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Congress eyes temporary budget as U.S. shutdown deadline looms

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US lawmakers will resort to passing a short-term federal spending deal next week to avoid an embarrassing government shutdown, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday, January 12, as prospects for a long-term 2018 agreement dimmed. A move to extend temporary funding beyond the January 19 deadline would ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJan 13th, 2018

U.S. Congress approves funding stopgap averting gov t shutdown

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The US Congress, facing an end-of-week deadline, passed a funding stopgap measure Thursday, December 7, that averts a government shutdown and provides lawmakers and President Donald Trump with breathing room to strike a 2018 budget deal. The Senate easily passed the bipartisan measure that funds government ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Congress moves to avoid US government shutdown, talks resume Friday

The US Congress on Thursday moved rapidly to send President Donald Trump a short-term funding bill that would avert a government shutdown this weekend, leaving fights over budget priorities and other controversial issues for later this month. Source link link: Congress moves to avoid US government shutdown, talks resume Friday.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Gov’t eyes supplemental budget for Marawi

MANILA, Philippines -  The government is currently exploring the possibility of asking Congress for a supplemental budget to help settle the terrorist confli.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 4th, 2017

Trump to insist on border wall funds as budget deadline looms

Trump to insist on border wall funds as budget deadline looms.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017

Trump to insist on border wall funds as budget deadline looms

Trump to insist on border wall funds as budget deadline looms.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017

Trump to insist on border wall funds as budget deadline looms

Trump to insist on border wall funds as budget deadline looms.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017

The World: US President eyes jump in defense spending and aid cuts

WASHINGTON -- On the eve of his first congressional address Tuesday President Donald Trump offered a taste of his upcoming budget, announcing he would ask Congress for a nearly 10% rise in defense spending and a large cut in foreign aid......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

US govt shutdown looms as Senate blocks funding

WASHINGTON: The US Senate rejected stopgap legislation to fund government operations on Tuesday, sending lawmakers scrambling to stave off a shutdown at week’s end in the heat of the presidential campaign. The temporary spending bill fell 45-55, we.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 28th, 2016

Trump’s year: Congress bickers over Russia, Mueller looms

Republicans who spent the early months of 2017 working with Democrats on investigations into Russian interference in U.S. elections have pivoted as the new year begins and midterm elections loom, leaving the conclusions of those congressional probes in doubt. #BeFullyInformed Trump’s year: Congress bickers over Russia, Mueller looms Republicans who spent the early months of… link: Trump’s year: Congress bickers over Russia, Mueller looms.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Troops to add to pension — Diokno

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan Reporter THE GOVERNMENT eyes to have the military pension contributory by next year, the Budget chief said. “We plan to address that by next year. We will have a solution not later than middle of this year,” Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said in a press briefing yesterday. Asked whether […] The post Troops to add to pension — Diokno appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Seoul: North Korea to send delegation to Olympics in South

By Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea agreed Tuesday to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, Seoul officials said, as the bitter rivals sat for rare talks at the border to discuss how to cooperate in the Olympics and improve their long-strained ties. The Koreas' first talks in two years were arranged after North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un recently made an abrupt push for improved ties with South Korea after a year of elevated tensions with the outside world over his expanding nuclear and missile programs. Critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken international pressure and sanctions on the North. During the talks, the North Korean delegation said it would send an Olympic delegation, which includes officials, athletes, cheerleaders, journalists and others, South Korea's Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung told reporters, according to media footage from the border village of Panmunjom, the venue for the talks. The South Korean delegation, for its part, proposed North Korea send a big delegation and conduct a joint march during the Feb. 9-25 Game's opening and closing ceremonies, Chun, one of the five South Korean negotiators, said. He said South Korea also suggested resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war and offering military talks designed to reduce animosities in frontline areas. South Korea also stressed the need to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Chun said. North Korea responded by saying the two Koreas must try to promote peace and reconciliation through dialogue, he said. The two sides were to continue their negotiations later Tuesday at Panmunjom, the only place on the tense border where North and South Korean soldiers are just feet away from each other. A North Korean soldier late last year defected to the South across Panmunjom amid a hail of bullets fired by his comrades. He was hit five times but survived. The meeting began with an amicable atmosphere Tuesday morning, with chief North Korean delegate Ri Son Gwon saying he hopes the talks would give "a New Year's first gift — precious results (of the talks) to the Korean nation." Ri's South Korean counterpart, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, said he also hopes they would come up with a "good gift" for people in both Koreas. The overall prospect for the negotiations was still unclear. The two Koreas have a long history of ending key talks without any agreement and failing to follow through with rapprochement accords. An agreement on the North's Olympic participation had been widely expected before the talks began, but the Koreas remain sharply at odds over how to improve their overall ties. North Korea is expected to demand rewards in return for South Korea's offer for family reunions and military talks, like Seoul halting propaganda broadcasts and scaling back or halting military drills with the U.S., observers say. Suspension of the military drills would be unacceptable for Seoul because that would seriously undermine the alliance with its chief ally the United States, which wants to put more pressures on Pyongyang. The North views the drills as a rehearsal for a northward invasion. President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed hope for some progress from the talks and said he was open to talking with Kim himself. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley later said the U.S. administration isn't changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea, saying Kim would first need to stop weapons testing for a "significant amount of time." In his New Year's Day address, Kim said there is an urgent need to improve inter-Korean ties and that he is willing to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games. He urged Seoul to halt the military drills with the U.S. and said he has a "nuclear button" to launch missiles at any target in the United States. South Korean liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue as a way to defuse the North Korean nuclear standoff, welcomed Kim's outreach and proposed talks at Panmunjom. Kim quickly accepted. "As President Moon has said, the improvement of relations between North and South Korea cannot advance separately from resolving North Korea's nuclear program," Brian Hook, a chief adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, told reporters in a conference call late Monday Washington time. "And so, we remain focused on our global pressure campaign. That campaign is designed to bring Kim Jong Un to the table for meaningful negations." The Trump administration agreed last week to delay springtime military drills with South Korea until after the Games. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted the delay was a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics, not a political gesture. Trump and Kim traded bellicose warlike rhetoric and even crude insults last year, as the North conducted it sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation and three tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The International Olympic Committee said Monday it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the Games. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the registration deadline has been extended and that the Switzerland-based committee supports North Korean athletes in the qualification process, while respecting U.N. sanctions against North Korea......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Calida: Petitioners vs martial law extension don’t know Mindanao situation

