Press Releases

 

Entries in Federal Budget (87)

Tuesday
Aug122014

ALG's Daily Grind - Harry Reid's lame duck strategy on the budget 

6

August 11, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Harry Reid's lame duck strategy on the budget
Floor votes on appropriations mean amendments and riders that turn into tough and potentially, politically embarrassing votes for Senate Democrats. Therefore, rather than govern, Reid refuses to bring any spending bills to the floor under normal order. Better to put off the budget until after the elections.

Walsh out: Republicans poised to pick up Montana
Just a few months back, D.C. Democrats were feeling proud of themselves as they orchestrated the appointment of John Walsh, who was supposed to be able to run as a western populist without any baggage related to Obama's highly unpopular policies. Whoops.

Taylor: Global warming pause puts 'crisis' in perspective|
"[W]hether the global temperature pause continues or not, temperatures have risen much more slowly than United Nations computer model predictions."

Friday
Apr112014

NHDP - Passage Of Koch Budget In House Raises Questions About NH Republican Candidates

Koch Budget Would Place Granite State Families, Women, Seniors, And Students At Risk
 

Concord, N.H.-- Here in New Hampshire, Granite Staters have already begun to see the influence of the Koch brothers self-serving agenda. To date, the Koch brothers have poured over a million dollars into the state to elect representatives who will pass legislation that benefits their bottom line, but leaves the middle class to pay the price. Now, Republicans in Congress are pushing their new budget that is bought and paid for by their billionaire backers. This reckless and irresponsible budget benefits billionaire oil barons and Wall Street banks, while making devastating cuts to programs that affect seniors, women, and students. 

 

"The Koch brothers are propping up Republican candidates here in New Hampshire who will be trustworthy rubber stamps for their agenda, including protecting their tax breaks, weakening consumer protections, cutting women's health services, and turning Medicare into a voucher program," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "The Koch agenda will not help New Hampshire families get ahead, which calls into question whether the Republican candidates that the Kochs are trying to elect through negative advertising will blindly back the Koch budget that current House Republicans just passed with broad support."

 
When Frank Guinta was in Congress, he helped write an early version of the Koch budget and even delivered a speech on the floor of the House calling on Congress to pass it. Guinta's primary opponent Dan Innis also supported this budget calling it, "the right policy." While a state senator, Gary Lambert supported a state budget that cut countless vital New Hampshire programs, much like the Koch budget would. Marilinda Garcia is the Koch brother's shady campaign organization, Americans for Prosperity, hand-picked candidate. 
 

"Republican support for the Koch budget is a clear demonstration that they want to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest rather than create opportunities for middle class New Hampshire families," concluded McClain

 

FACTS: HOW THE KOCH BUDGET HURTS N.H. FAMILIES

 

 

Medicare Part D donut hole

15,535 Granite State seniors that have benefited from the closure of the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole would be affected.

Pell Grants

New Hampshire students will receive $8,700,000 less funding in Pell Grants.
1,560 fewer New Hampshire students will receive Pell Grants.

 

Medicaid

1,877,000,000 in Federal Medicaid funding for the state would be cut over the next decade due to the proposal to block grant Medicaid. In addition, $792 billion more would be cut from Medicaid nationwide due to repeal of the ACA Medicaid expansion.

Title 1

Title I would be unable to support the equivalent of roughly 20 schools and 2,140 disadvantaged students, potentially resulting in 50 fewer teachers and aides with jobs.

IDEA

80 fewer special education teachers, aides and other staff would be supported with federal funding.

Head Start

340 fewer Granite State children would receive Head Start services.

Social Services Block Grant

$7,150,000 less funding would be provided for the Social Services Block Grant.

Child Care Block Grant

140 New Hampshire children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.

Job Training Grants (WIA/ES)

2,900 fewer Granite Staters would receive Training and Employment Services.
10,400 fewer Granite Staters would receive Job Search Assistance.

Housing Choice Vouchers

1,536 fewer low-income families would receive Housing Choice Vouchers.

STOP Violence Against Women
164 fewer victims of domestic violence would be served through the STOP Violence Against Women Program.

Thursday
Apr102014

DNC - Van Hollen to Hold Press Call on IA & NH Impact of Ryan-Koch Budget Plan 

Call Comes as Ryan Campaigns in Iowa and Leading Republicans Court the Kochs in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON, DC—Tomorrow, U.S. House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen will join Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) and a local Cedar Rapids, Iowa, resident to discuss how the Ryan-Koch budget gives tax breaks to the wealthiest while at the same time raises taxes on middle-class families in Iowa and New Hampshire by an average of $2,000. On Friday, Paul Ryan will keynote a fundraiser in Cedar Rapids for the Iowa GOP and a host of potential Republican presidential candidates including Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz will court the Koch brothers’ AFP at an event in New Hampshire on Saturday.

·         In Iowa and New Hampshire, more than 60,000 seniors benefited from the closure of the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole in 2013 alone and at least that many likely would have to pay more for their needed medications in future years.

·         In Iowa and New Hampshire, nearly 17,000 fewer students would receive Pell Grants to help them pay for college.

·         In Iowa and New Hampshire, 1,650 fewer children would receive Head Start services.

·         In Iowa and New Hampshire, nearly 35,000 people would lose job search assistance.

·         In Iowa and New Hampshire, 765 fewer victims of domestic violence would be served through the STOP Violence Against Women Program.

 

WHO:                    U.S. House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

                              Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.)

                              Cedar Rapids, Iowa, resident Norm Sterzenbach

 

WHEN:                  Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11AM EST / 10AM CST

Sunday
Mar092014

Heritage - The Foundry's Top 5: GUIDE TO OBAMA'S BUDGET, IN 1 PICTURE

Friday
Mar072014

ALG's Daily Grind - How come only 7 Senate Democrats voted no on cop killer defender Adegbile? 

6

March 6, 2014

How come only 7 Senate Democrats voted no on cop killer defender Adegbile?
If Reid had known that the Debo Adegbile nomination was going to fail, he might have advised Mark Begich of Alaska, Al Franken of Minnesota, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Jon Tester of Montana, and Mark Udall of Colorado that they were being asked to catch a live buzz saw.

Obama's fantasy budget
President Obama's 2015 budget shows that his domestic policy is every bit as grounded in reality as his foreign policy, which The Washington Post declared this weekend to be "based on fantasy."

Sekulow: Four questions Lois Lerner must answer about IRS scandal
"It's been 10 months of stonewalling. Lois Lerner has since retired from the IRS with a full taxpayer funded pension. She owes the American people the truth, and answers to the following questions would be an excellent start."