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    The great problem of legislation is, so to organize the civil government of a community . . . that in the operations of human institutions upon social action, self-love and social may be made the same. — John Quincy Adams, Society and Civilization Herewith the questions of the week for savvy readers to ponder and, perhaps, answer. What is, as of this writing, one of the Trump-inspired provisions in the $1 trillion coronavirus relief bill that, to Mitch McConnell’s surprise, has been included? Here’s a hint: the location of a government building. Here is the next question: which government building? Here is the answer: the FBI headquarters. They are now located catty corner across from Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave. NW...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said provisions aiding the marijuana industry should remain in a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package despite criticism that the provisions have nothing to do with the pandemic. “I don’t agree with you that cannabis is not related to this,” the California Democrat told reporters. “This is a therapy that has proven successful.” Pelosi defended the cannabis provisions after bipartisan talks fell apart on passing a compromise coronavirus aid bill that would also extend expiring unemployment benefits. The two parties have traded barbs about unrelated spending provisions in their dueling proposals. Pelosi and Democrats have railed against a provision in the $1 trillion GOP coronavirus aid package that would provide $1.75 billion to rebuild the crumbling...
    The Senate Republican bill primarily focused on providing economic relief to Americans dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic includes nearly $2 billion for a new FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of millions of dollars for a White House renovation, ABC News reported. The Trump administration is seeking $377 million to modernize the West Wing, which has not been fully upgraded since 1933. The money would also pay for security additions to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which could be used as the workplace for staffers while the West Wing is remodeled. The justification from the White House is that the remodel will "increase the White House campus's ability to detect, mitigate and alleviate external security and pandemic threats."...
    President Trump said Republicans who don’t approve of funding for a new FBI building in the coronavirus relief package should “go back to school.” “I said, 'Let’s build a new FBI building, either a renovation of the existing or. even better, let’s build a new building.' So, we have that in the bill. It should stay, people have wanted a new FBI building now for 15-20 years,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday. “But Republicans don’t want it in the bill,” a reporter informed Trump. “Then Republicans should go back to school and learn you need a new building,” the president said. “It’s a bad building, it’s a dangerous building, you have slabs falling off. It’s not a good building from the...
    By LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed Democratic demands to include aid for cash-strapped cities in a new coronavirus relief package and lashed out at Republicans, saying they should “go back to school” if they reject money for a new FBI building in downtown Washington, D.C. Trump, speaking alongside Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the White House, signaled his interest in preventing an eviction crisis as a federal moratorium expires Friday on millions of apartment units. But he and his top emissary to Congress portrayed an otherwise dismal outlook as negotiations drag ahead of looming deadlines. “It’s a shame to reward badly run radical left Democrats with all of this money they’re looking for,” Trump...
    David Edwards July 29, 2020 4:49PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed Republicans who are refusing to refurbish an FBI building near Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The White House has come under fire from both Republicans and Democrats for including $1.75 billion for the FBI building in a coronavirus relief package. Critics argue that Trump wants to refurbish the building to prevent other commercial development — including other hotels — in the area. : Trump told reporters on Wednesday that Republicans who opposed the funds needed to "go back to school." Earlier, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany suggested that the president would not veto the entire relief package if funds...
    Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneRepublican senators revolt over coronavirus proposal Mnuchin: It 'wouldn't be fair to use taxpayer dollars to pay more people to sit home' Sinking Trump seeks to squash GOP dissent MORE (R-S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, on Wednesday said that there is not “a lot” of support for including funding for a new FBI building in a coronavirus relief bill. “I think it came as a surprise to a lot of people that the funding for the FBI building was in the bill. They’d have to make a better argument than what I’ve seen so far,” Thune said. “I don’t think there’s a lot of support from our members for issues in the bill that are not...
    By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed Democratic demands to include aid for cash-strapped cities in a new coronavirus relief package and lashed out at Republicans, saying they should “go back to school” if they reject money for a new FBI building in downtown Washington, D.C. Trump, speaking alongside Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the White House, signaled his interest in preventing an eviction crisis as a federal moratorium expires Friday on millions of apartment units. But he and his top emissary to Congress portrayed an otherwise dismal outlook as negotiations drag ahead of looming deadlines. “It’s a shame to reward badly run radical left Democrats with all of this money they’re...
    President Trump urged Republican lawmakers who disagree with the White House's push to include a $1.75 billion provision to construct a new FBI building to "go back to school and learn" while speaking to reporters on Wednesday. “They’ve been trying to build a new building for many years — many, many years,” he said. “They were thinking about going very far away, but you have to be near the Justice Department. You don't want to be too far away where they have to drive for an hour, an hour and a half.“ He suggested that they could renovate the existing building or create a new one. Trump also touted his real estate background while also claiming that the FBI building...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden hits Trump's 'law and order' message: He's trying to 'scare the devil' out of people Pelosi bashes Barr after testimony: 'He was like a blob' and 'henchman' for Trump Schumer: Trump should want COVID-19 deal to help GOP election chances MORE on Wednesday dismissed Republican criticism of his push for the inclusion of funding for a new FBI building in the next coronavirus relief package, saying GOP senators should “go back to school and learn.” “They have been trying to build a new building for many, many years,” Trump told reporters at the White House as he was departing for a trip to Texas on Wednesday morning. Trump said proposals to move the FBI building to...