Opposition lawmakers who want to stop the year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao don't know any better than President Rodrigo Duterte about the situation in the region, according to Solicitor General Jose Calida. Calida made the remark in a text message sent to reporters on Thursday, a day after minority lawmakers, led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, filed a petition with the Supreme Court (SC) for a temporary restraining order against the extension. "Do the petitioners know better than the President and the overwhelming majority of members of Congress who approved the extension of martial law in Mindanao? Definitely not," Calida said. "Anyone who says there is no on-goi...Keep on reading: Calida: Petitioners vs martial law extension don’t know Mindanao situation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

SC sought for TRO on martial law in Mindanao

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz OPPOSITION lawmakers petitioned the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Dec. 27, for a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a writ of preliminary injunction against the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao as recently approved by Congress. In the petition filed by Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, Akbayan party-list Rep. Tomasito […] The post SC sought for TRO on martial law in Mindanao appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

Arrogance of power and corruption syndrome

By SATUR OCAMPO After President Duterte signed this week the P3.767-trillion 2018 national budget passed by his “supermajority” in the 17th Congress, the pork barrel funds purposely hidden within it – funds that the Supreme Court, in 2013, declared as unconstitutional — have become a public issue again. And it’s not only the devious undermining… The post Arrogance of power and corruption syndrome appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

Palace cites drug war, budget, TRAIN among achievements

THE TAX reform program as recently passed by Congress, the national budget next year, and the controversial anti-drug campaign are among the highlights of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s first full year of 2017, according to a year-end report released Tuesday, Dec. 26, by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). “This year-end report highlights the key […] The post Palace cites drug war, budget, TRAIN among achievements appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Malacañang denies hand in budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday, December 21, denied it had any hand in the bugdet cuts and  zero allocations for districts of some opposition lawmakers for 2018. "We had nothing to do with whatever decision both houses of Congress had on the alleged deprivation of projects as far ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

DFA eyes more consular offices

THE Department of Foreign Affairs - Office of Consular Affairs will be setting up more consular offices next year apart from fielding mobile passport centers to accommodate the growing number of applicants. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Congress approved the establishment of more consular offices to address the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

Rep. Richard Garin denies pressuring Ubial to buy more Dengvaxia

ILOILO CITY --- Iloilo Rep. Oscar "Richard" Garin Jr., an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte and husband of former Health Secretary Janette Garin, denied on Saturday that he pressured former Health Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial to buy more of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine and allocate budget for it in 2018. "It is the work of Congress to scrutinize budgets submitted to it by departments such as the DOH [Department of Health] and for projects to be implemented in the different congressional districts," Garin said in a statement. He said records of the budget hearings "will speak that I only asked her if it is true that some children in NCR [National Capital Region] will onl...Keep on reading: Rep. Richard Garin denies pressuring Ubial to buy more Dengvaxia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Japan eyes $46B defense budget to counter Nkorea – report

TOKYO: Japan plans a record $46 billion defense budget for the next fiscal year to strengthen its missile defense against the threat posed by North Korea, a report said on Saturday. The government is expected to set aside 5.19 trillion yen for defense in the country’s initial budget proposal for the fiscal year starting April [...] The post Japan eyes $46B defense budget to counter Nkorea – report appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Japan eyes $46-B defense budget to counter North Korea – report

TOKYO, Japan – Japan plans a record $46 billion defense budget for the next fiscal year to strengthen its missile defence against the threat posed by North Korea, a report said Saturday, December 16. The government is expected to set aside 5.19 trillion yen for defense in the country's initial budget proposal ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017