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.
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POLL: Hispanics Support Big Government Across The Board
Even Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of the Average Republican
Pew Research released some interesting statistics highlighting Latino voters’ views on national political problems based on a survey they conducted on Latino adults this past December.
Record numbers of Latinos — 32 million — will be voting in the 2020 general election. This exceeds the number of eligible black voters for the first time in history.
According to the results, the majority of Hispanic voters favor more government involvement on issues ranging from minimum wage to gun control.
62 percent of registered voters identify or lean toward the Democrat Party, whereas 34 percent connect with or lean in the direction of the Republican Party.
Several key findings stood out:
Most Hispanic voters (71%) say the government should do more to solve problems, while 27% say government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.
The findings by Jens Manuel Krogstad, Mark Hugo Lopez and Abby Budiman revealed that 82 percent of Hispanics who identify with or lean Democrat “say the government should do more to solve problems, compared with 51% of those who affiliate with or lean toward the GOP.”
As far as minimum wage is concerned, the three authors found some interesting results
On the minimum wage, a large majority of Hispanic voters (79%) say they favor raising it to $15 an hour, including more than half (56%) who say they strongly favor this change. Majorities in both parties favor raising the minimum wage, though Hispanic Democrats are much more likely than Hispanic Republicans to do so (88% vs. 62%, respectively).
The same Hispanic support for big government held true for healthcare which the authors noted below:
Hispanic voters generally believe the U.S. government should play a role in providing health care to Americans. About seven-in-ten (71%) say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, including 38% who favor a national health insurance system and 32% who prefer a mix of private and government health care coverage. Around a quarter (28%) say it is not the government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, though most in this group say they prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.
When broken down across partisan lines, there were some key differences between Hispanics Democrats and Hispanic Republicans:
Hispanic Democrats and Republicans have different views on the role government should play in providing health coverage. About eight-in-ten Hispanic Democratic voters (84%) say it is the government’s responsibility to ensure Americans have health care, with 49% supporting a national health insurance system. Meanwhile, about half (51%) of Hispanic Republican voters say it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure universal coverage, though most in this group prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.
Interestingly, Hispanic Republicans were considerably to the Left of the average Republican voter on healthcare. 24 percent of Republican voters believe that the government should be responsible for guaranteeing healthcare coverage.
For gun control, there was also a noticeable Hispanic majority in favor of stricter gun laws:
“Around seven-in-ten Hispanic voters (68%) say gun laws should be stricter than they are today, while 24% say current gun laws are about right. Only 7% say gun laws should be less strict. The survey was conducted several months after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, involving a suspect who said he targeted Mexicans.”
Similarly, there was a sharp partisan gap on gun control among Hispanics:
Among Hispanic Democratic voters, 80% say gun laws should be stricter. Hispanic Republican voters are more evenly divided, with 44% saying gun laws should be stricter and 42% saying gun laws are about right.
In the Republican case, Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of Republican voters on gun control. Only 27 percent of Republican voters want stricter gun laws.
All things considered, continued mass migration will not only ensure eventual Democrat Party domination in the near future, but also a more leftist Republican opposition that now has a big government faction within its ranks.
Graphics from the study can be referenced below:
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