How the Debt Ceiling Debate Puts State and Local Dollars at Risk

As the drama over preventing the nation from defaulting on its debts unfolds in Washington, counties and housing advocates say they are worried that the political standoff could lead to cuts in funding for everything from preventing homelessness to transforming rural economies.

In return for agreeing to increase the nation’s borrowing limit, newly empowered House Republicans, concerned about the nation’s rising deficit and what House Majority Leader Steve Scalise called Democrats’ “drunken” spending spree, are demanding reductions.

Lowering spending to where it was before Congress passed its $1.7 trillion “omnibus” budget in December could mean funding across a range of non-defense programs would drop by about $147 billion, or roughly a third, according to a recent analysis by the Libertarian Cato Institute.

Republicans have yet to identify what exactly they want to cut. But bringing spending back down to where it was before the omnibus would jeopardize increases included in

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Dr. Phil debate on illegal immigration gets explosive: ‘Why didn’t White people stay in England?’

An audience member blamed “White people” for committing genocide, “demanding” drugs from cartels and carrying out mass shootings in an attempt to defend illegal immigration during a heated debate on “Dr. Phil” Wednesday.

Amid a discussion about the crisis at the border, Dr. Phil turned to National Border Patrol Council Vice President Art Del Cueto to offer his take. Cueto, who was born in Mexico and immigrated legally, said the “chaos” at the border today endangers American citizens.

Cueto complained that Border Patrol agents are unfairly vilified with “broad stroke” stereotypes, but warned that much of the turmoil at the border is driven by drug cartels who overwhelm areas with large groups of migrants to distract law enforcement from their drug smuggling. 

“At that time, that’s when they’re taking advantage to bring their products across,” he warned. “That’s when they’re taking advantage to bring individuals with serious criminal records into

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