Budget agreement reached, sky-high deficits coming, The Squad takes its fight on...

Budget agreement reached, sky-high deficits coming, The Squad takes its fight on the road, Mueller warned by DOJ not to stray during testimony

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her Thursday press conference, December 13, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her Thursday press conference, December 13, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN

CAPITOL HILL — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the administration of President Donald Trump reached a two-year comprehensive budget deal Monday evening, after several days of furious talks. The deal would dramatically increase spending by $320 billion over present caps and suspend debt-ceiling caps through July 21, 2021 — assuring caps aren’t on the negotiating table during the 2020 presidential election.

The bill adds an additional $2 trillion to the debt over the next decade. Conservatives and budget hawks are not happy. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget called this deal “nothing short of fiscal sabotage” and issued a statement reading in part:

“As we understand it, this agreement is a total abdication of fiscal responsibility by Congress and the President. It may end up being the worst budget agreement in our nation’s history, proposed at a time when our fiscal conditions are already precarious.”

The statement continues:

“If this deal passes, President Trump will have increased discretionary spending by as much as 22 percent over his first term, and enshrine trillion-dollar deficits into law.”

In other news, The Squad takes its fight with Trump on the road. Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) of Michigan spoke to the NAACP convention in Detroit and implored her audience to engage, saying: “You are all the squad.”

(AUDIO:  Rashida Tlaib)

Looking forward, Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer sent a letter to former Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III late Monday saying that his testimony set for Wednesday ‘must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege.’

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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