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  • McCarthy on Senate spending deal amid looming government shutdown: ‘Don’t see the support in the House’

    House Speaker Kevin McCarthy pumped the brakes Wednesday on hopes that a bipartisan Senate spending deal would be enough to prevent a government shutdown in three days, bluntly telling reporters, “I don’t see the support in the House” for the measure.

    On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) endorsed a bipartisan temporary spending patch, known in Washington parlance as a continuing resolution or CR.

    The Senate proposal would keep the government’s lights on until Nov. 17, giving both parties and both chambers of Congress time to negotiate a longer-term appropriations package.

    That evening, the Senate voted 77-19 to clear a procedural hurdle to advance the measure, with only Republicans in opposition.

    “We can fund the government for another six weeks,” McConnell said Wednesday, “or we can shut the government down in exchange for zero meaningful progress on policy.”

    Looming over McCarthy’s apprehension about taking up the bipartisan Senate bill are threats to oust him from his position via a motion to vacate the chair.

    Hard-right lawmakers such as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) don’t want McCarthy (R-Calif.) to bypass their opposition to a continuing resolution by turning to Democrats for support. McCarthy has publicly downplayed the threats of an ouster.

    The current iteration of the Senate’s CR would keep the government funding around “present levels” while allotting a little over $6 billion in both military and economic support for Ukraine and $6 billion for domestic disaster relief.

    The Ukraine aid is a nonstarter for Republican holdouts in the House, where McCarthy can only afford to lose four votes and still pass legislation along party lines.

    McCarthy did score a win Tuesday evening when the House advanced consideration of four separate appropriations bills by a 216-212 vote, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) the only Republican dissenter. McCarthy said he hopes to pass those bills “by Thursday.”

    Despite Greene’s opposition to the rules vote, she managed to slip in an amendment to the defense appropriations bill Wednesday to slash Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s salary to $1.

    To permanently fund the government for the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, Congress must pass 12 appropriations bills.

    So far, the House has only passed one, while the Senate has approved none — necessitating a CR to keep the government fully open past 11:59 p.m. Sept. 30.

    McCarthy has urged President Biden to come to the negotiating table and demanded that he bolster border security in exchange for a CR.



  • What to Watch in the Second Republican Presidential Debate

    Republican presidential candidates are running out of time—and big stages—to take down former President Donald Trump.

    They get another chance to make an impression Wednesday night during the second debate for the 2024 GOP field at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, a forum the front-runner is snubbing.

    Trump’s absence from the first debate last month provided space for rivals, and Vivek Ramaswamy and Nikki Haley made the most of it. But nothing altered Trump’s dominance in polls of the nomination contest. Now his rivals are locked in on an increasingly competitive fight for second place, hoping to solidify enough support to narrow the field.

    Seven candidates will take the stage—one less than before because former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson failed to qualify—and all will be watched for how aggressively they go after Trump. They barely touched him during the first debate.

    The former president, who will appear Wednesday with union workers in the Detroit area instead, recently gave mixed signals on abortion and several candidates have sought to capitalize on that with social conservatives. Other topics to look for are the potential government shutdownfunding for Ukraine, the United Auto Workers strike and the economy.

    The two-hour debate will start at 9 p.m. Eastern time, hosted by Fox Business Network and Univision. It will also stream online on Rumble

    Read more: https://www.wsj.com/politics/e...

  • City of Mobile launching trash, garbage services in newly annexed areas Oct. 2

    The City of Mobile will be initiating household garbage and roadside trash collection services in the newly annexed areas of West Mobile beginning Monday, Oct. 2, 2023.

    As City of Mobile residents, those in the newly annexed areas will receive free weekly household garbage service and free trash/debris collection (tree limbs, tree/yard debris, discarded furniture, etc.) twice a month. Mobile is the only municipality in the region that does not charge specific trash and garbage fees.

    Because roadside trash is collected every other week, residents in the newly annexed areas who live north of Grelot Road will not have their trash picked up until the week of Oct. 9. Trash collection will begin for residents south of Grelot Road on the week of Oct. 2. You can find maps of the new trash and garbage routes at https://www.cityofmobile.org/new-citizen-routes-2023. Residents can also find their assigned pickup day by searching a home address using the City's online information tool: My Place.

    “We were incredibly excited to welcome more than 19,000 new residents to Mobile in July, and we are just as excited to begin providing full city services to those residents in the coming weeks,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “Our goal is to make sure these Mobilians look back and view joining our city as a positive. As we begin implementing new services in these areas, please don’t hesitate to contact Mobile 311 or my office if you have any questions or concerns.”

    The City of Mobile has been delivering garbage carts to all households in the newly annexed areas for the past month. If you live in these areas and have yet to receive one, please submit a Mobile 311 request so that we can ensure you receive garbage services from the City of Mobile. The City of Mobile provides an initial garbage cart at no cost, but residents can also purchase an additional cart by submitting a 311 request. The price for a 96-gallon cart is $85.00, and a 64-gallon cart costs $76.00.


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