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house Bill H.R. 4894

Should Federal Agencies’ Congressional Budget Justifications be Publicly Available in a Standard, Centralized Format?

Argument in favor

Taxpayers have a right to know how federal agencies are using their dollars. Requiring federal agencies to publish their budget justifications would empower the public to find this information. Although Congress and the Office of Management and Budget are urging agencies to publish budget justifications and a site contains some of them, these efforts haven’t been successful due to lacking the force of law; this legislation would rectify that problem.

Leslie's Opinion
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last Monday
Agree Congress should make all budget justifications available in the public domain. Should include sponsors, cost/benefit justifications, vote for/against and large campaign contributors of those voting for it. The US public should be able to review all the fingerprints on each budget justification.
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jimK's Opinion
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last Tuesday
Getting clear, concise overview reporting of Agency budget requests will be difficult to attain without congressional enforcement of it’s own related legislation to be clear and concise, with clear objectives and strategic imperatives. Congressional legislation suffers greatly by the availability of word processors and our litigious society’s dependence on overly detailed legislation instead of concise and carefully worded legislation with a clear strategic imperative, high level requirements and a clear statement of the legislations intent. This form of legislation is easier to understand and harder to use for hidden ‘gotchas’ buried in a footnote of sub paragraph 3 on page 1283. Also, this form of legislation is harder to use as an advertisement for one thing by it’s title, while the actual legislated details do the exact opposite (beware of the details of any trumpublican legislation with a good sounding title- just like the trumpublican party, it is not what they say, it is what they do; the devil is often hidden in the details. This is the kind of legislation or our forebears and all legislation before the invention of word processors - now requiring thousand page bills to rename a section of highway. This kind of legislation is dependent upon all three branches of government actually doing their jobs instead of relying upon pages and pages of detailed prescriptive rules generally drafted by staffers and never carefully read. Legislation in the fifties and sixties was like this and congressional oversight along with the power of the purse was the tool to enforce compliance along with judges capable of interpreting and ruling on the stated intent of the legislation without needing to rely upon a prescriptive check list. … … … So, making Agencies justify their requests based upon strategic imperatives, legislated intent and realistic accounting can be an effective tool provided that the Congress provides effective legislation that allows this reporting to inform the public In a consistent manner, allows further discussion of details when necessary, gets our Congress back to dealing with big issues that affect our county’s future in a consistent manner without having to resort to page after page of ‘administrivia’ detail, and gives more Congressional time to actually deliberate legislation or to provide focused oversight to assure that the legislated intent is being followed by agencies and if the legislation may need revision.
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AmyTSpain's Opinion
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last Tuesday
The People must be able to examine all budgets for all agencies. The only way to stop grift is to become much more transparent.
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Argument opposed

Congress and the Office of Management and Budget already encourage the publication of budget justifications, so this legislation isn’t needed to encourage the publication of congressional budget justifications on agency sites. Additionally, usaspending.gov already hosts slime agencies’ budget requests, so there’s no need for this legislation to establish a new central site.

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last Tuesday
This bill is sponsored by a democrat. More house garbage to pile up on 'Merica Mitch's desk
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Tess's Opinion
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last Tuesday
This is just another obfuscation. The yahoos in Washington have far more pressing issues to be working on. They point their fingers at other entities to distract us from the clear fact that they are not doong their jobs. PA Rep Fred Keller is prancing around his district visiting "small businesses" while completely ignoring them and their employeees when back in Washington. When are we going to rid ourselves of these fools who work for adulation rather than work at all? Let's clean them out. It matters less who occupies the White House and more who we send to Congress. If the President is an imbecile, they do nothing. If the President is competent, they fight against him/her. Both parties. If we behaved the way they do, we would be fired. After decades of misappropriations and dereliction of duty-let's clean house.
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Ronald's Opinion
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last Tuesday
Another Big Government boondoggle disgned to keep Federeal Employees rich, or make them richer.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed September 14th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 402 Yea / 1 Nay
    IntroducedOctober 29th, 2019

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Bill Activity

  • Calendars
    Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 533.
