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    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. VMC’s vaccine effort deserving of kudos This is the time to say thank you to everyone involved in the COVID-19 vaccine administration from Valley Medical Center. For two continuous years now, the outreach to our community has been thorough, while following the guidelines from the CDC. The organization is efficient in regard to location selection, utilization of personnel resources, and the delivery of vaccines and boosters, including the fifth bivalent one. It was easy to make appointments at the Mountain View location. The layout for the check-ins and the setup of the vaccination and recovery tables/chairs were well planned. It was impressive to observe the hard-working staff taking care of the public for the community’s protection, and they were all perfectly pleasant. Kudos to all of you and best wishes of good health. Catherine Wong San Jose Sophia Mason’s story should inspire change Kudos and thanks to you for giving such complete coverage to the Sophia Mason story. It tells of a very sad and...
    Arizona Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ-04) last week blasted the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a revival of President Joe Biden’s (D) “Build Back Better” (BBB) economic bill, saying the contents of the bill will not accomplish what the title promotes. “Families can’t afford gas and groceries, yet Democrats want to raise taxes and spend billions more of your hard-earned money. Instead of addressing the root cause of the recession: out-of-control government spending, Joe Biden and Democrats are now doubling down on their far-left socialist policies that put us into this inflationary death spiral,” Gosar said. The act includes extending the Premium Tax Credit through 2025, and carries interest tax reform for those with an income above $400,000, climate and energy provisions, a book minimum tax (BMT) which imposes a 15 percent minimum tax on companies making over one billion dollars, drug price reforms, and IRS funding, among other items. The United States Senate Committee of Finance (COF) shared that while Democrats tout the bill as a way for the wealthiest Americans and corporations to pay their fair share, it will...
    In an exclusive statement provided to The Tennessee Star, Kurt Winstead’s campaign in the Republican nomination contest for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District unveiled its “Strong American Families Plan.” “Out-of-control gas prices and inflation, in addition to historic crime rates, are threatening American families. Joe Biden and the Democrats caused this problem. But conservative Republicans are going to be the ones to fix it,” the retired general said. If elected, on his first day in the U.S. House of Representatives, Winstead said he pledges to “introduce legislation entitled the Strong American Families Plan.” The plan contains three major components: “Promote Energy Independence,” “Keep Families Safe,” and “Stop Rampant Inflation.” Winstead’s plan calls for legislation promoting energy independence by restarting the Keystone Pipeline, reopening drilling leases, and authorizing offshore drilling exploration on the east coast of the United States. “We must force the Biden administration to restart the pipeline, which would create thousands of jobs and provide an increased supply of energy,” the plan says. “The Biden administration has once again paused oil and drilling leases and permits. That limits our ability...
    EXCLUSIVE — A study that purported to find the gene behind aggression in hamsters is now under fire for unnecessary cruelty, according to a watchdog organization. The White Coat Waste Project sent a letter to the National Institutes of Health's Division of Program Integrity on Friday after obtaining videos from Georgia State University of laboratory hamsters fighting. Researchers used the DNA-splicing tool CRISPR to eliminate the genetic receptor that researchers knew affected the regulation of social behavior. Videos were meant to capture these genetically modified hamsters interacting with nonengineered hamsters to score them based on whether they attacked their counterparts. One hamster seen in the video received open wounds as a result of the experiment. While the statement indicated that it was partially funded by NIH grants, it failed to follow the Stevens Amendment, a law on federal spending transparency, which requires such announcements to be accompanied by the details of their funding. This includes the percentage of research funding that was provided federally versus not and the dollar amount of federal funds. GOING HAM: RESEARCHERS...
    Zuma Press. This story was originally published by Undark and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last December, a young patient was admitted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, after several medications had failed to quell the child’s relentless seizures. A hospital pediatrician, Vignesh Doraiswamy, consulted with neurologists and then tried a different drug. The child had fewer seizures, became more interactive, and was ready to go back home, says Doraiswamy. But there was a problem: The patient’s insurance company refused to authorize the new medication for the parents to administer. The family had to remain in the hospital for at least two more days, Doraiswamy recalls, while the decision went through an appeals process. Doctors have long asserted that prior authorization—the need to get approval from the patient’s insurer before proceeding with treatment—causes delays that can hurt patient care. In an American Medical Association survey conducted in December 2021, one-third of physicians reported that such delays have caused at least one of their patients to experience a serious problem, such as hospitalization, the development of a birth defect, disability, and...
