‘FIX MESS!’ Trump confronts conservative fury on budget, says ‘shutdown’ might be needed
May 2, 2017
President Trump on Tuesday defended the controversial $1 trillion-plus budget deal heading for a vote – as he and congressional Republicans face conservative anger at what critics see as a cave to Democrats on everything from sanctuary cities to funding for Planned Parenthood.
“The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!” Trump tweeted, adding that the solution is to elect more Republican senators in 2018 “or change the rules” of the Senate filibuster.
He added a warning shot: “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”
Republican and Democratic lawmakers made the budget deal, announced Monday, in order to fund the government through September and avoid a shutdown later this week. But despite Republicans controlling the House, Senate and White House, the deal is widely perceived as benefiting Democratic interests and priorities, while sidelining some of the items on Trump’s wishlist.
Heritage Action, an outside conservative group, on Tuesday urged a “no” vote on the package, with Heritage Foundation analysts claiming it “woefully fails the test of fiscal responsibility and does not advance important conservative policies.”
The plan has no funding for Trump’s much vaunted border wall, though it includes $1.5 billion for border security.
While the deal does include an increase in military spending as requested by Trump, it does not reduce funding for so-called “sanctuary cities” – jurisdictions that refuse to comply with federal immigration law – and continues to fund abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
Non-defense spending also sees an increase, and Democrats managed to kill 160 Republican riders on issues such as environmental regulations. The deal also includes a $2 billion increase in spending for the National Institute of Health.
Democrats reacted with glee to a supposed victory pulled out of the embers of a brutal November election defeat.
“I think we had a strategy and it worked,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate were closer to one another than Republicans were to Donald Trump.”
Conservatives took to media outlets and TV to express their anger, aimed particularly at congressional Republicans and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
“DEMS CELEBRATE ‘REPUBLICAN’ BUDGET!” declared the top headline on the Drudge Report Tuesday morning, accompanied by a grinning picture of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Another headline read: “MORE PAGES THAN OBAMA STIMULUS”
“We do not have a Republican Party on Capitol Hill that can get its act together,” Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.
“I don’t know how you would carry water for this,” conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Monday. “Not that I want to; don’t misunderstand. I’m just coming up with new ways to explain what a sellout, disaster, betrayal — whatever you want to call this — it is.”
At a House GOP leadership press conference Tuesday morning, however, Speaker Ryan and other top Republicans defended the package. Ryan touted the “down payment on border security” and dismissed what he called Democrats’ “PR machine” playing up their end of the bargain.
“Don’t look at the press releases, look at the bill,” Ryan said, adding there are “a lot of conservative wins here.”
Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., touted pay raises for military service members and cuts to “areas where we’ve seen government run out of control” like the EPA.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus predicted conservative opposition in Congress.
“Money goes to Planned Parenthood, as you said. Money continues to go to sanctuary cities, but no money for the border wall,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said in an interview with CNN.
“I think you’re going to see a lot of conservatives against this plan this week.”
Even before Trump’s tweets, some Republicans looked to defend the bill. They noted that Trump got the defense spending priorities he asked for, while pointing to other victories such as no new money for Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program, a 50 percent increase for abstinence education, increased funding in the fight against opioid addiction, and another cut for the EPA’s budget.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer noted that the deal includes $1.5 billion secured for enhanced border security and detention capabilities, and called it a “down payment” on the border wall, which he reiterated is going to get built during Trump’s time in office.
“Make no mistake, the wall is going to be built,” he said. “We have five months left in this fiscal year, we’re getting $1.52 billion for border security, there’s a lot that can be done with that.”
But some conservatives say passing a bill funding Democratic priorities will hurt Republicans down the road in the 2018 midterms.
“I find this to be so demoralizing, disappointing and I think they’re going to have hell to pay for this budget,” Ingraham said.
The bill is expected to go to the House floor Wednesday, and to the Senate Thursday, ahead of the shutdown deadline on Friday.
Fox News’ John Roberts and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.
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Trump: US Needs a ‘Good Shutdown’ in September
May 2, 2017 by By Mark Swanson
President Donald Trump on Tuesday took to Twitter to fire the first salvo in 2018 budget negotiations.
