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USA, 3.5 Trillion Budget Proposal (2021)

USA, 3.5 Trillion Budget Proposal (2021)

UPDATE:  August 24, 2021, House approves the $3.5 billion proposal!  Note that this is only a proposal and not yet a law.  The budget resolution sets a target date of September 15 for committees to submit their reconciliation legislation.

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The Democratic Party is in the process of vastly improving the operation, the function, of the United States of America with the 3.5 trillion budget proposal.  The Republican Party fails to support this bill probably because they favor and support the plutocracy class which is fearful that their taxes will rise. 

Following is a proposed list of improvements to the USA operation:

  • Agriculture conservation, drought, and forestry programs to help reduce carbon emissions and prevent wildfires.
  • Rural development and rural co-op clean energy investments.
  • Agricultural climate research and research infrastructure. 
  • Civilian Climate Corps funding.
  • Child nutrition.
  • Debt relief August 9, 2021 2 Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs The Banking Committee receives an instruction of $332 billion. 
  • Creation and preservation of affordable housing by making historic investments in programs like the Housing Trust Fund, HOME, the Capital Magnet Fund, and rural housing.
  • Improve housing affordability and equity by providing down payment assistance, rental assistance, and other homeownership initiatives.
  • Community investment, development and revitalization through initiatives like Community Land Trusts, investments in CDBG, zoning, land use, and transit improvements and creating healthy and sustainable housing.
  • Public Housing Capital Investments and Sustainability Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology The Commerce Committee receives an instruction of $83 billion. 
  • Investments in technology, transportation, and more.
  • Research, manufacturing, and economic development.
  • Coastal resiliency, healthy oceans investments, including the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund.
  • National Science Foundation research and technology directorate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources The Energy Committee receives an instruction of $198 billion. 
  • Clean Electricity Payment Program.
  • Consumer rebates to weatherize and electrify homes.
  • Financing for domestic manufacturing of clean energy and auto supply chain technologies.
  • Federal procurement of energy efficient materials. 
  • Climate research.
  • Research infrastructure for DOE National Labs. 
  • Hard Rock mining ? 
  • Department of Interior programs Committee on Environment and Public Works The Environment and Public Works Committee receives an instruction of $67 billion.  
  • Clean Energy Technology Accelerator that would fund low-income solar and other climate-friendly technologies.
  • Environmental justice investments in clean water affordability and access, healthy ports and climate equity.
  • EPA climate and research programs.
  • Federal investments in energy efficient buildings and green materials. 
  • Appalachian Regional Commission and Economic Development Administration economic development and transition programs.
  • Investments in clean vehicles August 9, 2021.
  • Methane polluter fee to reduce carbon emissions Committee on Finance The Finance Committee will receive an instruction that requires at least $1 billion in deficit reduction. This will provide the Committee with flexibility to make investment, revenue and offset decisions consistent with the policy recommendations. Please see Section II of this memo for more information about this instruction. Investments. 
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave.
  • ACA expansion extension and filling the Medicaid Coverage Gap. 
  • Expanding Medicare to include dental, vision, hearing benefits and lowering the eligibility age.
  • Addressing health care provider shortages (Graduate Medical Education).
  • Child Tax Credit/EITC/CDCTC extension.
  • Long-term care for seniors and persons with disabilities (HCBS). 
  • Clean energy, manufacturing, and transportation tax incentives.
  • Pro-worker incentives and worker support.
  • Health equity (maternal, behavioral, and racial justice health investments). 
  • Housing incentives.
  • SALT cap relief.
  • Other investments within the jurisdiction of the Finance Committee Offsets. 
  • Corporate and international tax reform.
  • Tax fairness for high-income individuals. 
  • IRS tax enforcement.
  • Health care savings.
  • Carbon Polluter Import Fee Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions The HELP Committee receives an instruction of $726 billion. 
  • Universal Pre-K for 3 and 4-year olds. 
  • Child care for working families. 
  • Tuition-free community college.
  • Investments in HBCUs, MSIs, HSIs, TCUs, and ANNHIs.
  • Increase the maximum Pell grant award.
  • School infrastructure, student success grants, and educator investments.
  • Investments in primary care, including Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps, the Nurse Corps, and Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education.
  • Health equity (maternal, behavioral, and racial equity health investments).
  • Pandemic preparedness.
  • Workforce development and job training August 9, 2021. 
  • Labor enforcement and penalties.
  • Civilian Climate Corps funding.
  • Research infrastructure, including for HBCUs, MSIs, HSIs, TCUs, and ANNHIs Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs The HSGAC Committee receives an instruction of $37 billion.
  • Electrifying the federal vehicle fleet (USPS and Non-USPS).
  • Electrifying and rehabilitating federal buildings.
  • Improving our cybersecurity infrastructure.
  • Border management investments. 
  • Federal investments in green materials procurement.
  • Resilience Committee on the Judiciary The Judiciary Committee receives an instruction of $107 billion. 
  • Lawful permanent status for qualified immigrants.
  • Investments in smart and effective border security measures.
  • Community Violence Intervention Initiative Committee on Indian Affairs The Indian Affairs Committee receives an instruction of $20.5 billion. 
  • Native health programs and facilities.
  • Native education programs and facilities. 
  • Native American housing programs.
  • Native energy programs.
  • Native resilience and climate programs. 
  • BIA programs and facilities.
  • Native language programs.
  • Native Civilian Climate Corps Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship The Small Business Committee receives an instruction of $25 billion. 
  • Small business access to credit, investment, and markets Committee on Veterans Affairs The Veterans Affairs Committee receives an instruction of $18 billion.
  • Upgrades to VA facilities August 9, 2021 5 II. BACKGROUND – FINANCE COMMITTEE INSTRUCTION The FY 2022 budget resolution will provide the Finance Committee with an instruction that allows for $1.8 trillion in investments for working families, the elderly and the environment.
  • A historic tax cut for Americans making less than $400,000 a year.
  • Ensuring that the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share of taxes. 
  • Hundreds of billions in additional savings by lowering the price of prescription drugs. 

