The House voted to cut the money to pay for lawmakers’ daily expenses during the legislative session by three-quarters. These per diem allowances are nearly $300 for the first 30 days of the session, then drop to close to $200 a day. They would fall to $50-$75 a day. But the proposal faces a big hurdle in the Senate.
The White House today released an outline of President Donald Trump’s first budget. As expected, the document calls for cutting government programs to offset a big increase in defense spending. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Congress is not going to pass this budget.