WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday turned up the heat on Democrats seeking protections for young “Dreamer” immigrants as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell embraced President Donald Trump’s demands for broad changes to the country’s immigration policies.
In two early tweets, Mr. Trump said a March deadline to protect young immigrants would be the “last chance,” and suggested that Democrats should come to a deal on his infrastructure proposal.
A White House aide leaked to the press that Trump’s real plan for 2018 is to exploit cultural issues to fire up Republican voters ahead of the midterms by dividing the country with racism. Axios reported: A source close to the White House tells me that with an eye to getting Republicans excited about voting […]
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will unveil his second budget on Monday – seeking to make good on his promise to bolster military spending and requesting funds for infrastructure, construction of a wall along the border with Mexico and opioid treatment programs.
President Trump this week will call for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure initiative by matching up to $100 billion in funds that states and cities put toward infrastructure projects.
The Trump administration is determined to roll out a major infrastructure plan as soon as Monday, and the basic form of that plan is a foregone conclusion: it’ll rely mostly on “public-private partnerships,” AKA privatizing American infrastructure and pushing state and local governments to pay for things Trump and congressional Republicans won’t allocate money for. But that’s not what Americans want infrastructure investment to look like—and even Trump seems to know it’s not good enough:
Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, ended a late January discussion with the president believing he’d finally convinced him that there’s no room in the federal budget for a massive infrastructure spending bill.
Reluctantly, Trump agreed: States and private companies would have to shoulder most of the $1.5 trillion plan Trump had promised the American public.
But then Trump waffled again, forcing Cohn’s deputy, D.J. Gribbin, who had been working on the plan, to delay its release, which had been tentatively timed around Trump’s Jan. 30 State of the Union address. That’s according to two individuals and an administration official familiar with the talks.
Trump wants public works that he can put his name on and claim credit for. Americans want truly public infrastructure that doesn’t involve paying jacked up tolls to ensure a private company’s profit. But that’s not the Republican way in 2017: they’re not willing to pay for bridges that aren’t crumbling and rail to connect cities, or any of the nation’s other pressing needs. Having passed their giant tax scam, they’re now using its effects on the federal debt to argue once again that the United States can’t afford to invest in its future. And Trump, who demanded the tax scam, will ultimately let his advisers scam him into believing he’s getting something like the infrastructure plan of his ill-informed, narcissistic dreams.
elf-driving and electric flying cars are coming. What this means for our cities in the future is unclear, so I chatted with Uber Head of Policy of Autonomous Vehicles and Urban Aviation Justin Erlich to learn more. Erlich previously worked under Attorney General Kamala Harris, where he focused on emerging technology and the key policies that the government will want to have in place to… Read More
Okay, so you’ve probably guessed. It’s some right-wing think tank, right? Of course it is! Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ivanka Trump have been working on what they call “paid family leave.” It’s more like “borrowed” family leave, in which the employee robs her retirement savings in order to take time off to deal with family circumstances. It’s profoundly damaging to women, in particular, so of course the organization behind the idea is the reactionary Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), “a right-wing nonprofit organization purportedly focused on the economic policy concerns of women.”
While the details on Rubio’s actual legislation remain scarce, Social Security experts have already voiced their concerns over this approach, as any delay in benefits is seen as a cut to the program. What will happen to the roughly 80 percent of Americans who do not have access to paid leave, but who also want to keep their Social Security as is so they can retire on time?
The National Partnership for Women and Families released a statement Wednesday calling the proposal harmful for women.
“Such a plan would harm women in particular because they are still primary caregivers for their families and the wages they receive over their lifetimes trail men’s, leading to monthly Social Security benefits that are an average of 20 percent lower for women than men,” NPWF President Debra Ness said. “But no one should have to borrow against already low Social Security benefits in order to access the paid family and medical leave they need. Our country deserves to have the promise of Social Security protected.”
The IWF has been around for a long time, organized from the “Women For Judge Thomas” group that formed in 1992 to betray all of womanhood by attacking Anita Hill. Seriously, their whole thing was to attack Hill, and they had so much fun with that they decided to create a new group to attack all of us. They even lobbied against the Violence Against Women Act, because “wives instigate violence, including severe violence, against husbands more often than husbands do against wives.”
You’d think, given the White House’s current issues around domestic violence, that Rubio and Trump could find another think tank to associate with. This is a profoundly awful idea coming from profoundly horrible people.
President Trump wants to spend $1.5 trillion on rebuilding roads and bridges, but failing to account for climate change could add to costs later.