out sanctions on Russia from their national platform when he wad nominee. Smoking Gun!
I am alarmed by the climate deniers and the rush to sell and destroy our public lands, monuments and parks. Congress has a duty to protect America and the citizens of The US, their rights and property. The people are under attack in the rush to destroy our environment. When regulations are eliminated that protect clean water, clean air and the government is allowing drilling, pipelines often to foreign investors you have sold out your country.
The GOP/TRUMP has squandered three months prior to the oath of office. Yes, the Dems have hampered the new cabinet, but where's the plan to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. It's like throwing a non-swimmer into deep water before teaching the novice some basics.
No on the new healthcare reform! Not good for pre existing conditions!