  • Floor
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • Floor
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 402 - 1 (Roll no. 183).
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • Floor
    At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4894.
  • Floor
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • Floor
    Mrs. Maloney, Carolyn B. moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • Floor
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 402 - 1 (Roll no. 183). (text: CR H4348-4349)
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H4369-4370)
  • Floor
    Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H4348-4350)
  • Committee
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
  • Committee
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • IntroReferral
    Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed September 14th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 402 Yea / 1 Nay
    IntroducedOctober 29th, 2019

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    Agree Congress should make all budget justifications available in the public domain. Should include sponsors, cost/benefit justifications, vote for/against and large campaign contributors of those voting for it. The US public should be able to review all the fingerprints on each budget justification.
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    This bill is sponsored by a democrat. More house garbage to pile up on 'Merica Mitch's desk
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    Getting clear, concise overview reporting of Agency budget requests will be difficult to attain without congressional enforcement of it’s own related legislation to be clear and concise, with clear objectives and strategic imperatives. Congressional legislation suffers greatly by the availability of word processors and our litigious society’s dependence on overly detailed legislation instead of concise and carefully worded legislation with a clear strategic imperative, high level requirements and a clear statement of the legislations intent. This form of legislation is easier to understand and harder to use for hidden ‘gotchas’ buried in a footnote of sub paragraph 3 on page 1283. Also, this form of legislation is harder to use as an advertisement for one thing by it’s title, while the actual legislated details do the exact opposite (beware of the details of any trumpublican legislation with a good sounding title- just like the trumpublican party, it is not what they say, it is what they do; the devil is often hidden in the details. This is the kind of legislation or our forebears and all legislation before the invention of word processors - now requiring thousand page bills to rename a section of highway. This kind of legislation is dependent upon all three branches of government actually doing their jobs instead of relying upon pages and pages of detailed prescriptive rules generally drafted by staffers and never carefully read. Legislation in the fifties and sixties was like this and congressional oversight along with the power of the purse was the tool to enforce compliance along with judges capable of interpreting and ruling on the stated intent of the legislation without needing to rely upon a prescriptive check list. … … … So, making Agencies justify their requests based upon strategic imperatives, legislated intent and realistic accounting can be an effective tool provided that the Congress provides effective legislation that allows this reporting to inform the public In a consistent manner, allows further discussion of details when necessary, gets our Congress back to dealing with big issues that affect our county’s future in a consistent manner without having to resort to page after page of ‘administrivia’ detail, and gives more Congressional time to actually deliberate legislation or to provide focused oversight to assure that the legislated intent is being followed by agencies and if the legislation may need revision.
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    The People must be able to examine all budgets for all agencies. The only way to stop grift is to become much more transparent.
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Believe me.” He has visited his properties more than 270 times and neither the trump organization or the WH will release how much of tax payers money has been spent on these trips.................... The post office removes sorting machines every year. 2018 - 125 machines. 2019 - 186 machines. DeJoy during an election year and pandemic has removed 671. This is intentional....................... Remember William Barr, two months ago tried to oust Geoffrey Berman the US attorney who refused to step down and was fired by tump, was investigating Bannon as well as Giuliani at that time................ Bannon' is the sixth person with ties to the top of Trump's 2016 campaign who's faced federal charges................. QAnon was flagged by the FBI last year as a potential domestic terrorist threat because of violence perpetrated by the group................. trump supporters on Capitol Hill, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), have reportedly accepted material from Russian-tied sources to discredit [Biden].”............................. The republican led Senate Intelligence Committee just said That trump campaign members’ contacts with Russians were deeper and more substantial than we knew — and we may never know the whole truth.................. A top campaign official with Trump in 2016 (Manafort) was so willing to share information with Russians that it represented a “grave counterintelligence threat” to America at a time when Russia was actively trying to interfere in the U.S. election.................. Republican and Democratic chairmen of the Senate Intelligence Committee notified federal prosecutors last year that Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Bannon, Sam Clovis and private security contractor Erik Prince lied to congressional investigators about their Russian connections................. trump continues to put in place his loyalists regardless of the fact the republican held senate wouldn’t even t confirm him............... “On Sunday night, the Pentagon announced that Tata has withdrawn and, instead, has been “designated as the official performing the duties of the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy.”That circumvents Congress.”