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    N E W S to YOU with John Blythe —S1.E2.(PART 1)— BLYTHE: Good evening, America, and welcome back to News to You. Last week, we watched Mr. Declan James’s clumsy ascension to the United States Presidency following the unexpected death of President Tillman. As the Attorney General elicited national criticism by challenging the bipartisan Balanced Budget Amendment, President James and now-Vice President Magnuson worked in private on a proposed budget—right up until the deadline. This proposed, trillion dollar budget was immediately shot down, opening the door to the first government shutdown of this President. Dean Latimer, NTY’s Senior Congressional Correspondent, and Lydia Pool, Federal Agencies Correspondent, are here to talk more about the budget crisis. Dean, what will the Shutdown look like; and how will Congress resolve it? LATIMER: Thanks, John. Even though President James’s late budget was not approved, Senate Republicans did manage to quickly introduce and pass a temporary funding resolution. This resolution—Majority Leader Pinnacle’s Continuing Appropriations Act of 2021—funds government agencies for a variable number of months. Per the CAA, the Defense Department is allocated $400 billion (over 60% of their requested funding for Fiscal Year 2022) to stay open; however, the Interior and Treasury Departments received 3% and 10% of their requested funding for the year, respectively. Interestingly, the Department of Justice—which has faced bipartisan criticism for its ridiculous challenge against the BBA—was allocated 34% of their requested funding for the year. POOL: It is important to acknowledge, Dean, that the CCA doesn’t fund all federal agencies and activities. DOJ, for example, was “funded,” but 90% of their temporary budget is reserved for federal law enforcement and U.S. Attorneys; and the DOJ is not permitted to spend more than $100,000 on civil suits with low monetary returns. This may significantly hamper the new Attorney General’s ability to fight the BBA in court over the next few months. BLYTHE: Congress also cut the CFPB, right? POOL: Ah, yes. As Republicans have made clear in previous debates, before the defeat of the CFPB Repeal Bill, that the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is a harm to the American economy. Knowing this, it’s fitting that they completely cut funding to the CFPB in their continuing appropriations. This means that one of D.C.’s most powerful and overreaching agencies is temporarily closed for business: Republicans are pleased. LATIMER: CFPB could even be closed down permanently, depending on what Congressional Leaders decide to cut or reduce as they craft a better budget plan. Sources tell me that these budget meetings haven’t yet started but are expected to be public, and soon. BLYTHE: Well lets hope they end this partial shutdown as quick as possible. The “hashtag, James Magnuson shutdown” has put this Administration at a very bad start that could be impossible to recover from for the Democrats. We need to take a break, but when we return: a profile on Alabama native, former Senate Democratic Leader, and Vice President of the United States of America, Webb Magnuson. Stay tuned.
  2. I’m glad that the Democrats came on board with the Majority’s Joint Resolution to end the Shutdown. I applaud you for learning from your mistakes, Senator. Let’s get to work on a more responsible budget.
  3. Mr. President, Congratulations on your new role. I move to pass this bill by unanimous consent, and yield.
  4. #SenateGOP recently introduced the Continuing Appropriations Act to keep our government open for a few more months. See my comments here »
  5. Mr. President, As predicted, Democrats’ backroom discussions and deadline shortcomings will lead to a temporary government shutdown. Although I’m thankful to the Minority Leader for acknowledging faults in the Administration’s secret budget crafting process, that’s not enough for federal workers who need money to feed their families. That’s not enough for our military and veterans, as we recently heard from Defense Secretary Shawshank. While Senate Republicans are upset by the Shutdown, we aren’t surprised. The GOP’s Continuing Appropriations Act of 2021 adequately funds the U.S. government for at least 4 more months, during which time I would encourage executive agencies to identify where they can make appropriate spending cuts. This isn’t about magically balancing arbitrary numbers: it’s about working to ensure America is in a better place in 4 years than it is today. I look forward to the speedy passage of the Continuing Appropriations resolution, and pray for this Administration’s preparedness to permanently keep our government open. I yield.
  6. Troubled by the partisanship being displayed by the Secretary of Defense on his official Twitter. (1/2) The GOP Majority is prepared to control the #JamesMagnusonShutdown by passing the Continuing Appropriations Act, which sufficiently funds DOD & DHS. (2/2)
  7. I’m glad to see the Administration taking responsibility in advance of the #JamesMagnusonShutdown. We need to finally work together to craft a good budget; and immediately pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act!
  8. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES Mr. Pinnacle (for himself), introduced the following A JOINT RESOLUTION Making continuing appropriations for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2022. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. Short Title. This Act may be cited as the “Continuing Appropriations Act of 2021”. SEC. 2. Defense and Homeland Security. (a) For necessary expenses of the Department of Defense, $400,000,000,000 is appropriated from funds for Fiscal Year 2022, to remain available until expended. (b) For necessary expenses of the Department of Homeland Security, $25,000,000,000 is appropriated from funds for Fiscal Year 2022, to remain available until expended: Provided, that $9,000,000,000 is reserved for the continuation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations; that $5,000,000,000 is reserved for the continuation of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement operations; that $7,000,000,000 is reserved for the continuation Transportation Security Administration operations; and that $1,000,000,000 is reserved for the Secret Service. SEC. 3. Interior. For necessary expenses of the Department of the Interior, $11,000,000,000 is appropriated from funds for Fiscal Year 2022, to remain available until expended. SEC. 4. Treasury. For necessary expenses of the Department of the Treasury, $14,000,000,000 is appropriated from funds for Fiscal Year 2022 to remain available until expended: Provided, that no funds be used by or for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. SEC. 5. Justice. For necessary expenses of the Department of Justice, $20,000,000,000 is appropriated from funds for Fiscal Year 2022, to remain available until expended: Provided, that $12,000,000,000 be reserved for federal law enforcement training, operations, and management; that $6,000,000,000 be reserved for the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys; and that no more than $100,000 be used for purposes related to civil litigation in which the United States is the sole plaintiff and damages sought are valued at less than $1,000,000. SEC. 5. State. For necessary expenses of of the Department of State, $25,000,000,000 is appropriated from funds for Fiscal Year 2022, to remain available until expended.
  9. The sad truth is that the Democrats’ proposed budget is unacceptable. I’m eager to work across the aisle to get a new proposal drafted, considered, and brought to the Floor, very soon. In the meantime, the GOP Majority is prepared to control aspects of the James Shutdown.
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