Capitol Bell – Rand Paul waste report highlights $25 million climate change project

Capitol Bell – Rand Paul waste report highlights $25 million climate change project

June 9, 2016

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where Senate Republicans shut down Democrats’ attempt to send President Obama’s Export-Import Bank nominee to a floor vote. Melissa Quinn reports. She also talks with owners of small businesses in San Diego who worry about a boost in the minimum wage. Did you know almost $25 million from taxpayers is helping the Philippines prepare for climate change? Faith Vander Voort covers a new report on government waste. Cool it: Tomorrow is National Iced Tea Day.

Rand Paul waste report highlights $25 million climate change project. According to the report titled, “Rising Tide of Waste in the Philippines,” “the United States Agency for International Development plans to invest as much as $24.7 million as part of the ‘Climate Ready’ project to help the Philippines adapt to rising sea levels and extreme weather caused by climate change,” reports The Daily Signal’s Faith Vander Voort.

Senate Democrats attempt to force vote on Export-Import Bank nominee. In what amounts to little more than a political stunt, Senate Democrats attempted to circumvent the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday and bring a nominee to the Export-Import Bank’s board of directors directly to the floor. However, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, objected, killing the effort but triggering a debate from his fellow lawmakers on the merits of the 82-year-old agency.

Business owners are “nervous and unhappy” after San Diego raises minimum wage to $11.50. San Diego residents voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour beginning Jan. 1, producing an outcome that left few surprised but small business owners feeling resigned and disappointed as they now work to address increased labor costs. More than 60 percent of San Diego voters supported Proposition I, a ballot measure raising the city’s minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, effective immediately, and $11.50 an hour at the start of 2017. The measure also guarantees five paid sick days to workers, reports The Daily Signal’s Melissa Quinn.

What we’re reading: “Hoo-wee, the New York Times will really have to extend itself to top the [mistake] and mother-of-all-corrections at the American Journal of Political Science. This is the journal that published a finding much beloved of liberals a few years back that purported to find scientific evidence that conservatives are more likely to exhibit traits associated with psychoticism, such as authoritarianism and tough-mindedness, and that the supposed ‘authoritarian’ personality of conservatives might even have a genetic basis (and therefore be treatable someday?). Settle in with a cup or glass of your favorite beverage, and get ready to enjoy one of the most epic academic face plants ever,” writes Steven Hayward for Powerline.

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