................... trumps lap dog is gutting the United States post office. Making changes that has slowed down the mail most notably in swing states.................. This administration is using DHS to collect and compile information on United States citizens with no affiliation with terrorist organizations. These Americans are peaceful protesters and journalists. This is not what DHS was created for................ One of the lessons learned from the 1918 Flue Pandemic was that social distancing works. It was called ‘crowding control’ then but they learned that lesson the hard way. We find ourselves learning the same lesson again the hard way. Due to failed leadership from the Republican Party all the way up to the president. Who all downplayed the virus, suggested horrible ideas (disinfectant) and turned wearing, what every frontline worker needs to stay safe, into a political statement.................. When asked about Ghislaine Maxwell this is what trump said, “I just wish her well, frankly. I’ve met her numerous times over the years especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is.” He has also said that Epstein was a terrific guy and likes them young. Oh and don’t forget, I grab them by the pussy because I can......................... One of Snyder’s lessons in his book, Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century was, “Be wary of paramilitaries.” He wrote, “When the pro-leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the end has come.” In 2017, the idea of unidentified agents in camouflage snatching leftists off the streets without warrants might have seemed like a febrile Resistance fantasy. Now it’s happening. Snyder pointed out that the history of autocracy offers several examples of border agents being used against regime enemies. “This is a classic way that violence happens in authoritarian regimes, whether it’s Franco’s Spain or whether it’s the Russian Empire,” said Snyder. “The people who are getting used to committing violence on the border are then brought in to commit violence against people in the interior.” trump pretends like he has the virus under control and it’s all but gone. Yet he blamed Dems for a hoax, China after he praised their response, WHO just because and now Fauci. We lead the world in cases and it’s getting worse. Meanwhile trumps playing golf, throwing rally’s and pardoning convicted felons for their silence. More than 30,000 deaths could be avoided by October if 95% of Americans wear face masks in public spaces, and states could move ahead with reopening their economies more safely. The American passport has dropped to 25th place in the World Ranking. It used to be the gold standard in travel across the globe. trump is going to force our children back to school, disregarding CDC guidelines. We are seeing what happens when you rush reopening before states met the guidelines. Let. Col. Vindman retires due to bullying from the trump administration. Every nation gets the government it deserves. - Joseph de Maistre - Just like the first 3 months of the pandemic, trump and cohorts continue to tell us they are doing a great job as the numbers break every record made from back in April. The trump administration is sitting on 14 billion in Corona virus funding at the same time they are closing 14 testing sites. 7 of which are in hard hit Texas and everybody said he was joking when he said he wants to cut testing because the numbers are to high. Russia has targeted coalition forces in Afghanistan. Offering bounties to those who would attack American troops. Our intelligence has known for a few months which means if trump read his security reports. He knows to. “I was also told that the acting U.S. Attorney was giving Stone such unprecedentedly favorable treatment because he was ‘afraid of the President.’ ” Aaron Zelinsky, one of four prosecutors who withdrew from the Roger Stone case because of extraordinary interference from the justice department. U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman fired. I don’t guess I need to go into detail about how trump hates law and order as it pertains to himself. trump asked president Xi for help in the 2020 election. Bolton says he was so alarmed by Trump’s determination to do favors for autocrats such as Erdogan and Xi that he scheduled a meeting with William P. Barr in 2019. More than half of all federal civilian law enforcement right now is being led by temporary acting officials, everything from ICE and CBP to DEA. (That calculation doesn’t even count the thousands of special agents in inspectors general offices that have recently seen an administrationwide purge of the government’s watchdogs.) The Bureau of Prisons was being overseen by an acting director last summer when Jeffrey Epstein managed to commit suicide while supposedly under strict monitoring. The DEA, with its special temporary powers for the protests, is currently led by an acting administrator who has been on the job for just days. Law enforcement agents seized hundreds of face masks that read “Stop killing black people” and “Defund Police” that a Black Lives Matter-affiliated organization had sent from Oakland, Calif, to cities including Washington, St. Louis and Minneapolis. It’s not clear what law enforcement entity seized the masks or what they're citing as a legal justification for doing so. Current and former U.S. intelligence officials express dismay at the parallels between events at home and the signs of decline or democratic regression they were trained to detect in other nations. