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OOPS: Ocasio-Cortez Blasts POTUS for Funding ICE, But She Voted to Fund ICE Last Week

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Tuesday night, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to MSNBC to blast President Donald J. Trump for funding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after Trump’s Oval Office Address on border security.

“On the day of Christmas, a child died in ICE custody,” she told Rachel Maddow, feigning outrage. “The President should not be asking for money to an agency that has systematically violated human rights. The President should be really defending why we are funding such an agency at all.”

Political theater and hyperbole aside, Ocasio-Cortez’s rant was not only cringeworthy, but also hypocritical, true to leftist form.

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On Jan.3, she voted “Aye” on H.J.Res. 1: Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes.

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ICE is an agency within DHS, which Ocasio-Cortez voted in favor of funding.

The continuing resolution said:

This was the vote on the House Democrats’ continuing resolution to reopen the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the midst of the government shutdown beginning on December 22, 2018. The resolution does not include $5.6 billion in funding for a southern border wall, and as such the President has stated that he will not sign it, adding that he would be willing to continue the shutdown for months or years.

The resolution would fund DHS until February 8, which House Democrats argue would give time to come to an agreement about the border wall without continuing the shutdown. House Democrats issued a press release on passage of the resolution.

In other words, less than one week after voting to fund ICE, Ocasio-Cortez blasted to President for funding ICE.

Leftists like AOC have their talking points laid out. They toe the line and say what they are supposed to say for Democratic Party optics. It is all for show – to keep voters happy while they grab more power from the American people.


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Arizona’s Paul Gosar Proposes Amending Coronavirus Package to Replace Pork with $10,000 Stimulus Checks

Gosar wants direct aid to the American people.

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Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona has proposed that the federal government pay stimulus checks of $10,000 to Americans beleaguered by the coronavirus pandemic, adopting an approach that would prioritize direct payments to individuals over payments to state and local governments. Gosar’s Amendment, offered on Friday night, would also replace payments to extend federal unemployment benefits.

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As the American Rescue Plan currently stands, $1,400 stimulus checks to American taxpayers who filed less than $75,000 in income in 2018 make up $422 billion- a mere 22% of the total spending in the relief package. Gosar’s proposal would replace much of the questionable spending with direct relief.

If the federal government intends to go ‘all-in’ on deficit spending in response to the coronavirus recession, Gosar’s proposal would ensure that the money is spent directly on the livelihood of American taxpayers. Less than half of the spending of Biden’s stimulus is directly targeted towards taxpayers, with education, energy, transport and state governments receiving almost as much money as the American people under Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan.

(Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget)

Biden’s pork proposal can easily be retooled to prioritize direct spending to Americans, be it in the shape of stimulus checks or buffed unemployment benefits to Americans who have lost their jobs in the recession. Instead, the establishment Democrat has opted to prioritize payments to powerful lobby groups and corporate institutions.

The American Rescue Plan passed the House in a Friday night vote. Should the massive spending package fail to pass the Senate in budget reconciliation, congressional leaders may be left with no choice but to consider proposals such as Gosar that replace federal spending with direct relief to the American people.


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