“Trump responded to the Amtrak Washington train derailment with a tweet calling for more infrastructure spending. The problem is that Trump’s own budget slashes funding for Amtrak.” MORE
“President Donald Trump may want to cut the federal budget and says he wants to return tax dollars back to the American public. Even so, he sure does love to spend your money on his personal pastimes.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the Secret Service reportedly spent $7,470 on golf cart rentals for its agents and the president while at Trump’s private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, according to federal purchase orders reviewed by USA Today. In total, the publication reports that the Secret Service has spent $144,975 on golf carts in the 11 months since Trump assumed office.
Golfing is such an integral part of Trump’s routine — he’s been on 81 trips to golf properties while in office — that the Secret Service had to sign an ongoing contract with Golf Cart & Utility Distributors, a Florida cart rental company, which now amounts to $69,430.”
“Hurricane Harvey is injecting even more uncertainty into a September filled with unpredictable funding fights in Congress.
GOP leaders had tentatively laid plans to pair a popular disaster relief package with a tough vote to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government open at month’s end. But their strategy is already running into headwinds, as the damage from the storm appears far too large for Congress to wait weeks to act.” MORE
“Since Republicans took the House majority in 2010, the debt ceiling has been lifted eight times. It’s a bit easier in the Senate than the House, so let’s focus on the House. Most of the time, the majority of House Republicans don’t vote to lift the cap.” MORE