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) revealed Tuesday that she rejected an effort by the White House to take control of her police force. “The unprecedented request sent District leaders scrambling to head off what they regarded as tantamount to a government overthrow, The use of such aggressive force startled some veteran former officers of the Secret Service and other federal agencies, because it appeared to be rushed and unprovoked by protesters. trump used out of state officers under the false pretense of mutual aid, to clear out peaceful protesters 30 minutes before curfew started for a fucking photo op. They removed a priest from the church, shot kids with rubber bullets just to hold up a bible in front of a church he wasn’t invited to. Deplorable Black Lives Matter! If you only raise your voice to criticize the reaction instead of the cause. Your part of the problem. trumps language, “thugs, when the looting starts the shooting starts” is directly taken from racist of our not to distant past. He chooses these words intentionally. It’s not the first time. Please if you doubt me, research it and learn. Wuhan tested 9 million people in 10 days. So we know it’s possible. trump spent Memorial Day weekend playing golf and tweeting lies about a deceased woman. As we pass 100,000 American deaths due to the pandemic and on a day we should be remembering those who have fallen protecting this country. trump disgraced the position he holds, the country he serves and the people who have died defending it. 36,000 Americans could have been saved if social distancing would have been put in place just a week earlier. Imagine what we could have done as a country if we had done something, anything in January. trump said Linick’s removal would be effective in ‘30 days,’ giving him time to wind down his investigations. But Linick has since been told that he is physically barred from returning to the State Department even to collect his belongings, complicating his ability to finish his work. This is where we are at in Florida: Late last Friday, the architect and manager of Florida's COVID-19 dashboard — praised by White House officials for its accessibility — announced that she had been removed from her post, causing outcry from independent researchers now worried about government censorship. Same late night firing pattern as trump has: trump continues to fire inspector generals as if every level of our government isn’t subject to over site and transparency. Nebraska has stopped reporting confirmed cases in our meat packing plants. Here in Florida the medical examiners were releasing coronavirus death data to the public. As they have in every health emergency since 1992 but the state has just made them stop. FL did not meet trumps own guidelines for reopening but here we are. More than a dozen times trump and his administration was warned about the threat of covid throughout January and February. Warned of the death toll, warned of the economic fall out and warned about China lying about the virus. All while trump himself praised China’s job dealing with the virus, said our economy was fine and told us not to worry he had it under control. trump couldn’t be bothered to use the Defense Production Act to prepare for this crisis but he will use it now to force workers back to the factories that had unsafe working conditions in order to handle and process our food. “Why did Maryland have to go to South Korea to get 500,000 tests”. The chances of a second wave are real likely especially since we still can’t test and trace cases like we need to in order to even try to get back to normal. States opening in spite of not meeting the recommended guidelines won’t help any either and then we still have to deal with all this: Vaccine expert Rick Bright is filing a whistleblower complaint, his attorneys said Thursday. Bright said he was ousted as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority because he resisted efforts to join President Trump in pushing hydroxychloroquine as a potential covid-19 cure. A preliminary study, which has not been peer reviewed, was posted that indicated hydroxychloroquine had no benefit in patients and was associated with higher rates of death. Nancy Messonnier, the CDC’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, was removed from her post as her agency’s coronavirus response chief after saying publicly on Feb. 25 that Americans should begin preparing for “significant disruption” to their daily lives from this “severe illness.” trumps good old go to distractions: blaming immigrants for our woes and threatening war. All to distract from his epic failure of a response to the pandemic. WHO gave the U.S. real time live updates on the spread of covid right from the start of the outbreak. We have employees of the CDC that do a rotation with WHO. trump continues to repeat claims that their are beds, ventilators and tests for anyone who wants or needs them. That is not true, state after state still have not been able to get enough supplies having to compete against other states and sometimes being out bid by the federal government. trump stopped federal testing after making a bad deal and once again has left the country to fend for themselves. What the fuck did we elect the guy who said he alone can fix it for. But hey we do have the highest death toll now in the world, so winning I guess. Didn’t take long for trump to remove the inspector general who was to oversee the $2 trillion stimulus spending. trumps son in-law announced in a press conference that the national stock pile of emergency equipment and supplies is not meant for the states but for them. Within a day the official government webpage for the Strategic National Stockpile was changed to match his language. trump bragged about his press conference ratings and blamed nurses and doctors for steeling