Though U.S. News and World Report and reporter Ryan Alexander are left-of-center — the article drips with naked anti-Trump assumptions — the facts force the writer to arrive inexorably, unavoidably at the conclusion that the border wall is fully-funded and under the Dept of Defense’s jurisdiction.
U.S. News’s contributing reporter Alexander provides readers with a blow-by-blow “how to” instructions for those interested in proper use of arcane (and often slippery) House rules.
Ryan details an amendment offered to remove Section 1039 from the Pentagon policy bill, H.R. 2810, that would allow the president to allocate Department of Defense dollars to construct a border wall.
That means Pentagon money could be spent to construct a border wall. In the normal process of things, this amendment would have been accepted by the Rules Committee and then debated and voted on by the full House of Representatives. But nothing about this amendment can be called normal.
Funding for the wall is right there in law, in plain English. The mainstream media has of course continued to avoid all reporting on the clear fact that President Trump possesses the funding and the ability to build the wall
Perhaps it was deemed to be of no importance to public policy, and shelved; the mainstream media was also likely too busy fabricating their own cover-ups, like publishing endless lists of anonymous sources and likely-fabricated stories to support false claims of Russian collusion so they can help mask Hillary Clinton’s and Robert Mueller’s Uranium One deal with Vlad Putin.
While his partisan bias is readily identifiable, the reporter confirms in no uncertain terms that “Pentagon money could be spent to construct a border wall.”
U.S. News Reporter Alexander continues, adding:
The Rules Committee took this one amendment and labeled it, “proposed to be adopted.” In the arcane world of U.S. House rules, this means that voting for the rule governing consideration of the bill was also voting for this amendment. This is known as a “self-executing rule.” The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York, offered an amendment to strike the self-executing portion of the rule and was defeated in committee on a party-line vote of 4-8.
On the House floor, the vote on the full rule passed. [emphasis added]
Trump has wall funding at his disposal.
Some observers have claimed that Trump has since published a declaration establishing a “State of Emergency,” and that without it, he cannot spend money or even make mud bricks. Such a presumption is understandably counterintuitive, but that assertion is also false, according to both U.S. News and former Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Trump does not need to declare an emergency to spend money he’s already been given, just to order construction that’s already been authorized, and that’s the stated conclusion put forward by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who spoke with Big League Politics about the border wall.
Former Republican Majority Leader DeLay confirms this fact: The border wall is now completely funded, according to House rules as he’s always known them, says DeLay.
“So, I’m not surprised that they did it, especially if they are trying to get around the Senate. If the left says a rule is bad, that means they lost,” stated DeLay. “The House of Representatives is no democracy. There’s all kinds of ways you can manipulate votes.”
In fact, as DeLay notes, the wall is both authorized and full-funded as of FY 2017, meaning Americans have had to suffer through a lot of kabuki theater has commenced in the interloping period.
“He must know it. It’s like $3 billion dollars that they’re gonna take out of military construction. If they passed the defense authorization bill, then it makes sense,” stated DeLay.
In short, the wall is a “greenlight,” a “go,” without a countdown.
The original authorization passed out of the House of Representatives designates the Department of Defense (DOD) as the contractor that will supply the manpower, raw materials, and construction services for Trump’s wall. There are no “middlemen” in terms of Trump’s relationship to the military due to obvious constitutional and wartime protocols that make him Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces (when actually called into service, and they’ve been under the 2001 AUMF for over a decade now).
The current features of the political landscape seemingly preventing the president from building the wall include: limitations on emergency powers, the constant involvement of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the often alleged hyper-partisan sabotage of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
With the passage of H.B. 2810, those factors cease to exist, and the president is given much broader leeway to secure funding to construct the wall.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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