    (CNN)White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was pressed Wednesday on why a coronavirus stimulus bill includes $1.75 billion for a new FBI building."So, this was part of the President's priority of updating the FBI building, keeping it in DC, and it's been one of the things that's been mentioned that's in this bill and it's a part of one of the President's priorities and it's been a priority for several months," she said during an appearance on CBS News.Asked again what that provision was doing in the coronavirus bill, McEnany couldn't say, but said it is "not a dealbreaker."The funding is opposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, despite the fact that the Senate GOP stimulus proposal formally unveiled Monday...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany distanced the White House from calls included in Senate Republicans’ coronavirus stimulus bill for $1.8 billion in funding to update the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC. “This was part of the president’s priority of updating the FBI building, keeping it in Washington, DC,” McEnany stated Wednesday during an interview on CBS. “It’s been one of the things that’s been mentioned that’s in this bill. It’s part of one of the president’s priorities, and it’s been a priority for several months.” (EXCLUSIVE: Congress, White House Unlikely To Deliver Phase 4 Stimulus Before Recess, Sources Say) WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 27: White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany walk on...
    When it comes to abusing power to, for instance, steal a Supreme Court seat, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is aces. When it comes to legislating, not so much.  After waisting more than three months since House Democrats first put forward their $3 trillion relief bill, McConnell and the White House put their heads together to produce a bill so indefensible, GOP senators are running away from it like a burning building.  In fact, the morning after the bill went public, McConnell couldn't even defend his own bill with a straight face. When he was asked why it included a $1.75 billion dollar provision to relocate the eyesore of an FBI building that sits a block away from Trump International Hotel,...
    "I'm not sure that it is [included]," he said during a press conference about the legislation. McConnell later deflected responsibility for the language in his own bill, saying that the Trump administration had insisted on the provision, and "they will have to answer the question as to why they insisted on that." The content of the bill was negotiated by Senate Republicans and the White House, without input from Democratic members. According to the Washington Post, Republican lawmakers initially resisted the White House's repeated demands the FBI funds be included, but eventually relented, including the provision in the final legislation. According to the Post, Democrats have claimed Trump is acting in his own self-interest by pushing for the provision, allegedly...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's "opposed" to including funding for a new FBI headquarters in the next round of coronavirus relief legislation -- even though his proposal released Monday allocates $1.75 billion for the FBI building construction. McConnell made clear at the Capitol Tuesday he has no intention of fighting for the FBI money, which the White House insisted be included in the GOP bill text released a day earlier. McConnell called the provision "non-germane" to the coronavirus pandemic and compared it to extras in the $3 trillion House bill that he opposes, such a full restoration of State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction or extending $1,200 direct payments to undocumented immigrants. MCCONNELL UNVEILS 'HEALS ACT,' THE GOP CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS...
    Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear on Tuesday that he opposes including funding for a new FBI building in any final negotiated product for the next coronavirus stimulus.That's despite the fact that the Senate GOP stimulus proposal formally unveiled Monday includes funds for a new FBI headquarters at the request of the Trump administration. The bill includes $1.75 billion "for the design and construction of a Washington, D.C. headquarters facility for the Federal Bureau of Investigation," according to the text.Pressed by a reporter on Tuesday over the funding, McConnell responded by saying that he's against "non-germane" provisions in the next stimulus. The Senate majority leader indicated that he hopes that anything not directly related to Covid-19 will be...
    The Senates top Republican says he opposes a push by President Donald Trump to include in a new coronavirus aid package nearly $1.8 billion to rebuild the FBI headquarters on its current site in downtown Washington. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he opposes inclusion of the FBI money and all other measures not related to the governments response to the virus. “When we get to the end of the process I would hope all of the non-COVID related measures are out, McConnell said Tuesday. "No matter what bills they were in at the start.” McConnells comments came after Democrats accused Trump of self-dealing with his push on the FBI building, which sits across the street from a downtown...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not support a $1.75 billion provision to construct a new FBI building that Trump officials tucked into a new GOP coronavirus aid package. McConnell, speaking to reporters after a meeting with Trump administration officials in a closed-door luncheon, said the money is not related to the coronavirus pandemic and he wants it removed. “I am opposed to non-germane amendments, whether it is funding for the FBI building or, for example in the House bill, whether it’s a tax cut for high-income earners in blue states, or other non-germane amendments in the House bill," the Kentucky Republican said. Republicans met behind closed doors with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff...