masks during a covid-19 public update. So with tests not working, not getting to the right places and no respirators. Don’t worry his ratings are great. trump’s administration has been withholding a Threat Assessment Report from Congress since Feb. 12 that warns the U.S. is unprepared for a pandemic. Against all advice trump continues to claim we will be back to normal soon and apparently now we are sacrificing our grandparents for the sake of the stock market. Here in the U.S. trump tells states to fend for themselves when it comes to medical supplies at the same time he writes a letter to North Korea offering them help. WTF U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely coronavirus pandemic. In briefing notes trump crosses out corona and writes in Chines virus. He’s making this an us vs them (racist) issue. trump claimed Democrats were using the virus as “their new hoax,” downplayed the danger, repeatedly contradicted public health experts and spread falsehoods, such as saying the virus will go away when it gets warmer. Two weeks ago, Trump said the virus was “very much under control” and that the number of people infected was “going very substantially down, not up.” Soon, he declared on Feb. 26, the total number of cases will be “close to zero.” Stock market at a 12 year low and layoffs due to the Corona virus are just starting. Officials say the response by the White House to the Corona virus has been complete chaos. If you think Pence knows what he’s doing when it comes to the Corona virus take a look at how he handled the HIV outbreak in his state. The White House got rid of its top official leading the government response to a global pandemic and essentially folded up his office. This means no senior administration official is now focused solely on global health security. This year the White House proposed a budget that cuts money from the very health agencies that will be dealing with the coronavirus. The U.S. Justice Department moved Monday to drop its two-year-long prosecution of a Russian company charged with orchestrating a social media campaign to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The stunning reversal came weeks before the case was to go to trial. Judge cites Barr’s ‘misleading’ statements in ordering review of Mueller report redactions. Iran has almost tripled their stock pile of low-enriched uranium and have blocked access to possible nuclear related sites all since trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Why did the state department hold up the visa of a renowned German professor who was scheduled to teach a class on the rise of far right extremism. A senior intelligence official has warned law makers Russia wants and will likely help trump win re-election. We only know this because trump demoted him for it. Now that trump can do what ever, check out the list of criminal friends he has been pardoning or releasing early from prison. Like former Illinois governor who was found guilty of pay to play politics and former New York police commissioner who was being charged with tax fraud. As well as the former owner of the 49ers who’s state he wants to win this year. Federal judges have called an emergency meeting after Roger Stone case intervention. More than a thousand ex-justice department officials have called for Barr’s resignation and have called for staff attorneys to resist interference. trump has again interfered in a criminal case having Barr reduce the sentence of trumps co-conspirator Roger Stone, who was found guilty of lying to Congress and witness tampering. trump is running out of friends who aren’t in jail, being prosecuted or pleading guilty. $650 a night at Mara Lago and $17,000 a month at Bedminster is what the tax payers are being charged by trump for the secret service to stay at his resorts. We now live in trumps world where you are punished for speaking out against what is wrong, trump has removed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his brother, as well as Gordon Sondland. 75% of Americans think there should have been witnesses and FOXs own poll shows half of Americans think he should be convicted and removed. 24 emails show trumps thoughts on withholding Ukraine aid and the Justice Department is refusing to release them unredacted. A congressional budget office says our deficit will surpass $1 trillion this year in part because of trumps 2017 tax cuts and increased government spending. trump told Bolton to withhold Ukrainian aid until they announced an investigation against his political rival. trump has rolled back parts of the Clean Water Act that would directly benefit real estate developers. Shit water for us, big buildings for him. trump has made it easier for our kids to eat junk foods at school instead of healthy alternatives because he is petty and does not care at all when it comes to our children. Marie Yovanovitch a U.S. ambassador was followed, threatened and then fired all at the direction of or directly by our president in exchange for dirt on a political rival from a Ukrainian prosecutor who didn’t like her because of her support for anti corruption groups. Russian spies hacked into Ukrainian gas company behind trumps conspiracies, again entangling Moscow in our politics. trump is trying to divert another $7.2 billion in pentagon funds for a wall that no one wants and wouldn’t work. Accused Obama of being week, pathetic and a bad negotiator so he was going to start a war with Iran in order to win re election. So much for bringing the troops home. 90 minutes after phone call with Ukraine president aid was withheld. Christianity Today now says trump should be removed from office. White House officials feared Putin influenced trumps views on Ukraine. trump, “I new it was Ukraine because Putin told me.” trumps inspector general report says FBI had authorized purpose to investigate trump campaign Russian ties. Three constitutional scholars have stated trump has committed, what is clearly spelled out in the Constitution of the United States, impeachable offenses. Attorney General Barr’s handpicked prosecutor says there is no evidence that supports Russia investigation was a setup or hoax. Why was bipartisan approved military aid to Lebanon held up for months by White House.