Yup, the horrible budget passed..with not a single Democrat voting for it in the Senate or House. The last time a Federal Budget was actually passed was in October of 2015 for the Fiscal year 2016. That was a bipartisan bill that passed in the Senate 64-35 before being sent to Obama for his signature. The proposed budget from Obama for fiscal year 2017 was not allowed to reach vote, as the incoming administration pushed congressional Republicans to hold off until Trump could come in and fix things up real good.
Then followed a failed attempt to tie repeal and replace to the budget, which never happened. The government hasn’t even been running on a fiscal budget since 2016, but had instead been moving along with passed spending appropriations.
“On January 12, 2017, the Senate voted 51 to 48 to pass a FY2017 budget resolution, S.Con.Res. 3, that contained language allowing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act through the budget reconciliation process, which disallows a filibuster in the Senate. The resulting bill, the American Health Care Act of 2017 was initially publicly released by House Republicans on March 6, 2017. The bill was initially withdrawn on March 24 after it failed to gain sufficient House Republican support to pass it, but continuing attempts at compromise led to a new attempt to pass it in early May.
The Trump administration released its preliminary 2018 federal budget request on March 16, 2017. The budget also proposed changes to the BCA spending caps for FY2017, with defense spending increasing by $25 billion (from $551 to $576 billion), and non-defense spending decreasing by $15 billion (from $519 billion to $504 billion).”
The reconciliation process is what led to no requirement for Democrats to be involved whatsoever. so..here we are. Now Congress (Republicans only) have the unenviable task of trying to tie tax reform to both unreasonable expectations, as promised by Trump, and a truly ridiculous budget. I ranted about this earlier here and here. Good luck fuckers.
Fox news, as promised, is running with the Hillary Clinton-Uranium deal and the Hillary Clinton-Steele Dossier thingie, full bore. Cumulatively it is now known as THE REAL RUSSIAN COLLUSION STORY. It proves everything every Fox viewer wanted to believe about Hillary Clinton. She should be impeached NOW!!!
In my unscientific study of Fox news today, from 6am-11am, there was at least one segment or full story about Hillary Clinton EVERY HALF HOUR and they were all subtitled “The Real Russian Collusion Story” by every host. I’m sure Hannity will continue to dedicate a full hour, every night, to the latest BREAKING NEWS concerning Hillary Clinton.
As far as the details, let’s not jump down the rabbit hole with this stuff. Currently, Fox would have us believe that Clinton handed 6 million dollars to Steele to give to Russian operatives to dig up dirt on Trump. Not that Clinton gave a law firm 6 million dollars over the course of almost a year for legal work including background information on their opponent, who in turn gave some money to a research firm, who in turn gave some money to a specialized researcher, who in turn found the information that came to be known as the Steele Dossier which no one in the Clinton campaign even knew about before the FBI did and never used the shit that was in there anyway, if they had it…don’t ya think they would have? Anyways, that’s neither here nor there.
The only truly interesting part of that story is- the house committee seeking a subpoena to have Fusion GPS bank account information turned over to cover a scope of time well beyond reason and depth of insight well outside the bounds of their search for information on Russian interference in the campaign. The House investigation has very little to do with Russians or Trump and everything to do with trying to derail the investigation. A judge is looking at this subpoena right now. If he allows it to go through, the type of information the House Committee uncovers may very well derail the investigation from it’s supposed focus. They would be getting information on more customers than Clinton’s lawyers, which is what they actually want right now. They’d be getting information on Natalia Veselnitskaya. Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer that meet with Trump Jr. at Trump tower, allegedly to hand over dirt on…Hillary Clinton.
Natalia Veselnitskaya, had hired Fusion GPS, before Perkins Coie, the legal firm Clinton used. Veselnitskaya hired Fusions GPS to assist her in lobbying to overturn the Magnitsky Act in congress.
“In addition to working on the Katsyv’ s money laundering defense, Ms. Veselnitskaya also headed the aforementioned lobbying campaign to repeal the Magnitsky Act. She hired a number of lobbyists, public relations executives, lawyers, and investigators to assist her in this task.
Her first step was to set up a fake NGO that would ostensibly promote Russian adoptions, although it quickly became clear that the NGO’s sole purpose was to repeal the Magnitsky Act. This NGO was called the Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation (HRAGI). It was registered as a corporation in Delaware with two employees on February 18, 2016. HRAGI was used to pay Washington lobbyists and other agents for the anti-Magnitsky campaign. (HRAGI now seems to be defunct, with taxes due.)
Veselnitskaya, through Baker Hostetler, hired Glenn Simpson of the firm Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against me and Sergei Magnitsky in advance of congressional hearings on the Global Magnitsky Act. He contacted a number of major newspapers and other publications to spread false information that Sergei Magnitsky was not murdered, was not a whistle-blower, and was instead a criminal.”
Now what do you think the chances are that Fusion GPS didn’t just hire Steele to compile the dossier, what if they also were the ones that directed him to the exact people he needed to talk to gather inside information on Trump?
I’m just guessing here, but that’s starting to look like a possibility. The other thing about opening up the books on Fusion GPS isn’t just the Russian thing, it’s untold information…people and organizations we don’t even know about yet, people that Congress might not be particularly keen on looking into. Who knows? We don’t know what we don’t know : )
As far as the Uranium deal, that’s almost entirely just smoke. Getting at Clinton this way is a monumental waste of time. One positive for the House Republicans is that it is a possibility after they waste countless weeks, possible months on this one, they could find some way to marginally discredit Bob Mueller for his original involvement in this. The whole deal is tangentially related to Tenam corportation, a subsidiary of Rosatom, the company the bought the rights to the Uranium, and a corruption charge they faced under Mueller’s scrutiny. The Deal was able to go through, despite the presence of the corruption charge and many wonder why.
This is the best House Republicans could hope for, and to them, that would be money and time well spent.