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Trump’s Budget: Billions in Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, Billions in Health and Education Cuts for the Rest of Us, and Billions for His Stupid Border Wall

“It’s race-baiting in the service of plutocracy.” Yesterday, President Trump released his budget request for 2021 and beyond. It extends tax cuts for the wealthy, dramatically increases immigration enforcement funding, and cuts health care, retirement security, education, housing, environmental protections, safety net services and more.  The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director … Continue reading »

What is Trump’s National Emergency? And Why is it Taking Billions Away from Our States?

Originally published January 8, 2019; last updated September 22, 2019 *** IF YOU OPPOSE TRUMP’S BORDER WALL, CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AT (202) 224-3121 AND TELL THEM NO WALL *** In February, Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to appropriate money for his border wall. This national emergency is now allowing him to … Continue reading »

Trump Administration Planning to Strip Billions More in Military Funding For Trump’s 2020 Wall

In a new piece for the Washington Post, Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey report on the Trump administration’s latest plan to divert more than $18 billion in military funding to pay for 500 miles in border wall by the 2020 elections. The report comes only weeks after the administration stripped $3.6 billion from 127 approved … Continue reading »

Trump: Who is Going to Pay for the Wall? European Allies are Going to Pay for the Wall! 

Just the Latest Outrageous Idea of How A “Lawless President Funds His Wall” In response to the public outrage that the Trump administration is raiding $3.6 billion from 127 military construction projects for the sake of a campaign promise, the administration is now proposing that Europe picks up the tab. No, not the Onion. As … Continue reading »

The GOP Senators Who Helped Trump Raid Projects From Their Own States and Face Voters in 2020

Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senators McSally, Gardner, Tillis, Graham, and Cornyn Take Well-deserved Heat   The Trump administration may be taking heat for their decision to raid $3.6 billion from 127 approved and appropriated military construction projects in favor of Trump’s border wall obsession, but the people getting singed by fire are his GOP … Continue reading »

As Trump Rages – Devastating Military Preparedness and Disaster Relief Resources – Hurricane Dorian Threatens East Coast

GOP Trying to Weather Trump’s Diversion of Resources as Storm Puts Americans in Harm’s Way Hurricane Dorian poses a real threat to American communities, but according to our President the biggest threat facing America are families and children seeking asylum at our Southern Border. Therefore, President Trump has diverted funds away from FEMA, the Coast … Continue reading »

As Hurricane Approaches, Trump Diverts Emergency Funds to Incarcerate Kids and Families

On the eve of Hurricane Dorian’s touchdown in Puerto Rico and potentially Florida, Trump is hellbent on circumventing Congress to endanger more lives, transferring $271 million from FEMA, TSA, and the Coast Guard to accelerate his mass detention and deportation policies and threaten the lives and safety of Americans.  According to Douglas Rivlin, Communications Director … Continue reading »

Policy Experts, Advocates Discuss DHS Transfer of $271 Million to Pay for More Trump Immigrant Detention

A recording of the call is available here.  Earlier today, policy experts and advocates discussed the newly-revealed transfer of $271 million from top-priorities such as disaster relief to pay for tremendous overspending on mass immigrant detention and funding of the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) – a striking 40 percent increase from what Congress approved for fiscal year … Continue reading »

More Failed Policy in Trump’s Emergency Funding Request

We Need Common Sense and Humane Solutions Yesterday, the Trump administration submitted to Congress an emergency spending request for more than a billion dollars for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), even though DHS received record funding through the regular appropriations process just three months ago. The President’s own fact sheet suggests this request is … Continue reading »

Great Big Wolf of Border Supplemental Budget Request is Dressed in Lamb’s Clothing of “Humanitarian Aid”

Don’t Let Trump Pull The Wool Over Your Eyes The $4.5 billion supplemental budget request tells you a great deal about what Donald Trump is getting wrong about the surge of migrants seeking asylum at our southern border.  While the administration is pretending to be concerned about plight of the children and families and casting … Continue reading »