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President Obama's Proposed Budget For Fiscal Year 2017 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 12 February 2016 06:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - President Obama calls it his plan for "investments to meet our greatest challenges not only for the year ahead but for decades to come."

He's talking about his proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 -- a $4.1 trillion plan.

The plan is now posted at whitehouse.gov.

It can be downloaded as a complete document, or as nine separate files.

"It drives down the deficit. It includes smart savings on healthcare, immigration, tax reform," said President Obama of the budget, according to reuters.com.

Republicans have portrayed the budget as dead on arrival.

U.S. Senate Hearing Schedule For Thursday, February 11, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 11 February 2016 06:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is the public schedule of hearings to be held by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.


Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
** 9:30 AM
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management
Hearings to examine agency discretion in setting and enforcing regulatory fines and penalties.

** 10:00 AM
Appropriations: Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
Hearings to examine emerging health threats and the Zika supplemental request.

** 10:00 AM
Armed Services
Hearings to examine the National Commission on the Future of the United States Army in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2017 and the Future Years Defense Program.
** 10:00 AM
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress.

** 10:00 AM
Hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2017.

** 10:00 AM
Business meeting to consider S.247, to amend section 349 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to deem specified activities in support of terrorism as renunciation of United States nationality, S.483, to improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse, S.524, to authorize the Attorney General to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use, and the nominations of Elizabeth J. Drake, of Maryland, Jennifer Choe Groves, of Virginia, and Gary Stephen Katzmann, of Massachusetts, each to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.

** 10:15 AM
Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine the nominations of Karen Brevard Stewart, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Robert Annan Riley III, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, and Matthew John Matthews, of Oregon, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as United States Senior Official for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, all of the Department of State, and Swati A. Dandekar, of Iowa, to be United States Director of the Asian Development Bank.

** 1:00 PM
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Hearings to examine an update on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, focusing on religious freedom, anti-Semitism, and rule of law.
** 2:30 PM
Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters.

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks President Obama's Clean Power Plan PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 05:50

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court has stopped in its tracks the plan from the Obama administration to impose more regulations on the energy industry. It was a 5 to 4 decision to stay what the administration dubs the Clean Power Plan.

North Carolina is among 28 states challenging the plan in court. Critics say the plan would hike energy bills and take away power that should rest with the states.

The court ruling says the legal challenges must be resolved  before the plan is implemented.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that the administration disagrees with the ruling and continues to support a plan to reduce carbon emissions.
Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement praising the ruling.

"We are pleased the Supreme Court recognizes that the federal power plan will dramatically increase North Carolina's electricity rates with little, if any, environmental benefit,” the governor said in a statement. "We will continue to fight the Obama administration's illegal attempts to take over North Carolina's power system."

GAO: FEMA Should Strengthen Regional Coordination To Enhance Disaster Preparedness PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 06:53

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Better coordination is needed. That's the bottom line assessment of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report about the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"GAO found that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has taken some steps, but has not fully addressed, preparedness grant management coordination challenges between headquarters and its regions," reads the report results, which are posted at gao.gov.

"For several preparedness grant programs, FEMA headquarters and regions share management and monitoring responsibilities. Assessments by FEMA and others since 2009 have recommended that FEMA regions manage and monitor preparedness grants to avoid confusion and duplication and strengthen coordination with state and local grantees. However, in 2012 FEMA changed course and decided to continue sharing grant management between headquarters and regions. Since then, FEMA officials said they are taking steps to address coordination challenges that exist in this structure. However, GAO found that challenges continue to exist."


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