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Ryan: Budget fights have pushed military 'past the breaking point'

Source: The Hill

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday cautioned about the crumbling state of the U.S. military, warning that long-term budget cuts and Washington melodrama have pushed our military past the breaking point.

Instead of upgrading our hardware, we have let our equipment age. Instead of equipping our troops for tomorrows fight, we have let them become woefully under-equipped, Ryan told attendees at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event.

The Pentagon started 2018 on a continuing resolution (CR), the ninth year the Defense Department has begun its year on a stop-gap spending measure. A CR keeps the building open, but prevents new programs from starting and delays maintenance and training.

This has left the military too small, over-worked and with aircraft that cant fly, Ryan said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/369527-ryan-budget-fights-have-pushed-military-past-the-breaking-point

Hey Paul ":ayn rand" Ryan here's a solution reinstate the draft. As for aging aircraft, your kidding right, the aircraft keep getting modernized until the next generation comes fully on line....................your full of shit

You realize that there are two nuclear submarines being built, right, and this country spend more on military hardware than the world---------------your still full of shit

After more considerable thinking I want the government to shut down, then Ryan, and McConnell , and sexual predator can't do anymore damage, no more appointments to the bench, no more land being given to the polluters.............shut it down, Social Security and Medicare Medicaid don't stop

November 2018 cabinet get here fast enough

WHIP COUNT: Senate vote on shutdown looks to be tight

Source: The Hill

It’s far from clear that a House GOP plan to fund the government can get through the Senate ahead of a possible shutdown on Saturday

Two GOP senators say they’ll vote no on the proposal, and the number of Democrats saying they’ll vote no has been rising by the hour.

Eighteen Democrats, including Independent Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), supported a stopgap measure in December, but many of those members say they’ll oppose the new stopgap, which would fund the government into February.

The main issue is the fact that the bill is silent on providing shelter to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation by an Obama-era program that President Trump is ending.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/369525-whip-count-senate-vote-on-shutdown-looks-to-be-tight

Republicans have created this mess since 2010, they own this mess, and there sexual predator president owns them now...............

November 2018 cannot get here fast enough

Trump administrations proposed labor rule would rob tipped workers of $5.8 billion per year

In December, the Department of Labor proposed a rule that would rescind portions of tip regulations, allowing employers who pay the minimum wage to take workers’ tips. According to Economic Policy Institute research, tipped workers would lose $5.8 billion a year in tips as a result of this rule. Women in tipped jobs would lose $4.6 billion annually.

Current regulations prohibit employers from taking tips. The department justifies the proposed rule by saying it is partly about fairness to “back of the house” workers, such as dishwashers and cooks, who don’t typically receive tips. The rule would theoretically allow employers to give some of the tips to back-of-the house workers. On the surface, the rule seems to address the great racial divide in high-end restaurant restaurants, in which white non-Latinx people tend to work in higher paying-positions as waiters and bartenders, and Latinx people tend to work in lower-paying jobs, such as line cooks and other back-of-house positions. The median hourly wage for restaurant waiters and waitresses is $9.61 and dishwashers’ median wage is $10, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But employers are free to decide not to distribute those tips to those low-income workers, Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, told The Washington Post.


This is why you need unions...........................there needs to be a concerted lawsuit against how this going to be implemented, everyone should get a decent hourly rate, a 15 dollar per living wage to start, and this sexist sexual predator assault on the woman who make up the majority in this endeavor

This asshole stiffed mom and pops, and banks and other which is well known, but now, this is just shameless ...................

November 2018 cannot get here fast enough

Trump administrations new religious freedom rule will encourage discrimination in health care

The Trump White House announced a new rule Thursday that overhauls the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) by refocusing its mission protecting the “religious freedom” of health care providers. The new “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” (CRFD) will focus entirely on ensuring providers are allowed to opt out of providing care when they have objections, which has huge implications for patients’ access to abortion, LGBTQ people, and people living with HIV.

