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The threat of a government shutdown has been averted, but not without some serious concessions from the Trump administration on issues such as no funding for a border wall, and other sticking points like funding cuts to sanctuary cities, or attempts to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Report on the budget deal from NBC News:

A deal has been reached on a $1 trillion-plus bill to fund the government for the final five months of this fiscal year, an agreement that is likely to avert a government shutdown.

Congressional negotiators had been working through the weekend to hash out the last remaining complications in a bill to fund the government before the agreement was announced Sunday night.

The newly reached deal includes an additional $15 billion in defense spending, less than what Trump asked for, but still $25 billion more than last year’s spending. It also includes a permanent fix to fund coal miners’ health care instead of a temporary extension.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York called the deal “a good agreement for the American people” that “takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table.”

“The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall, excludes poison pill riders and increases investments in programs that the middle-class relies on, like medical research, education and infrastructure,” Schumer said Sunday night.

“Early on in this debate, Democrats clearly laid out our principles,” he said. “At the end of the day, this is an agreement that reflects those principles.”

Democrats stressed that there is no money not only for a border wall, but also none for a deportation force, and they said there would be no cut in funding for so-called sanctuary cities.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the President was attacking his political opponents as being simply a party of obstruction:

I’m searching far and wide here, but I don’t see much in the way of victory for the Trump administration. The Democrats may be lacking a leader, but they still seem to be accomplishing quite a bit in DC. Trump, on the other hand, is supposed to be the bully-pulpit leader, yet the budget battle over border wall funding and other Trump initiatives seemed finished before it began. Trump will say he’s simply dealing and taking what he can get, which was an increase in border security funding rather than risk a government shutdown. That might be the case, but it seemed like the effort was pretty minimal on his part.

Granted, the deal isn’t quite done yet as the House and Senate must both pass it, and it could still change. The agreement has been reached tentatively, so long as nothing much changes this week, it’ll likely pass as it stands.

Fox News mentions the two items that are being marked as victories for Trump:

The measure funding the remainder of the 2017 budget year eliminates cuts to popular domestic programs like medical research and infrastructure grants. Trump did obtain $1.5 billion for border security measures such as additional detention beds. And he got a $15 billion down payment on his efforts to strengthen the military.

So Trump was able to squeeze a little more military funding out, and another billion and a half on border security. In the grand scheme of things, those items are almost rounding errors in the federal budget. Not to diminish it, but these items hardly seem close to the lofty items promised for months during the campaign, and for weeks during his presidency.

Doesn’t much matter though, because Trump remains very popular with the base:

A Washington Post/ABC poll released Sunday found that while just 42% of respondents said they approved of Trump’s performance so far, 96% of Trump voters said they did the right thing by voting for him.

Just 2% said they regretted voting for Trump.

Trump is being given some generous latitude from supporters over when and how he can implement some of his biggest promises. His detractors will magnify the shortcomings, like the lack of border wall funding, but his supporters will point to promises kept, like Justice Neil Gorsuch. There is always two sides to every coin. In Sunday’s budget deal, however, Democrats have much to be pleased with.

27 COMMENTS

  1. This was a win. For America. Coal miners have a permanent plan now, something that President Trump has advocated for.
    Also this is only thru Sept.
    If Sen. Ted Cruz gets his border bill past, we won’t need the funds from Congress. He also wanted to check out the border wall designs and bring the cost down. ? Lots of work before we get to building it.

    I think this is a win for the USA. I’m glad the Democrats agree. ?

      • The more I learn what was funded… Ugh. Planned parenthood (black genocide), obamacare, sanctuary cities….
        Paul Ryan needs to go. Time to drain the swamp.

        • I had heard the claim before, so I checked into it. I knew someone from the local YWCA who knew the local statistics. She said there is no difference between white and minorities here. But nationally, the rate is higher among minorities. But in order to understand that, you have to look at why women have abortions. We have always had abortions in this country. When they were illegal, the rich had “vacations,” the poor had back-alley butchers. Likewise, white women still have more options, including IUD’s, the “morning after pill,” and of course, “miscarriages.” There was a huge spike in IUDs with the adoption of Obamacare.

          Poverty and education are also important factors, as well as security and powerlessness. White women, on average are 18 TIMES as wealthy as Hispanic women–and 20 TIMES as wealthy as African-American women. Wealth gives you options and power. Under the poverty line, Black women do not have more abortions than other women UNDER the poverty line.

          Also, we should note that in 2011 we had 16.9 abortions per thousand, compared to 29.3 in 1981.

          https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/abortions-racial-gap/380251/

          • This is from your link.
            An African-American woman is almost five times likelier to have an abortion than a white woman, and a Latina more than twice as likely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
            http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5808a1.htm?s_cid=ss5808a1_e

            (I am using your link, then using on the hyperlink.)

            We also have seen an 3x increase in drug dependent babies.
            https://www.statnews.com/2016/08/11/babies-opioids-addiction/

            So the issue of womans rights, babies rights are really huge. Is it okay to put the child in high risk for social or mental health risks? Or is it better to abort?

            Now in Denmark they have a record low birth of Down Syndrome, and aborting disabled babies are ok in China even at 8 months.
            http://www.whatsonweibo.com/china-end-syndrome/

            If we had no abortions. The African American populatIon would increase. Correct.
            I would also like to point out that it is only the Democratic party that is pushing for Woman right to ABORT, instead of childrens rights to live.
            Yet, when it comes to the death penalty they will fight till the end.
            In other words, a murderer/rapist will have more rights to life then a fetus/baby.

            But in the end of all this conversation. We now have the morning after pill sold over the counter. We will see abortions fade away. I think that this will have a direct link to our population rate. And the ramifications will be felt.

