Trump pitches 37 percent cut to State Department budget

Image result for state department budget slashingThe Trump administration is proposing a 37 percent spending cut for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), according to multiple reports.

U.S. officials say the suggested decrease would likely require laying off employees, including security contractors at diplomatic facilities overseas, The Associated Press said Tuesday.

The AP said development assistance would likely take the biggest hit, citing officials familiar with the proposal.

The agencies together received $50.1 billion during the current fiscal year, it added, a little more than 1 percent of the total federal budget.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said he would oppose drastic cuts to the State Department. 

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is poised to make a recommendation to President Trump on who he should appoint as regulatory czar, Director Mick Mulvaney said on Monday.

"We've got it down to two candidates, and I think we'll be ready to make a recommendation on that area to the president here probably this week," Mulvaney told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt without naming either candidate.

The appointee would run the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, better known as OIRA, and would report directly to Mulvaney.

OIRA polices the federal agencies to make sure they follow President Trump's regulatory agenda. All major rules must be approved by OIRA before they are published.

During the interview, Mulvaney also vowed to "push the limit" with the Congressional Review Act, which Republicans are using to repeal a number of Obama-era rules.

The Congressional Review Act allows lawmakers to overturn recently published regulations with a simple majority. The catch is lawmakers can only reach back 60 legislative days since the rule was published, which in this case, goes back to June 2016.

However, a regulation is not considered published until the federal agency sends a formal report notifying Congress and the Government Accountability Office. In many cases, these reports were never sent.

Regulatory experts are debating whether Republicans can reach back further than last June to the beginning of the Obama administration.

"We are going to try and look at any ways to legally push the limit on how far back we can go," Mulvaney said.

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Joe Biden Talks To The Dead: – He Worked On Paris Climate Deal With Long-Dead Chinese Leader

Former Vice President Joe Biden mistakenly claimed on Monday that he worked on the Paris Climate Accord with former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping — who died more than 20 years before its signing.

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Joe Biden claimed tonight that he worked with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping on the Paris Climate Accord.

Except the current Chinese President is Xi Jinping.

Deng Xiapoing left office in 1992 and has been dead for 23 years.

Biden made the gaffe while citing his accomplishments in President Barack Obama’s administration.

“One of the things I’m proudest of is getting passed, getting moved, getting in control of the Paris Climate Accord,” Biden said in a speech at the College of Charleston. “I’m the guy who came back after meeting with Deng Xiaoping and making the case that I believe China will join if we put pressure on them. We got almost 200 nations to join.”

Xiaoping served as the leader of China from 1978 until his retirement in 1992, and passed away in 1997. Xi Jinping, China’s current president, came to power 2013 and signed the country onto the 2016 agreement.

In June 2017, President Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the agreement, stating that accord will “undermine the economy” and “puts [the United States] at a permanent disadvantage.”

In addition to the Xiaoping gaffe, Biden bizarrely declared in a campaign speech that he is a “candidate for the United States Senate” and that people could “vote for the other Biden” if they prefer one of his rivals.

“My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over, if you like what you see, help out. If not, vote for the other Biden,” the 77-year-old said at the First in the South Dinner.

Biden’s confusing comments come as Democrat primary candidates are scheduled to debate in Charleston Tuesday evening. The former vice president faces increasing pressure to give a standout performance as his “firewall” in the Palmetto State crumbles in the face of a surging Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The Vermont senator is fresh off a decisive victory in Nevada caucuses on Saturday. Earlier this month, he placed first the New Hampshire primary and won the popular vote in Iowa. In a survey released Monday, the Public Policy Polling outfit said Biden leads South Carolina with 36 percent of support and Sanders is in second at 21 percent.

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