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Vice President Pence made an unscheduled stop Thursday night to visit National Guard troops on Capitol Hill, who had been deployed following the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

“Thank you for stepping forward for your country,” Pence told the troops, who applauded him, according to a pool report.

Pence said as a former Indiana governor he was familiar with the National Guard and spoke to individual members asking where they were from and how long they had served. He chided one from Pittsburgh about a friendly rivalry; many others were from neighboring Virginia.

Pence wished the huddle “a safe inauguration and a swearing in of a new president and vice president” before he departed.

“Hooah,” the troops yelled in response.

By: Amy B Wang

5:43 PM: Trump requests $27.4 billion in spending cuts from Congress six days before leaving office

With less than a week left in office, Trump sent a letter to the House and Senate leadership asking for 73 specific cutbacks to the 2021 federal budget totaling $27.4 billion.

The president has the power to propose rescissions to a budget already signed into law, but it’s up to Congress to cut the spending. Congress has 45 days to act on the president’s request. Given that neither the House nor the Senate is slated to return to work until Jan. 19, the last day of Trump’s presidency, his request is likely to be ignored.

Trump had signaled in December when he signed the $1.4 trillion fiscal 2021 spending bill that he would ask Congress to cut back some projects and programs.

“I will sign the omnibus and covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed,” Trump said in a statement then. “I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill.”

The letter to congressional leadership asks to impound funds from nearly every major Cabinet-level agency, as well as the “African Development Foundation, the Commission of Fine Arts, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the District of Columbia, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Inter-American Foundation, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the Peace Corps, the Presidio Trust, the United States Agency for International Development, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.”



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