Smarther News Quick Quotes for Tuesday, January 8, 2019

January 8, 2019
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"Tax refunds will go out."

Russell Vought, Acting Director of Office of Management & Budget (OMB), speaking at a White House briefing, explaining that the OMB believes its permissible for the IRS to issue refund checks during a gov't shutdown and will work to make sure the IRS is properly staffed. During previous shutdowns, refunds were stalled. The typical refund averages around $3,000 and begin going out in late January as Americans start filing their yearly taxes.

"It’s not okay with me for my job to be used as a bargaining chip when people on either side don’t get what they want and they can’t come to an agreement. I just want to work."

Krystle Kirkpatrick, one of approx. 70,000 employees furloughed (temporarily laid-off) by the IRS because of the partial gov't shutdown. She told the Washington Post she's considering donating blood to supplement her family's loss of income.
“I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern.”

President Trump announcing a rare national address scheduled for Tuesday night as his team announces he will travel to the U.S. Southern Border on Thursday. The partial gov't shutdown enters into its 18th day on Tuesday.
"It’s more than a wall. A lot more."

Vice President Pence, who's working to negotiate with Democrats, speaking about the White House's request for more than $5B in funding for border security. Besides money to the build the border wall, the administration wants funds for additional categories such as $500M+ for additional immigration judges (and staff), $500M+ for extra law enforcement, and $4M+ for thousands of detention beds.

"Justice Ginsburg is unable to be present today, but will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments.”

Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday confirming Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would not be physically present at the Supreme Court to hear arguments for the first time in more than 2 decades. 85-yr-old Justice Ginsberg will work from home as she continues to recover from preventative lung cancer surgery.

"China has actually been a good partner in our efforts to reduce the risk to the world from North Korea’s nuclear capability. I expect they will continue to do so."

Sec. of State Mike Pompeo commenting on China's role in talks between the U.S, & North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in China for a multi-day trip; today is his birthday. Pres. Trump said the U.S. is looking for a location for a second summit with North Korea.
“There was a lot of talk about ‘best ever’ all year long. We were never in that conversation. But tonight, there’s no doubt."

Dabo Swinney, coach of the Clemson Tigers, who defeated #1 ranked Alabama on Monday night to claim the national championship. Some may debate the title of "Best Team Ever", but Clemson's undefeated 15-0 season is one for the history books as the only Division I team with an undefeated season since 1897.

Have a great day!

by Jenna Lee,