In the face of White House opposition, the House on Monday kicked off floor action on its fiscal 2015 spending bill for transportation and housing programs, with Republican leaders anticipating its passage as early as Tuesday.
The legislation includes funding for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, along with other related agencies, and overall it would provide $52 billion in discretionary spending.
Last year, the so-called THUD appropriations bill for fiscal 2014 was dramatically pulled from the floor before a vote when it became clear support had collapsed among Republicans as well as Democrats, partly because of steep cuts proposed in the popular Community Development Block Grant program at HUD.
But no such major GOP fissures are anticipated to create last-second hiccups this year. The measure would be the fourth appropriations bill passed by the House out of 12 due by the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year.
Still, against the backdrop of this Republican confidence, the White House Office of Management and Budget on Monday issued a statement underscoring the administration’s strong opposition to the House’s THUD bill.
The statement said the bill “fails to make needed investments in our Nation’s infrastructure, provides insufficient support for critical housing programs for low-income Americans and the homeless, and includes objectionable language provisions.”
Among the administration’s objections are proposed cuts to passenger rail programs, Homeless Assistance Grants, and other public housing programs and grants. The administration said it also opposed provisions altering the permissible size and weight of trucks operating over federal highways in some states.
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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz "will not have a major speaking role or preside over daily convention proceedings this week," and is under increasing pressure to resign. The DNC Rules Committee on Saturday named Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge as "permanent chair of the convention." At issue: internal DNC emails leaked by Wikileaks that show how "the DNC favored Clinton during the primary and tried to take down Bernie Sanders by questioning his religion."
- A Rasmussen Reports poll shows Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton, 43%-42%, the fourth week in a row he's led the poll (one of the few poll in which he's led consistently of late).
- A Reuters/Ipsos survey shows Clinton leading 40%-36%. In a four-way race, she maintains her four-point lead, 39%-35%, with Gary Johnson and Jill Stein pulling 7% and 3%, respectively.
- And the LA Times/USC daily tracking poll shows a dead heat, with Trump ahead by about half a percentage point.
In an election between two candidates around 70 years of age, millennials strongly prefer one over the other. Hillary Clinton has a 47%-30% edge among votes 18 to 29. She also leads 46%-36% among voters aged 30 to 44.
According to an online tracking poll released by New Latino Voice, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump among Latino voters, attracting support from 81 percent of Latino voters, to just 12 percent support for Trump. The results of this poll are consistent with those from a series of other surveys conducted by various organizations. With Pew Research predicting the 2016 electorate will be 12 percent Hispanic, which would be the highest ever, Trump could be in serious trouble if he can't close the gap.