 

NOTE:  In addition, the agreement would prohibit new taxes on families making less than $400,000 per year, and on small businesses and family farms.

 

In order to give the Senate Finance Committee the flexibility it needs to accomplish these goals, the text of the Budget Resolution will provide the Finance Committee with an instruction to reduce the deficit by a nominal amount of $1 billion over ten years. There is ample precedent over the past fifteen years for using a nominal reconciliation instruction as a mechanism to allow a committee to bring forth legislation with larger budgetary implications than such an instruction suggests. Republicans used a nominal instruction amount to both the Finance and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensi

 

SOURCE:  https://www.democrats.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/MEMORANDUM%20for%20Democratic%20Senators%20-%20FY2022%20Budget%20Resolution.pdf

 

 

Posted August 24, 2021
Updated August 24, 2021

Possible Results If Republicans Vote To Not Impeach.

Possible Results If Republicans Vote To Not Impeach.

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series Donald Trump

Opinion

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump overwhelmingly proved that the president planned, executed and commanded that his rabble troops invade congress on  January 6, 2021.  The trial process proved beyond any doubt that Donald Trump must be impeached.  The trial also proved beyond any question that US laws were violated by the president by performing a number of criminal acts.   People were injured and died as a direct result of the invasion upon the Capitol.  Jail time and financial payment should be the future for Donald Trump. To do otherwise is abandonment from the intent and creation of our founding fathers for this form of government.

Due to the vast number of alleged Republican Party’s negative factors, their numerous self centered, self serving, issues will stand in the way for voting to impeach the president and may ruin that party in the future and diminish the standing of our great country.  Here is a list of possible negative factors:

It seems that the Republican Party has failed their country with these possible results:

  • The democratic process may be seen as flawed by some.  This may result in a lack of loyalty to country and personal commitment to the future political process.
  • The USA may be now a county of growing hypocrisy when dealing with foreign countries.  The USA pretends to stand for democracy but the USA is actually a  plutocracy.
  • The USA may now be a county of falseness for some of the United States constituents.  This may lower feelings of patriotism and commitment to government.
  • The US constituents may view that the rich and powerful can game the system.  The US legal system and political system may be seen as partially corrupt.