    By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are accusing President Donald Trump of self-dealing as the White House pushes Senate Republicans to include nearly $1.8 billion to rebuild the FBI headquarters on its current site in downtown Washington as part of a new coronavirus aid package. Democrats have long accused Trump of a conflict of interest over the FBI building, which sits across the street from a downtown hotel that Trump owns on Pennsylvania Avenue, blocks from the White House. The Trump International Hotel could face competition if the FBI moves from the site and another hotel is developed on the property. Before running for office, Trump expressed interest in redeveloping the FBI property himself, and he has...
    Republicans' $1 trillion coronavirus relief package was in trouble Tuesday as the party began to lose support for the measure from its own members while Democrats decried a billion dollar provision to build a new FBI building near President Donald Trump's Washington D.C. hotel. Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said he expects 'significant resistance' from Republicans to the legislation, citing its hefty price tag. 'There is significant resistance to yet another trillion dollars. The answer to these challenges will not simply be shoveling cash out of Washington, the answer to these challenges will be getting people back to work. And as it stands now, I think it's likely that you'll see a number of Republicans in opposition to this bill and...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are accusing President Donald Trump of self-dealing as the White House pushes Senate Republicans to include nearly $1.8 billion to rebuild the FBI headquarters on its current site in downtown Washington as part of a new coronavirus aid package. Democrats have long accused Trump of a conflict of interest over the FBI building, which sits across the street from a downtown hotel that Trump owns on Pennsylvania Avenue, blocks from the White House. The Trump International Hotel could face competition if the FBI moves from the site and another hotel is developed on the property. Before running for office, Trump expressed interest in redeveloping the FBI property himself, and he has taken a strong personal...
    Senate Republicans unveiled plans Monday for the next coronavirus stimulus package, and the framework includes $1.75 billion in funding for the construction of a new FBI headquarters at the site of its current home in downtown D.C. The proposal comes following pressure from the White House to include it in the stimulus package, according to reports, despite it not being directly tied to economic relief from the pandemic. President Donald Trump brought up the need for a new FBI building at a press conference last week. “As President Trump has said, the FBI desperately needs a new building and this measure provides critical funding for this project that would keep the building responsibly near the Department of Justice,” White House...
    A coronavirus relief package unveiled on Monday evening by Senate Republicans includes nearly $2 billion in funding for the Department of Justice to construct a new FBI building.  The funding, tucked into a 177-page appropriations section of the package, would provide  $1.75 billion for "the design and construction of a Washington, DC headquarters facility for the Federal Bureau of Investigation," according to the text of the legislation.  The decision to include funding for a new FBI building in Washington, D.C., comes as the Trump administration has pushed to keep the new headquarters in Washington, D.C.. Before the Trump administration the new headquarters was expected to be built in a D.C. suburb.  Republicans distanced themselves from the inclusion of the money in...
    Sen. Mitch McConnell told reporters Monday he does not know why the Trump administration included in the coronavirus aid package $1.75 billion to construct the FBI building in Washington, D.C. McConnell told reporters the deal Republicans unveiled on Monday was negotiated first with the White House, which asked for the money to be added to the measure. “You’ll have to ask them why they insisted that be included,” McConnell said. The GOP’s sweeping aid package includes $200 billion to extend the forgivable loan program for small businesses, $105 billion to help schools reopen, $16 billion for testing and vaccine development, extended expansion of unemployment benefits, and a new round of $1,200 stimulus checks. The entire cost of the...
    (CNN)The Republican coronavirus stimulus proposal includes funds for the design and construction of a new FBI headquarters at the request of the Trump administration.The bill includes $1.75 billion "for the design and construction of a Washington, D.C. headquarters facility for the Federal Bureau of Investigation," according to the bill text.The provision comes after the administration's successful push for the funds caused significant problems during the intraparty negotiations. But the funding could still face an uncertain future, with at least two key Republicans withholding full support.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked why the bill text included the funding, and if it were possible that there could be a $2 billion provision included that he didn't know about. The Kentucky Republican...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —  A helicopter is shown with an FBI logo on the side. But it is not a real FBI chopper. It’s just a stunt. And it got a Chicago rapper in big trouble. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar has the story. Eric Jaglicic, a wanna be rapper who  goes by the name “Chicago Blaxican” is now charged with three felonies for posting threatening videos. Jaglicic is in this position because he believes he was wrongly prosecuted in a case hes already done time for. So he’s now created these threatening videos. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, his chief deputy and former Attorney General Lisa Madigan are all mentioned. Jaglicic is also behind a 2018 stunt, renting a helicopter...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The FBI is asking for the public's help identifying the white van driven by the suspect or suspects who opened fired on the Federal Building in downtown Oakland Friday night.The shooter or shooters hit and killed a security officer, Pat Underwood. Another officer was also injured.RELATED: Photo shows vehicle suspected in connection with federal officer's death in OaklandThe FBI is looking for a white van that's either a 1997-2002 Ford E-250 or E-350. They say the van didn't appear to have license plates attached at the time of the shooting. FBI is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a vehicle related to the May 29, 2020 shooting at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in...