The president is clearly not satisfied with the $1.1 trillion spending bill he signed for the rest of fiscal year 2017 to avoid a shutdown of the federal government.
Though his administration and House leadership try to put the best face possible on the spending bill — touting military spending, e.g. — it does not include funding for the president’s border wall, but does continue funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, among other Democratic wins.
President Donald Trump praised Republicans in Congress on Tuesday for passing additional spending for the military and border security in their budget deal with Democrats.
He described the bill as a “clear win” for the American people and called the process “hotly contested.”
The deal includes $1.5 billion for border security and a $21 billion increase in defense spending.
“There will never be a time when we are spending more money,” Trump said about military spending, promising the best equipment and resources for the armed forces.
Trump made his remarks during his speech at the White House, awarding the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team for defeating Army and Navy rivals.
“We are at last reversing years of military cuts and showing our determination and resolve to the rest of the world,” he said.
Trump also praised Republicans for getting more money for border security, calling it a “down payment” for his promised wall on the southern border.
“Make no mistake: we are beginning to build the wall,” he said, pointing to the funding that would be used to fix existing fencing and strengthen the border.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday during a press conference that “Planned Parenthood is not funded” in the budget reconciliation bill that Republicans should be able to get through the Senate with only 51 votes.
Ryan differentiated between the omnibus appropriations bill – which Republicans negotiated with Democrats – and the budget reconciliation bill, and said the former requires 60 votes in the Senate, while the latter only requires 51 votes.
“Look at what all our pro-life groups are saying,” Ryan said. “They’re saying that Planned Parenthood legislation needs to be in the reconciliation bill – as it is – because that’s how you get it into law.”
We always knew that it takes 60 votes to pass an appropriations bill through the Senate. This bill does not have funding for Planned Parenthood. That’s important. The reconciliation bill advances the pro-life cause even further. So, no Planned Parenthood funding in here. And, by the way, [HHS Secretary] Tom Price is now the person who approves grants that go out to the states. So, we feel very comfortable we are working hand in glove with the administration to advance our pro-life priorities.
So, number one – they’re advanced here. We keep all our Hyde Amendment riders. And then our reconciliation bill – that’s the bill that you don’t need 60 votes on – that’s the bill that you don’t need to have Democrats with, and that’s the bill that where we’re advancing our cause even further, and that’s why these two efforts in conjunction with one another advance our cause and our principles quite a bit.
In a press release, Ryan’s office wrote Americans “should know” that the omnibus bill Republicans agreed to “protects life,” but only provides reference to the Hyde Amendment as proof of that claim.
“The bill reaffirms the Hyde amendment and prohibits federal funding of abortions,” Ryan’s office asserts. “It also specifically limits the District of Columbia from using federal funds for abortion in the district.”
The Family Research Council provided further explanation:
For those of you reading the media reports that the GOP didn’t cut Planned Parenthood funding in the omnibus, there’s a reason for that. A bill like this one requires 60 votes, whereas the budget reconciliation measure — which is how Republicans are handling the repeal of Obamacare and the defunding of Planned Parenthood — only needs 51. (And, as most people know by now, that same language already has a track record of success, passing Congress in 2015.) What’s more, adding that provision as a rider on discretionary spending bills like this one wouldn’t affect the mandatory spending programs, which also finance Planned Parenthood. Republicans are committed to severing ties with the group, but the omnibus isn’t the tool to do it. Until then, we’re keeping up the fight for a plan that recognizes: abortion isn’t health care!
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser also said in a statement, “A majority (53.3 percent) of Americans support redirecting Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to community health centers that offer a full range of primary and preventative care but do not perform or promote abortion.”
“With pro-life Republican majorities in both houses, it is incredibly disappointing that any Republican spending bill would contain continued funding for Planned Parenthood,” she added. “This makes it imperative that Republicans also move quickly on a reconciliation bill that redirects the abortion giant’s funding to community health centers.”
Yes shut it down if needed.
RINO Ryan needs to go as speaker.