    KAILYN Lowry showed off her massive Target shopping cart in a new video. The Teen Mom's latest dose of retail therapy came after fans slammed her as "wasteful" for spending $766 at the store just weeks ago. 6Teen Mom Kailyn Lowry showed off her massive Target cartCredit: TikTok/kaillowry 6Weeks after being slammed as ‘wasteful’ for spending $766 at the storeCredit: TikTok/kaillowry Kailyn showed off her purchases as she rolled across the retail store in a new TikTok video. "It's my 30th birthday so let's go shopping at Target," the reality star told viewers as she filmed herself with glasses and her hair down, red cart in tow. "These are actually so cute," she exclaimed as she filmed a sweater. "I've never seen these before but love the packaging so we're gonna try it," she continued holding up a $14 bottle of "baby wash." "Everything I'm buying today is for my kids," Kailyn added which she called "adulting." The MTV star continued to the bedding section, loading her cart with multiple comforters before honing in on some gold cutlery. Read...
    YouTube Kailyn Lowry “Teen Mom” star Kailyn Lowry recently faced backlash from fans for excessive spending. On February 6, The 29-year-old posted a haul on TikTok in which she revealed she spent over $600 at the beauty retailer Ulta. Some fans took issue with Kail’s spending and called the “16 and Pregnant” alum out for “wasteful spending.”‘Teen Mom’ Fans Slam Kailyn’s Spending Habits @kaillowry #ulta #ultamusthaves #ultafinds #ultahaul #selfcare #mom #momlife #kaillowry #mua #makeup #shop #shopping #shoppinghaul ♬ original sound – Kailyn Lowry In the February 6 Tiktok, Kailyn held her Ulta receipt up to the camera, telling fans she spent $632.49. The MTV star then shared her purchases, which included Gucci Guilty perfume, retailed at $65, and the Versace perfume, Dylan Blue, retailed at $92. Fans expressed their thoughts on Kailyn’s recent shopping spree in the comments. One fan wrote, “Damn! Her Ulta bill is almost as much as my mortgage payment.” Another TikTok user commented, “The amount you spend on wasteful things is remarkable.” While some fans criticized Kailyn’s shopping habits, others defended her...
    TEEN Mom Kailyn Lowry angered fans who slammed her as "wasteful" for for her recent nearly $800 spending spree at Target. The reality star appears to be doing just fine in the finances department as she is currently in the process of building her $850K mansion. 5Kailyn's fans called her 'wasteful' for her recent spending spree of nearly $800Credit: Instagram/kaillowry 5She showed off her hefty bill after a trip to Target in a TikTok videoCredit: TikTok @kaillowry Kailyn showed off her purchases in a TikTok video claiming that the outing was initially to gather "essential items" for the family's upcoming trip to Atlanta, Georgia. The clip first began with Kailyn capturing her cart full of items while at the register, before zooming in on the hefty total displayed on the screen. The 29-year-old is heard saying in the background: "I really overextended myself." She then showed fans her final bill amounting to $766.31. While holding up the receipt, she commented: "Just got back from Target and I never anticipated spending this much, but I spent...
    On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “At This Hour,” House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) said he doesn’t know how wasteful government spending would increase gas prices, and that it’s “insane for anybody to believe” that the Build Back Better Act reconciliation bill will do anything to increase inflation. After playing a clip of Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) arguing that wasteful government spending is causing inflation, host Kate Bolduan asked, “I’m curious what you say to that, and also do you know how wasteful government spending is forcing gas prices up?” Yarmuth responded, “I have no idea, Kate, and neither does Rick Scott. With all due respect, he has no idea what he’s talking about. You know, the bill that we’re talking about now, the Build Back Better Act, will increase spending by 0.6% of GDP over the next ten years. It is insane for anybody to believe that 0.6% extra spending is going to do anything to put — to increase inflation. As a matter of fact, fifteen Nobel Prize-winning economists have written a letter saying this bill will...
