Lawmakers brace for Trump´s first address to Congress

Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio Posted By: JoniTx- Sun, 26 08 2017 12:08:14 GMT President Trump´s first address to Congress will consume lawmakers early next week but won´t stop Republicans from picking up their agenda after a week off, which includes confirming more of Trump´s Cabinet in the Senate and rolling back Obama’era regulations in the House. Trump is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, a day after the Senate is expected to confirm his Commerce secretary pick, Wilbur Ross. Trump will “present his vision to Congress and the American people,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. Regulatory reform is high on Trump´s list. On Friday the president signed

Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads to Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump

BuzzFeed, by Salvador Hernandez Posted By: FlyRight- Sun, 26 23 2017 12:23:54 GMT Churches across the US are fighting back against the Trump administration’s mandate to ramp up deportations with new sanctuary practices of their own, using private homes in their congregations as shelter and potentially creating a modern-day underground railroad to ferry undocumented immigrants from house to house or into Canada. Church leaders from California to Illinois and New York told BuzzFeed News they’re willing to take their sanctuary operations for undocumented immigrants underground should federal immigration authorities, emboldened by Trump’s recent directives to take a harder line on deportations, ignore precedent and raid their campuses. “We’re willing to take that risk

Just Say No To The Border Tax

Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff Posted By: RockyTCB- Sun, 26 38 2017 12:38:34 GMT Corporate Taxes: Nobody knows for sure whether President Trump supports a “border adjustment tax.” That´s fitting, since nobody really knows what this tax would do to the economy. Trump has been hot and cold about the border adjustment tax. On Thursday, he told Reuters that he thought the tax “could lead to a lot more jobs in the United States.” On Friday, Trump´s top economic advisor reportedly said it was a nonstarter. The tax is part of a wholesale rewrite of the corporate tax code proposed by the House GOP leadership, which they say will vastly simplify taxes, lower rates, increase exports,

The Democrats who don’t dare face voters at town halls

New York Post, by Staff Posted By: greggojo- Sun, 26 53 2017 12:53:42 GMT Recent weeks have seen a flood of media reports on Republicans facing angry constituents at town’hall meetings, so it’s nice to see the Associated Press point out that many Democrats have been dodging town halls altogether. Specifically, AP’s Steve Peoples notes that Senate Democrats up for re’election in states that President Trump carried on Election Day just don’t want to show up.Sen. Claire McCaskill (D’Mo.), for one, sent a staff member rather than attend a Kansas City town hall last weekend. She will chat with voters this week via Facebook Live — a much more controlled environment…

EPA Employees Used Gov’t Purchase Card to Spend $14,985 on Fitness Memberships

Washington Free Beacon, by Ali Meyer Posted By: JoniTx- Sun, 26 59 2017 12:59:59 GMT Environmental Protection Agency employees used their government purchase cards to spend $14,985 on fitness memberships, according to an audit by the inspector general of the agency. With the goal of assessing the risk of illegal, improper, and erroneous purchases made on the EPA´s purchase card, the auditors evaluated 18 transactions totaling $48,345 and found that none of them complied with any of the internal controls that were tested. Some of these controls require that officials give approval, that records be properly placed in the vendor´s banking system, and that transactions be reviewed by the card holder within 10 days of posting.

California Gov. Jerry Brown seeks $450 million for flood control

United Press International, by Daniel Uria Posted By: JoniTx- Sun, 26 21 2017 01:21:49 GMT California Gov. Jerry Brown urged lawmakers to provide the funds needed to increase flood protection following the Orville dam fracture. Following heavy winter rains in the state, Brown said $437 million is needed for flood’related projects. During a press conference in Sacramento on Friday, he asked lawmakers in Washington to approve $387 million in water bond money, with the remaining $50 million coming from existing general fund money. “The recent storms have had a real impact,” he said. “We´ve got dam spillways eroding. We´ve got roadways crumbling. We have aging infrastructure and it´s maxed out.” The $387 million would be

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