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    Springing Forward


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    Springing Forward

    Post  sinister_midget on Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:37 am

    Springing Forward

    No need to go into the whole thing. Just the highlights will work. Read it all if you want more.

    But I will post all of the first one in the article for a reason.

    Too many people follow the same formula over and over:

    (details come out of what really happened)

    The same people go through that over and over and over. I point it out to some of them as it's happening, then again once it's all good at the end. But they never seem to learn, jumping back in with both feet the very next time.

    I haven't run across that here. But I'd bet some of you see similar things, too, every time a new scary fake news lie gets started.

    A recent one was the budget. (Previously it was immigration, tariffs, China, North Korea, firing this guy, hiring that guy, etc.) So I'll post that part of the article. But it's by no means the only area mentioned. Not even the most important.

    What seemed as though it was going to be a dull news week – punctuated by sometimes fanciful articles from "sources" about what Special Counsel Mueller was up to – ended with a plethora of important news late Friday.  To spare you having to wade through the mounds of drivel to get to it, I'm highlighting what I think is the important stuff, so you can enjoy this spring weekend.

    The Budget

    Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, unhampered because of the filibuster rule, which allows them to block any budget not supported by a Senate supermajority of 60, and aware of the desperate need of our military for funding, publicly rejoiced that they were able to force through Congress a ridiculously extravagant budget.  Fiscal conservatives were furious, but the president had little choice but to sign the bill into law.  "He who laughs last laughs best" is the saying, and in this case, there may be no joy in Demville.  James Freeman at the Wall Street Journal explains:

    The political left is getting nervous because a virtuous and lawful reduction in federal spending is suddenly looking much more likely.  This column is told that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) is now on board.[/size]

    Specifically, Mr. Ryan likes the idea of paring back the huge spending hikes in the recently enacted budget bill.  While the budget required 60 votes in the Senate and therefore Democratic support, a "rescission" bill to repeal the spending increases needs only a simple majority in each house. ...

    It's a chance for Republicans to honor their promises of spending restraint and redeem themselves with a base turned off by the omnibus blowout.  It's an opening for the GOP to highlight the degree to which Democrats used the bill to hold the military hostage to their own domestic boondoggles.  And it's a chance for Mr. Trump to present himself again as an outsider, willing to use unconventional means to change Washington's spending culture.

    It's called the 1974 Impoundment Act, which allows the president to order the rescission of specific funds, so long as Congress approves those cuts within 45 days. ...

    The Senate being a clubby place, one might think the rescission bill would languish in committee there.  But the budget law gives spending cutters super powers.  A discharge motion is made automatically in order, and in the Senate it is a privileged motion.  (This means it can cut in front of other business.)  The motion is limited to one hour of debate – really fast work for the Senate. 

    But wait, there's more: in the House, where there are also the Republicans, the Democrats, and the Appropriators (the latter of whom can be counted on to scuttle rescissions if they can get away with it), there are fast-track procedures, too. It takes only one-fifth of the Members of the House to force a floor vote on a rescission bill. When the bill comes to the floor the motion to proceed is "highly privileged" (that is, it takes precedence over all pending business)...

    Getting 50 Republican votes in the Senate will be made easier because they will be forced into an up-or-down vote – not the usual forest of complexity where they can hide in the tall grass.  Ditto for House Republican appropriators.

    This week a number of media outlets reported that President Trump has been talking about rescission with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.).  Mr. Ryan's support, if paired with an endorsement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), would make it extremely difficult for appropriators to resist.

    Upset about the budget deal?  Get on the phone to your congressmen and senators and support rescission.

    That's twice the DemocRATs were allowed to snooker themselves, the other being the shutdown over DACA. I remember seeing a photo of Diane Feinstein looking absolutely overjoyed about the deal. Wonder how she's feeling about it now.

    The other areas mentioned:

    Illegal Immigration
    The Congressional-FBI/DOJ Standoff Is Broken
    Bill and Hillary Clinton's Corrupt International Charity Network Faces Countless Legal Challenges

    At the end of what was the 65th week of the Trump presidency.

    (Had to edit. No idea why that turned out so goofy.)

    Last edited by sinister_midget on Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:19 am; edited 1 time in total

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    Re: Springing Forward

    Post  Ladyelaine on Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:56 am


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