    After the pandemic we should be experiencing one of the greatest economic booms in American history, yet prices are climbing, consumer sentiment has plummeted, and there are more than 9 million open jobs without workers to fill them – the most ever.    President Biden should be more concerned with his economic crisis before the recovery goes into a complete nosedive, but instead his administration is preoccupied with forcing through trillions in new wasteful spending that will impede future growth.   The administration’s budget even acknowledges that growth isn’t a priority; it only forecasts meager 2% GDP growth by 2023 with it dropping even lower until 2029. They’ve also spent their time focused on radical and unpopular social policies like removing the popular Hyde Amendment to start using taxpayer funds for abortions.  JASON CHAFFETZ: BIDEN'S ‘FREE MONEY’ POLICIES HAVE LOADED US WITH DEBT. WILL INTEREST RATES TAKE A HIT NEXT? Another worrying sign for the recovery, is Democrats’ obsession with raising taxes. So much so that Biden’s budget has broken his promise not to raise taxes on those making less than...
    An Illinois organization is calling out President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill for pork projects. The Illinois chapter of the group Americans for Prosperity will once again be handing out pork sandwiches Thursday to highlight the pork included in Biden’s infrastructure bill. The group plans to set up outside U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood’s West Chicago office in the 14th District. “Just going to have a little fun to highlight a very serious bill being debated in Washington and that is the $4 trillion so-called infrastructure bill,” Illinois Director Jason Heffley said. The group held similar events outside U.S. Rep. Sean Casten’s office in Glen Ellyn and outside U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos’s office in Rock Island. “In all three of the districts, the graduated income tax lost by more than 20 points which was essentially a tax on the rich and let Springfield go on a spending spree,” Heffley said. Biden expects to meet with members of Congress this week as they try to win support for a bipartisan plan. At least 21 senators from both...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Pipe excess U.S. water to thirsty California It seems that every night the weather person shows us a map of California in a growing deep red color signifying extreme drought. After that, we frequently see midwestern, southern and eastern states flooded by heavy rains, storms, hurricanes and other consequences of climate change. Why, I wonder, can’t we (and yes I mean people smarter than me!) figure out a way to transport that water to our state. To heck with gas pipelines, we need water pipelines. Yes, it sounds a bit crazy and expensive, but what is the cost to all of us to have California dry up like Nevada? We need a champion to get this going. William Weidinger Pleasant Hill Judge’s AR-15, knife comparison thoughtless Regarding Chris Kniel’s letter on June 9 (“In rush to criticize, judge’s point missed,” Page A6), I thought that it was a rather flippant comment for Judge Benitez to make considering the serious nature of his ruling. And I...
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul brought a stack of colorful posters as visual aids to the Senate floor Friday for a half-hour long speech lamenting “ridiculous” taxpayer-funded research at multiple federal agencies. "I don’t think this bill makes us stronger. In fact, I think the Chinese sit back … and laugh at America thinking we’re going to be stronger by borrowing more money from China," Paul said in opposition to the Endless Frontier Act, which would expand research at the National Science Foundation that proponents say would help the United States keep up with China. BLM PROTESTER TO NEARBY POLICE: ‘WE GONNA BLOW YOUR MOTHERF***ING HEAD OFF’ "So I just don't think it makes us any stronger at all. I think it makes us weaker. It would be one thing if it weren't being so horribly wasted,” the Kentucky Republican added. Paul, a well-documented fiscal conservative, argued that a country with a $28 trillion national debt should not spend money on the research included in this bill. He used poster boards to outline spending on research that he contends frivolous, including...
    Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul showed up to the Senate floor Friday with colorful props to call out wasteful tax spending on research at federal agencies like the National Science Foundation. Paul spoke for 32 minutes against the Endless Frontier Act, a bipartisan bill that would expand funding for science and technology research, Fox News reported. Proponents of the bill say that it will help the U.S. compete with China, but Paul pointed to the $28 trillion national debt as a reason to cut down on what he called wasteful spending. “I don’t think this bill makes us stronger,” Paul said. “In fact, I think the Chinese sit back … and laugh at America thinking we’re going to be stronger by borrowing more money from China.” (RELATED: REPORT: Biden To Propose $6 Trillion Budget That Would Break Debt Records) “So I just don’t think it makes us any stronger at all,” he added. “I think it makes us weaker. It would be one thing if it weren’t being so horribly wasted.” Paul’s props were poster boards highlighting expensive government-funded projects,...