(Jared Kushner has a lot of ties to that part of the world) Giuliani in talks to be paid by Ukraine official, while they were working together to attack trumps political opponent. Donald McGhan ordered to comply with subpoena. Bolton’s next:) Devin Nunez met with Ukrainians and directly pushed for Biden investigations. The meetings were set up by Giuliani’s Russian criminal friend Lev Parnas. Sondland was on a “Domestic Political Errand.” Was there a quid pro quo? Sondland, “Yes, Everyone was in the loop”. David Holmes, testified that Ukrainian officials “came to understand what was required” in order to get military assistance and a meeting with trump. U.S. ambassador to Ukraine felt threatened by trumps remarks and was threatened by trump while testifying. Long time friend and confidant of trump Roger Stone, found guilty of lying and witness tampering. trump has asked the Supreme Court to keep his taxes hidden. So, no more separation of powers in the government? trump sought status of Ukraine investigations showing aid was depended on the investigations themselves. trump complains that witnesses all speak from 2nd and 3rd hand knowledge yet ordered Mulvaney not to testify. Laura Cooper testified that the Pentagon sought clarification from the trump administration about the hold up of the Ukraine aide and received none. A second person has said they reported sexual misconduct involving a former doctor who’s been accused of sexually abusing nearly 300 men over a 17-year period to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his staff felt they would not get the millions of dollars in aid money without publicly committing to launch the investigations Trump wanted. Senior trump administration officials considered resigning en masse in a ‘midnight self massacre’. State Department official says Giuliani was engaged in a campaign ‘full of lies and incorrect information’ about former ambassador. trump has issued pardons for two soldiers being tried for war crimes and returned rank to a soldier who took a selfie with a dead body. trump to pay $2 million for charity foundation misuse. trump wanted attorney general Barr to hold a news conference saying the president broke no laws on Ukraine call. White House official who heard trumps call with Ukraine president was told to keep quite. White House lawyer moved transcript of trump call to classified server after Ukraine adviser raised alarms. He has politicized our national security and has chosen Putin and other dictators over our own congress and security agencies. “I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push,” Vindman adds. Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council is testifying that trump demanded that a foreign government investigate an American citizen in exchange for Congresses approved aide. Just reached a $984 billion deficit while he lines his pockets with our tax dollars and foreign money at his resorts. $400 million in aide money was withheld from Ukraine back in August and Ukrainian leaders were told it was not red tape, that they needed to talk to Chief of Staff Mulvaney to resolve it and make a CNN statement about Biden in order to receive said aide. Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is running a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvents U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit President trump. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. Look them up. North Korea just tested a submarine launched missile. Deserted our Kurdish allies who have been fighting ISIS with us and now are being slaughtered. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. “The Americans betrayed us. We do not trust them anymore,” she added. These used to be our Kurdish allies that stood against ISIS. He is refusing to comply with the law. He is using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. He is acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. He is blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. He has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. He invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. He is a #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. He has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. He took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. He has privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. He is pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. He took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. He thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. He is host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Again our tax dollars paying him directly. He taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. He was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. This year the richest of us payed less in taxes than the rest of us. He is destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). He made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. He bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. He is refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. He is attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. He thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. He has: Obstructed Justice. Is profiting from the Presidency. Colluded - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocated political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a criminal investigation of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    I can justify Haagen Das ice cream every hour but not on taxpayers money. It’s time to see what the government thinks is acceptable and if that differs from the public.