According to drafts released Thursday morning, the CRFD will be “responsible for OCR’s national conscience and religious freedom program, including enforcement of and compliance with laws protecting conscience and the free exercise of religion and prohibiting coercion and religious discrimination.”

The shift will represent the biggest backlash in the pingponging policies over the past few presidential administrations. President Bush had some conscience protections for health care workers, but the Obama administration reversed them, noting that they were being used to justify various forms of discrimination. As Politico notes, this included refusing to provide birth control, refusing treatment for HIV and AIDS, denying fertility treatment to lesbian couples, or not providing ambulance transportation for someone planning to seek an abortion.


The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, talk about imposing someones beliefs unto the masses, just fuck the first amendment, and fourth amendment

November 2018 cannot get here fast enough

Bracing for a Supreme Court attack, labor unions make plans to survive

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next month in a case that could bring about what city and state worker unions fear most: the imposition of a “right-to-work” legal regime across the entire American public sector.

In the states where they exist, so-called right-to-work rules make it illegal for unions to require “agency fees” (payments that cover the expense of bargaining on behalf of non-union members) from the non-members covered by contracts they negotiate. To unions and their allies, the fees help prevent what they call a classic “free-rider problem,” in which people benefit from a costly system without any incentive to pay into it. Without agency fees, non-union members of unionized shops can still benefit from the higher wages and benefits guaranteed by collective bargaining contracts — but they’re not required to keep those efforts financially afloat.

Eliminating unions’ ability to collect those fees threatens to put a big dent in their financial resources — and ratchets up the incentive for workers to forego union membership. The creation of a nationwide right-to-work regime could deal a massive blow to public sector unionism, the last bastion of relative union power following years of defeats in the private sector.


Right to work is nothing more the free loading SCABS

This court now has the appointed judge to really screw workers, his confirmation hearing proved that point, and as for Roberts ---------------------he sucks, when it comes to workers...............

Alex Jones melts down over SHITHOLE

I just wish his main arteries in his neck would explode, I just wonder what his heart thinks.............

Were terribly disappointed and hugely frustrated: Union chiefs say Trump made their lives worse

In April last year, President Trump stood alongside steelworkers and promised that his Commerce Department would open an investigation into whether imported steel posed a national security risk. The results of that investigation would likely have resulted in tariffs for countries like China.

Nearly 10 months later, the Commerce Department has finally wrapped its probe and sent its findings to President Trump. While the agency won’t disclose its findings, it says Trump has 90 days to “decide on any potential action.”

It may be too little too late for domestic steel workers who feel as though they were political pawns in Trump’s presidency.

“We’re terribly disappointed and hugely frustrated,” Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers union, told CNN. “There’s been no action that has done anything to protect and defend American jobs. …In some cases we’re worse off now than we were then.”


Democrats win big in Wisconsin special election, make big gains against GOP across the country

Democrats at the state level made crucial gains in a number of special election contests on Tuesday night. In one district, they even managed to flip a long-held Republican seat.

Following her victory in Wisconsin over Republican state Rep. Adam Jarchow (Balsam Lake), newly elected state Sen. Patty Schachtner told AP statehouse reporters that she won by sticking to her message. “My message has always been be kind, be considerate and we need to help people when they’re down,” she said. “We just need to be kind to people who are less fortunate and just help.” Schachtner fills the 10th District seat vacated by Republican state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, who took a job as Gov. Scott Walker’s agriculture secretary in November.

Wisconsin’s 10th District, which encompasses parts of Burnett, Polk, St. Croix, Pierce, and Dunn Counties, has been a Republican stronghold since 2001, when Harsdorf was first elected. In the 2016 election, President Trump swept the district by a margin of 16 points; Mitt Romney also won it in 2012, despite losing the state overall.

Schachtner told reporters on Tuesday that her victory could signal a bigger change afoot within both the state and the Democratic Party as a whole.


Congratulations to :

Sen. Patty Schachtner

VA House Dems Press Conference on Priorities for Working People


GOP whines, and the Dem leader has a positive response


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