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., arrived on the Senate floor Friday morning accompanied by a stack of colorful poster boards to rail against "ridiculous" taxpayer-funded research at the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. Paul, a fiscal conservative, delivered a 32-minute speech Friday morning to oppose the bipartisan Endless Frontier Act that would expand science and technology research that proponents say will help the U.S. counter China. Paul warned of the $28 trillion national debt and said the U.S. should be reining in wasteful spending and not borrowing more money from China to fund such legislation.  "I don’t think this bill makes us stronger. In fact, I think the Chinese sit back … and laugh at America thinking we’re going to be stronger by borrowing more money from China," Paul said. "So I just don't think it makes us any stronger at all. I think it makes us weaker. It would be one thing if it weren't being so horribly wasted." CHINA TOYING WITH BIDEN ADMINISTRATION AT EVERY TURN To make his point about wasteful spending, Paul cracked out a...
    Senate Republicans on Wednesday will discuss whether to bring back earmarks -- setting up a battle between fiscal hawks who decry them as "wasteful" spending and others who believe earmarks could help improve dealmaking in Congress. The discussion will happen at a regularly scheduled conference meeting, with a series of secret-ballot votes likely. None of the decisions made in the meeting will be binding on members, but they will indicate where the Senate GOP stands on the issue as Democrats, with majorities in each chamber, plan to use earmarks and House Republicans have already decided to join them.  The conference meeting will happen just after 4 p.m. A Senate Republican's aide told Fox News that a series of votes are expected Wednesday, including a vote on whether to preserve the existing moratorium on earmarks. Votes are also expected on amendments proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, which could ban earmark money from going to the family of members or political organizations. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has been a vocal supporter of lifting the earmark ban. So has former President Trump.  (AP) MANCHIN TO COSPONSOR PRO ACT, UNION-BACKED BILL...
    Experts from various economic and energy groups denounced President Joe Biden’s sweeping infrastructure package, specifically taking aim at its massive price tag and emphasis on green energy proposals favored by progressives and climate activists. Biden introduced his infrastructure package, dubbed the American Jobs Plan, during an address Wednesday in Pennsylvania. A White House fact-sheet stated the plan will cost at least $2 trillion dollars over a decade and senior administration officials noted it would be funded primarily by raising the corporate tax rate to what it was before the Trump administration’s 2017 tax cuts. The American Jobs Plan is a historic investment that will create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China. Learn more: https://t.co/kR807B5HbH — The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 31, 2021 Stephen Moore, an economist who served in the Reagan administration, expressed concerns about government spending under the Biden administration. The president signed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package into law earlier in March, and he is potentially eyeing a $5 trillion spending blitz on infrastructure and other...
    More from: Rich Lowry Comparing Georgias new voting law to Jim Crow is a disgusting smear Democrats opposed overturning election results on principle — until they didnt Anti-Asian crime is awful, but white supremacy isnt driving most of it Democrats will live to regret it if they nuke the filibuster Bidens COVID-relief bill is neither a COVID nor a relief bill So far the defining word of the Biden era is “trillion.” The Joe Biden who portrayed himself as a moderate deal-maker during the presidential campaign is a distant memory, replaced by the Joe Biden who is dazzling progressives with his willingness to “go big” — in other words, spend jaw-dropping amounts of taxpayer cash. Why? Well, Democrats talked themselves into the proposition that there basically isn’t any such thing as spending too much money. Relatedly, the party consensus is that former President Barack Obama went “too small,” with a stimulus package under a trillion dollars, insufficient to the scale of the 2008 recession. Besides, spending is what Biden can actually do — he can pass his stimulus and...