            • False argument. We have always had abortions–even in ancient times. They were not even illegal at the time of the founding.

              We wouldn’t have more African-Americans if safe abortion were made illegal. We’d just have fewer Black women.

              How, exactly, is drug-dependent babies relevant? Wouldn’t that be an argument for making abortion easier?

              However, I will say that your argument should be given more weight than mine. This is a women’s issue, and old, fat, rich, white men can give their opinion, but should not be making decisions about it. If a majority of women go one way or the other on the issue, that should be what’s done.

              As for the article, I did agree that there are more African-American abortions than white, per capita, and I did say that below the poverty line, Black women do not have the highest number of abortions. You haven’t added anything there.

            • Below the poverty line black woman don’t have the highest abortions. Well that is because we subsidize cost with Food stamps, free healthcare, LIHEAP, Low cost vet care, free phones, subsidize housing/projects, cash benefits, free food programs in school…. The benefits increase by the number of dependent’s. Then at the end of the year you can still file taxes, and get credit for each dependent.

              But that isn’t the number that I was concentrating on. It is the overall number, Goethe. Rather they are from rich or poor mother’s isn’t the point. The point is that they are not alive.

              Let me put it this way. The government should NOT subsidize any PP. It should be funded by donors& clients. Government should invest in free health clinics, and hospitals.

  2. Between Trump and Scott Pruitt at the EPA, there’s been a lot done for coal mine owners. Just nothing for the actual miners. Trump’s signed orders that allows coal mines owners to flush more toxic waste into the waters nearby. He waved rules on power plants emitting more toxins into the air. He’s made it easier to ignore the impending disaster generated by hundreds of millions of tons of coal ash. All those actions make the bottom lines more attractive for coal mine owners and energy companies. Not one of these things increase demands for coal or to put one coal miner back to work. Employment for mine workers has been falling for decades as dozers and conveyor belts replaced humans with pickaxes and mules.

    Trump scrapping the Clean Power Plan may slow the decline of coal — but it won’t bring the demand for coal back. The primary drivers of coal’s decline have been the demand for cheap electricity and cheap natural gas.

    • Berkley… No. They were never implemented. Obama just signed them in December!!!
      EPA has had strict regulations before.

        • Here is a list of Berkley lies.
          1 Just nothing for the actual miners. ??
          2. Trump’s signed orders that allows coal mines owners to flush more toxic waste into the waters nearby.
          3. He waved rules on power plants emitting more toxins into the air. 4.He’s made it easier to ignore the impending disaster generated by hundreds of millions of tons of coal ash.
          5. Not one of these things increase demands for coal or to put one coal miner back to work.
          6.Employment for mine workers has been falling for decades as dozers and conveyor belts replaced humans with pickaxes and mules.
          7.Trump scrapping the Clean Power Plan may slow the decline of coal — but it won’t bring the demand for coal back. 8. The primary drivers of coal’s decline have been the demand for cheap electrity.

          So it is MOSTLY LIES.

            • Here is a list of Berkley lies.
              1 Just nothing for the actual miners. ??
              2. Trump’s signed orders that allows coal mines owners to flush more toxic waste into the waters nearby.
              3. He waved rules on power plants emitting more toxins into the air. 4.He’s made it easier to ignore the impending disaster generated by hundreds of millions of tons of coal ash.
              5. Not one of these things increase demands for coal or to put one coal miner back to work.
              6.Employment for mine workers has been falling for decades as dozers and conveyor belts replaced humans with pickaxes and mules.
              7.Trump scrapping the Clean Power Plan may slow the decline of coal — but it won’t bring the demand for coal back. 8. The primary drivers of coal’s decline have been the demand for cheap electrity.

            • Angelica…All your references are simply reports of what use to be…things that happened before Trump took office. My post was about the changes Trump has implemented since he became president. Look those up and then get back to me.

            • Prove it. Seriously. Back up your claims. You can’t. Because that would require you to dig deep into the vast amount of exaggerated and false reporting from many “news” agencies.
              I realize this!!! I copied your sentence and pasted it in the search bar, the amount of sites (left leaning) were on the first page. Heck, I even had to click on them, then read them. Found their sources (hyperlinks) read that article and FINALLY seen how distorted the final report was. I strongly suggest you do the same. You might be surprised how manipulated the facts are to push an agenda.

            • Angelica…copy and paste is a hit or miss game. It is not research. Exactly which news agencies are you referring to as “ vast amount of exaggerated and false reporting” and what facts do you have to make this statement? Were you a witness to each event? Of course, you weren’t. Therefore, your assessment is no more valid than mine or any other reader of this page. I enjoy debate, exchanging ideas, but I will not join in your game of harassment.

            • Harassment?
              I copy and paste as a tool. It is a much like hyperlinks. You can get alot of information if you dig deeper and question more.
              I provided links to support my argument that you spew out lies without merit, opinions as facts, and feelings as rightousness.

              Grow up.

  3. There is no win for America here as long as a single taxpayer penny is being given to the baby parts selling BUTCHERS bat planned parenthood – this is a total DISGRACE!

      • Actually, conservatives are the hope for the future of the GOP. President Reagan would be spinning in his grave were he to see what is happening now. We have a life respecting plank in the party platform. If Republicans elected to respect it fail in that objective, the Constitution party may rise up top replace them with honest conservative values, period! It grieves me to have to say that as a 41-year Republican voter, but that is the reality they need to be facing.

  4. It’s bizarre too see how Republican Nazis suddenly pretend to care about black people when they can use them as a baseball bat to kill women with. Just like they suddenly pretend to care about gay people when they can use them as a baseball bat to kill muslims with.

    It’s a Nazi party. They only care about rich white men. You’re not fooling anyone, snowflakes.

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