If the GOP does vote to convict Donald Trump for treason, the Republican Party has a chance to heal and better bind the nation to improve the country.

 

 

 

Posted February 12, 2021

Possible Expectations From Attacks On Saudi Arabia

Possible Expectations From Attacks On Saudi Arabia

Prediction based on past history:

Possible prediction from attacks on the Saudi Arabia oil fields with drones September 14 and 15, 2019:

We should expect that the Untied States to rather quickly get involved in possible attacks against Iran because Saudi Arabia has significant control over the US Congress from the huge payments made to members of Congress and underlying ownership of the US economy. One can easily say that the Saudi Arabia owns a good portion of the US government. Possibly expect United States military to fight and die in the coming months. Iran is not a push over enemy. Iran has significant land mass and military capability as well as secondary hidden assets. Saudi Arabia may expect that the United States to fight this next war to the last American soldier.

Also, why would the United States get involved in a conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran?  For what possible reason?  Let these two countries, where the rulers enrich themselves where they suppress freedom and are vastly corrupt, fight each other.

Let us hope that the citizens of both Saudi Arabia and Iran rise up and overthrow their scum sucking political systems and problematic religious influences to form better living standards form of governing that works best for all citizens.

 

Published September 15, 2019
Updated September 18, 2019

Its The People, Not Congress That Promote Disfunction.

Its The People, Not Congress That Promote Disfunction.

The US Congress approval rating is extremely low.  As of August 28th 2013 the approval ranking was measured to be 15%.  The real, unmentioned, story is that the people at home who voted these congress people into office are really to blame.  It is the people in the heart land of the United States, the red states that seem to be rather dim for a whole host of reasons.  The oligarchs use of political action groups like the Tea Party as promoted political dysfunction to new heights.  The oligarchs have successfully manipulated the Republican Party to avoid compromise and cooperation.  This might partly be due to the country having a black president and not wanting him to succeed.  Another factor is that the “Supreme Court” has aligned itself with the plutocracy and now have allowed the rich to pour money into manipulating the political process. The one percent are winning because a large percent of Americans are too stupid to realize they are being manipulated for the benefit of others.

Congressional Committee Reform

Congressional Committee Reform

Watching Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve, testify before a congressional committee, February 10, 2009, the proceedings raised some concern as to the mechanics of conducting the meeting.  Each committee member is allowed to ask questions within a set amount of time, I believe 5 minutes.  Just about all the questions were pretty darn good and right on target.  At times it seemed each committee member was in competition for achieving that night the best sound bite for TV news shows and including time consuming remarks about how his or her constituents were in pain about this devastating recession.  Many of the questions were painted with conservative vs liberal values which also added verbiage.  At times, the most important, deep in complexity  questions were stated for too long a period so that Bernanke had not time to respond.  The chairman stated that Bernanke could respond in writing which will be hard for you and I to flush out to read.   If one were to sum up the proceedings, the effort seemed to reveal very little new information but became a course in Federal Reserve policy that would be quite nice for high school and college courses.

Three suggestions:

  • The committee chairman might ask each committee member to limit questions to two minutes thus giving three minutes for answers.  I am sure that will go over really big with the senators.
  • The individual that testifies before the committee is allowed a set number times he or she can go beyond the time limit a personal option that they are allowed to exercise.  This, I think, is a decent middle ground, reasonable solution.
  • The most radical idea is to have an individual sit beside the chairman who represents the interest of the people to extend comment periods to another set time limit.  Each activation of this option may only be exercised a few times in total per session or per hour.  This person might come from a rotating list of government watchdog organizations.  This individual can ONLY extend the answer segment and can NOT make any, on the record, statements but remain mute in the process only indicating to the chairperson to extend the witness comments, the answer time.  This idea is too complex to be taken seriously.   It is prone to being morphed into something more or less than it was intended by some of the senators.  It’s recommendation is only put forth here for purpose that the senate might take to it because it is so muddy and prone to being morphed into political leverage that we do not yet see and thus might be honey on a stick and meet some amount of consideration.