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the chamber will remain in session until lawmakers pass a $1.9 trillion spending package. Senate lawmakers will begin voting Friday afternoon on a barrage of GOP amendments to the legislation that could drag on for hours. Debate commenced at 9 a.m., following the nearly 11-hour reading of the 628-page measure. Republicans forced the Senate clerks to read the entire bill as part of a protest against the cost and scope of the bill, which they said is mostly wasteful and unrelated to the pandemic it aims to address. Schumer, a New York Democrat, thanked the team of clerks. who read the bill beginning around 3 p.m. Thursday. They finished around 2 a.m. Lawmakers will debate the measure for up to three hours Friday before commencing with a “vote-a-rama” on any amendment offered by a senator. Schumer said the Senate will not adjourn until the bill is passed. “The Senate is going to take a lot of votes, but we are going to power through and finish this bill, however long it...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the chamber will remain in session until lawmakers pass a $1.9 trillion Covid spending package. Senate lawmakers will begin voting this afternoon on a barrage of GOP amendments to the legislation that could drag on for hours. Debate commenced at 9 a.m. this morning, following the nearly 11-hour reading of the 628-page measure. Republicans forced the Senate reading clerks to read the entire bill as part of a protest against the cost and scope of the bill, which they said is mostly wasteful and unrelated to the pandemic it aims to address. Schumer, a New York Democrat, thanked the team of clerks. who read the bill begining around 3 p.m. Thursday. They finished around 2 a.m. Lawmakers will debate the measure for up to three hours this morning before commencing with a “vote-a-rama” on any amendment offered by a senator. Schumer said the Senate will not adjourn until the bill is passed. “The Senate is going to take a lot of votes, but we are going to power through and finish...
    Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Jason Smith (R-MO) wrote a letter to House Appropriations chair Rosa DeLauro Tuesday, requesting she advance legislation to remove wasteful spending from the latest coronavirus package. Banks, the House Republican Study Committee (RSC) chairman, and Smith (pictured), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, urged DeLauro to consider President Donald Trump’s rescission package that would remove wasteful spending. Banks and Smith wrote to DeLauro: Given the fiscal challenges we face and its potential impact on working-class Americans, it is critical that congressional leaders take every opportunity to practice fiscal responsibility and prioritize all taxpayer dollars toward effective programs that directly benefit the American people. We truly hope you will consider this rescissions package as it identifies wasteful and unnecessary spending, spending which is particularly egregious during the pandemic and hard-economic times we face. The rescission package would remove $17 billion in wasteful foreign aid programs, including: $388 million from International Organizations and Programs. $430 million from Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs. $173 million from Small International Agencies. Funding would be rescinded from the...
            by Bethany Blankley  Congress “spent as never before, doing so ostensibly without a care” in 2020, greatly contributing to what is now a $3.1 trillion deficit, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, argues in his annual wasteful spending report. At the same time, initial 15-day lockdowns to stop the spread of the coronavirus turned into nearly year-long lockdowns, Paul said, “wreaking havoc on Americans’ health, sanity, and economy, while also empowering petty tyrants across the country.” Some of the deficit is traceable to COVID-19-related spending, Paul said, “but a lot of it was not. For example, perhaps somebody can explain to me why … Congress reimbursed some agencies for money they had spent in late 2019 and early 2020, before COVID hit, on efforts unrelated to COVID?” Paul suggested cutting agencies blank checks is why the debt skyrocketed from $23 trillion to more than $27 trillion. Congressional spending was 50% higher in 2020 than 2019, he said. Payments of interest on the public debt remained at $387 billion. “If you laid out that many $1 bills end to...