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    By all means yes. Taxpayers have a right to know how federal agencies are using their dollars. Requiring federal agencies to publish their budget justifications would empower the public to find this information. Although Congress and the Office of Management and Budget are urging agencies to publish budget justifications and a site contains some of them, these efforts haven’t been successful due to lacking the force of law; this legislation would rectify that pr, yes. SneakyPete
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    Yes, fiscal responsibility by all federal agencies is important. These are tax payer dollars funding these agencies and there needs to be much more transparency and accountability.
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    Yes. Encouraging & urging hasn’t worked. Make it a law. It’s taxpayers’ money.
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    ABSOLUTELY!! Not only should the justifications be available, line by line as well as generally, but also the assumptions and data upon which those justifications are based. Automatic rollovers plus inflation has long been used to bloat budgets. Non-data driven political assumptions also bloat the budget. Budgets are a statement of values. If we are to trust our government to act in our best interest as a nation, and not just for a privileged few, providing the data needed that underlies and drives the justifications for recommended expenditures would be readily available in a standardized format.
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    The more public our lawmakers make things the less distrust we will have.
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    Good government is transparent. Forcing all agencies to be transparent about how and why they are spending federal funds will be better for us all, so that we can be informed about how each agency is using our taxpayer dollars. I hope this applies to the Department of Defense, which is the least transparent and most wasteful of all agencies.
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    We as Taxpayers deserve to know how our tax dollars are being spent and why they are being spent the way they are. There are too many riders in all bills that provide pork to things that have nothing to do with the bill it is a rider on. It’s time we the people say enough is enough.
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    Those that pay the bills must know where the money is spent.
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    Transparency is vital in government. We will not have it in any way if Donald Trump wins.
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    More transparency period. Our government is so used to getting away with everything, they forget they work for us.
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    Yes, all info should be in laymen’s terms to be understood by the public. The public should be able to access and understand information. The government works for us!!
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    Well, it should be transparent and the public should know and be able to find out easily.
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    We all have a right to know where every cent of our tax dollars are being spent, and it is my opinion that if Congress and the Office of Management and Budget are not showing me where all of my tax dollars are going and why, they are participating in extortion and support taxation without representation.
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    WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHERE OUR TAX DOLLARS GO,,,,,,,,,,,, REPUBLICAN SENATE HAS CONTROL,,,,,,, I WAS RAISED REPUBLICAN I KNOW THE PARTY WELL,,,,,,,,,,,, GOP / RICH PAY LITTLE TO NOTHING IN TAXES ,,,,,,,,, ASK,,,,,,, TRUMP,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, WE PAY TAXES FOR ,,,,, WELFARE,,,,,, NEEDS,,,,,,, ELDERLY ,,,,,, POOR ,,,,,,,,HEALTHCARE ,,,,,,,,,, ROADS BRIDGES,,,,,,, EVERYTHING THEY LIE AND CALL FREE STUFF IS PAID FOR,,,,,,,,,, THEN IT IS STOLE THEIR VACATIONS ABORTIONS FOR THEIR GIRLFRIENDS ,,,,,,,,,, THEIR WANTS,,,,,,, THIS IS NOT THEIR MONEY IT IS OURS,,,,,, TRUMPS GOLFING,,,,,,,, TRUMP STEALING OUR TAXES TO PAY HIMSELF TO BE AT HIS OWN RESORTS ,,,,,,,, HIS KIDS STEAL FROM US,,,,,,,, THEN YOU WANT US TO VOTE FOR YOU GOP,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, THINK IT OVER,,,
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