“When the Trump administration’s U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its first semi-annual report on the status of federal regulations in July, it gave itself a big pat on the back for “amending and eliminating regulations that are ineffective, duplicative, and obsolete.” OMB Director Mick Mulvaney bragged about removing or withdrawing 860 regulations, most of which were in the process of being developed, and none of which, he assured, were important to the American public.
“I got news for you,” he said. “None of them are very sexy. None of them are very glamorous. None of them really rise to the level of getting national attention.” MORE
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he was confident there wouldn’t be a government shutdown when funding runs out at the end of the week.
“There’s not going to be a government shutdown,” he said on ABC’s “This Week” when asked whether the Republican-controlled Congress could keep the government running. “It’s just not going to happen.” MORE
“President Donald Trump’s vow Tuesday to close down the government if he doesn’t get money for the border wall mirrors private comments he has made to advisers in recent days — and could cause significant rifts within his own party if he follows through.
The fight over the wall is likely to explode in September as the administration wrangles over a new budget, an increase in the debt ceiling, the beginning of a tax reform package and a possible resuscitation of health care legislation.” MORE