            by Matthew Dickerson  President Donald Trump is right: There’s a lot of ridiculous gimmicks and wasteful projects in the new massive spending bill. And the good news is there’s something that Trump can do about it, even though he recently signed the huge COVID-19 stimulus and omnibus spending bill into law. pic.twitter.com/v9Rdjz6DNu — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020 While signing the bill, the president released a statement announcing that he would use his authority to request that Congress rescind wasteful spending from the bill. Under the Impoundment Control Act, the president can propose that Congress rescind, or cancel, specific unspent budget authority from programs he has determined are unneeded. The rescission package would be considered by the House and Senate under expedited procedures, without being subject to a filibuster in the Senate, and with protections for a minority of members to prevent the bill from getting bottled up in committee proceedings. This makes sense. The 5,593-page behemoth spending package was loaded with overspending, gimmicks, and dozens of unrelated other legislative provisions. It was written behind closed doors...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Rep. James Comer (R-KY) stated that if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) isn’t willing to “reduce all that wasteful spending” in the coronavirus relief bill, President Donald Trump should veto the bill and force Congress to start over. Comer said, “Well, the next step is what Leader McCarthy just tried to do. The Republicans wanted to file a unanimous consent to reduce the wasteful spending in that COVID bill. What Nancy Pelosi has right now is a bad case of selective hearing. Because what the president said was he wanted to increase the stimulus direct payments from $600 to $2,000, but he also said he wanted to reduce all that wasteful spending that Nancy Pelosi put in that bill. So, they have selective hearing. And I think what the president should do now is he should veto the bill, and if Pelosi’s unwilling to cut the waste out — and start all over.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett  
    Sen. Kelly Loeffler will consider President Trump’s call for Congress to amend the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill to increase direct payments to eligible Americans from $600 to $2,000 — if it “repurposes wasteful spending.” Loeffler (R-Ga.), who is in the political fight of her life in a race that will help decide which party holds the Senate — and has previously said $600 was sufficient — made the comment while speaking to reporters Wednesday at a campaign event with black business owners. Asked about the commander-in-chief’s call for the amount to be raised, the Trump ally replied that she supports “redirecting any wasteful spending to be very targeted at families and businesses who have been impacted by this virus through no fault of their own.” Pressed further on whether that meant she would back increasing the direct payments, she answered: “I’ll certainly look at supporting it if it repurposes wasteful spending toward that, yes.” All eyes have focused on two Senate battles in Georgia, both with GOP incumbents. The current balance of the Senate is 50 Republicans and...
    "Congress has a choice to make," "Hannity" guest host Jason Chaffetz said Wednesday after President Trump sharply criticized the $908 billion COVID relief bill passed by the House and Senate earlier this week. "Will they deliver needed aid to Americans struggling [in] the pandemic, or will they retreat to the old ways of Washington, where pork-packed projects, foreign nations, and the special interests take priority over the forgotten men and women of the United States of America?" asked the former House Oversight Committee chairman. TRUMP VETOES DEFENSE BILL DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS  Trump slammed the aid package as a "disgrace" on Tuesday evening, urging Congress to amend the bill and increase the amount of money paid directly to Americans. The president followed that up Wednesday by vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act, which he called a "gift" to U.S. adversaries and Big Tech companies who benefit from liability protections despite Trump's repeated calls to roll them back. Chaffetz described the omnibus spending legislation of which the COVID relief bill was a part as "an appropriations bill that nobody would have voted for if they had to vote for it by itself." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "President Trump was elected to be a disruptive force. He was never...
    After dropping a threat of a veto to the coronavirus and omnibus spending packages, President Donald Trump has taken off for Palm Beach, Florida, Wednesday to spend the holidays at Mar-a-Lago, Fox News reported. Trump is expected to spend 10 days at his winter White House through the New Year, according to WPTV-5 West Palm Beach. Trumps trip comes amid his holding on signing or vetoing the bipartisan spending deals, telling Congress to amend the stimulus with an upgrade from $600 per individual checks to $2,000, a call that will face resistence with fiscal conservatives in Congress. Trump also called for cutting of wasteful spending in the omnibus, which is sending billions in aid to foreign countries. "I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple," Trump said in his video Tuesday. "Im also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation, and to send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a package, and...
    While most of the attention on Donald Trump's bizarre video threatening to blow up the coronavirus relief/government spending deal has been focused on the $2,000 direct payments he's demanding, there's the other, stupid, part. Leave to it Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler to seize on the stupid. "I certainly support redirecting any wasteful spending to be very targeted at families and businesses who have been impacted by this virus through no fault of their own," she said in Georgia, when asked about Trump's statement. Pressed on whether that meant she'd vote for $2,000 relief checks, she hedged: "I'll certainly look at supporting it if it repurposes wasteful spending toward that, yes." So about that "wasteful spending." The stupid part. "It's called the COVID relief bill," he railed, "but it has almost nothing to do with COVID." That's because this bill is linked to the larger government spending bill, which includes foreign aid funding—and $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. "This bill contains $85.5 million for assistance to Cambodia, $134 million to Burma, $1.3...
    Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul let his grievances fly Wednesday in his annual observation of the “Seinfeld”-inspired holiday Festivus. Paul began by compiling and publishing, as he does every year, a list of what he believes are the most egregious wastes of taxpayer money. (RELATED: ‘Why Do You Want To Spread Violence?’: Joe Scarborough Lashes Out At Rand Paul In Angry Rant) Among those that rated a mention on his 2020 list, which accounted for $54 billion, were the millions sent to combat truancy in The Philippines and research grants for a program that involved lizards walking on treadmills. Yesterday, I published my #Festivus waste report, which highlighted $54 billion in truly outlandish waste in government. — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020 Researchers used federal funds from grants worth $1,327,781.72 to see if you’ll eat ground-up bugs. Read more here: https://t.co/BU1CjiZdgS pic.twitter.com/FT4XRhJZH3 — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020 The National Institutes of Health is spending $3,452,234.00 to test if social media messages will get moms to stop their adolescent daughters from using indoor tanning...
    President Donald Trump seemed to threaten Tuesday to veto the COVID-19 stimulus package that Congress passed almost 24 hours earlier, telling lawmakers to boost checks for Americans to $2,000 and make other modifications after sitting out talks for months. Trump said 'it's taken forever' to get a package and the bill passed 'is much different than anticipated.' 'It really is a disgrace,' he added. 'Send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package and maybe that administration will be me and we will get it done,' Trump also said, as he continues to refuse to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden. 'It's a disgrace.' Trump tweeted an address from the White House to rail against a bill passed by both parties in both chambers with overwhelming support Both houses easily had passed the bill but Senator Rand Paul had attacked his own party for voting for it saying they are 'no better than Democrats'.  He told the Senate Monday afternoon: 'To so-called conservatives who are quick to identify the socialism...
    'I didn't hear Sen. Paul worry about the deficit when he voted to give $1 trillion in tax breaks to the top 1% & large corporations,' Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted. Several Republican senators who voted "no" on the new bipartisan COVID relief bill passed by Congress on Monday took to Twitter to complain that the bill was too expensive — despite a record of supporting 2017's monumental tax break for billionaires. Sen. Rick Scott (R-IL) tweeted Tuesday that he voted against COVID relief, calling the bill "wasteful". "I supported and fought for many of the COVID provisions in last night's bill," he wrote on the platform. "Unfortunately, they were attached to an omnibus spending bill that was thousands of pages long and chock full of handouts to special interests and wasteful spending. I couldn't support it."
    PAUL SCHOLES believes Manchester United would have beaten Sevilla if they had Jadon Sancho in the team. Scholes has now urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to start spending serious cash on star signings if he wants to win trophies any time soon. 2Paul Scholes reckons Jadon Sancho would have helped Man Utd beat SevillaCredit: Getty Images - Getty United squandered numerous chances in their 2-1 Europa League semi final defeat to Sevilla in Cologne on Sunday night. The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all passed up golden opportunities to hit the target during a dominant 15 minute spell after the break. United had gone up 1-0 in the clash thanks to an early penalty from Bruno Fernandes. But Sevilla struck back 15 minutes later through ex-Liverpool and AC Milan winger Suso. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest United news Sub striker Luuk De Jong then netted what turned out to bet Sevilla’s winner in the 78th minute. And United were ruing what may have been after having an incredible 20 shots against their Spanish...
    A lack of internal auditing led to the budget and cash flow problems at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), a new legislative report found. Despite having the second-largest internal audit unit in the state, NCDOT's Office of Inspector General has not completed a performance audit since 2016, according to an evaluation report completed by the General Assembly's Program Evaluation Division. Evaluators told the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee on Monday that performance audits could have detected and prevented NCDOT from overspending by $742 million in fiscal year 2019 and maxing out its cash balances. Program Evaluation Division lead program evaluator John Horne said the blames lies with the North Carolina Council of Internal Auditing for not reviewing NCDOT's auditing process. "The council has been viable and active but has not probed or challenged the effectiveness of internal auditing," Horne said. Evaluators believe if the council had followed its standards set by state law and examined NCDOT inspectors' process, the problems would have been identified earlier. The 2007 Internal Audit Act...
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