House Democrats Look To Advance All Sorts Of Things Except Funding For A Border Wall


House Democrats are a belligerent bunch for sure.  They have not only said that they will push gun confiscation in 2019, but now they are going to attempt to fund the government for five weeks without providing the full funding for the border wall that Trump has demanded and promised the American people who voted for him.

A joint statement by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) read, “The President is using the government shutdown to try to force an expensive and ineffective wall upon the American people, but Democrats have offered two bills which separate the arguments over the wall from the government shutdown."

The CIA-tied Washington Post reports:

Democrats will take control of the House on Thursday with a stark challenge to President Trump, voting on legislation that would fund the federal government while denying Trump the money he has demanded to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

GOP leaders in the Senate said they would support only a proposal that has the president’s backing. And without additional wall money, the Democrats’ offer is unlikely to break the stalemate that has shuttered large parts of the federal government since Dec. 22.

But the strategy Democrats announced Monday would usher in a new era of divided government in Washington with a dare to Trump, aimed at forcing him and Senate Republicans to take their deal or prolong a partial government shutdown.

House Democrats plan to use their new majority to vote through measures that would reopen nearly all of the shuttered federal agencies through the end of September, at funding levels Senate Republicans have previously agreed to. Those spending bills contain scores of priorities and pet projects for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The Democratic proposal holds out one exception: The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees border security, would keep its current level of funding, with no new money for a border wall. The plan would also extend the department’s budget only through Feb. 8, allowing Democrats to revisit funding for key parts of Trump’s immigration policy in a month.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said that the Senate wouldn't even bring the legislation up unless Trump was willing to sign it.

“It’s simple: The Senate is not going to send something to the president that he won’t sign,” Stewart wrote in an email on Monday.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said that Pelosi's offer was a "non-starter."

"Nancy Pelosi’s newest funding proposal doesn’t represent any serious attempt to secure our border or find a compromise. A $1.3 billion Democrat wish list that includes zero money for a border barrier is a non-starter and will not be a legitimate answer to this impasse," he tweeted on Monday.

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Trump stayed in DC over the holidays and had invited Democrats who were living it up during the holidays to come and talk.

“They can come over right now, they could’ve come over anytime. I spent Christmas in the White House, I spent New Year’s Eve now in the White House. And you know, I’m here, I’m ready to go. It’s very important,” Trump told Fox News.  “They can come over right now, they could’ve come over anytime. I spent Christmas in the White House, I spent New Year’s Eve now in the White House. And you know, I’m here, I’m ready to go. It’s very important.”

Of course, it was reported the Pelosi, for all her bellyaching about the shutdown and how bad things were, was found at an extravagant resort in Hawaii.

The Free Beacon reported:

Pelosi, who has put blame squarely on President Donald Trump for the current government shutdown, was spotted Thursday vacationing in Hawaii at the Fairmont Orchid resort, where room accommodations range from $899-a-night for a standard room to $4,899-a-night for the presidential suite.

The resort, on Hawaii's Big Island, features a golf course, six restaurants, and a 10,000-square-foot oceanfront pool. It also features a "Spa Without Walls," where the 110-minute Ali'i Royal Experience is available for $369 and a 50-minute couples massage runs $549, according to the spa menu. While at the spa, guests can snack on a gluten-free grilled prawn summer roll for $19.

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This is not Pelosi's first holiday vacation to Hawaii. In 2011, it was reported by the Hawaii Reporter that Pelosi had in previous years stayed in a $10,000-a-night suite at the Four Seasons Resort in Kona for her holiday vacation.

See?  This is how tyrants and criminals live in government careers.  They pour luxury all over themselves at the people's expense and then their bleeding hearts talk about their beloved government being shutdown.

The Hill adds:

Top Democrats have said they won't go beyond $1.3 billion in border funding, while the president said he's unwilling to support legislation that doesn't provide ample funding for his wall along the southern border.

The White House has floated $2.1 billion as a compromise, but Senate Democrats were not open to the offer, maintaining they would not go beyond $1.3 billion.

The president has been adamant he will not support legislation that does not provide ample border security funding, a priority he stressed on the campaign trail.

Additionally, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced a bill that would require Mexico to pay for the border wall and would block American taxpayer money from funding it, even though the money to fund it has been allocated before.

Breitbart points out:

H.R.7332, or the Protect American Taxpayers and Secure Border Act, does nothing specific to secure the border. The bill states:

No taxpayer funds may be obligated or expended to build a wall or barrier intended to impede travel between Mexico and the United States.

Any wall or barrier described in subsection (a) that is proposed to be built shall be paid for using funds provided by the Government of Mexico.

Securing The Southern Border —The Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to secure the southern border by making maximum effective utilization of technology and improved training of U.S. Custom and Border Protection agents and officers.

Increase In Immigration Judges—The Attorney General may appoint 100 additional immigration judges in addition to immigration judges currently serving as of the date of the enactment of this Act.

Humanitarian Assistance —The Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to ensure that humanitarian assistance is provided to immigrants, refugees, and other displaced persons who are in need of medical assistance and aid to sustain health and life.”

“If enacted, the law would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to construct the border wall,” Jackson Lee said in remarks about her bill published in Houston Style Magazine. She continued:

Moreover, it is a comprehensive piece of legislation that ensures that any wall that is built is paid for by Mexico; directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to make occur certain procedures that improve training of agents of the United States Custom and Border Patrol; increases the number of immigration judges; and, it directs the Secretary of DHS to take all such measures to ensure that refugees at the southern border are given humanitarian assistance.

No, it really won't do that and frankly, she has a point in at least pushing for Trump to keep his word about Mexico paying for the wall, which was a promise he also made to the people.  However, as stated before, a lot of the money for the wall had already been voted on years ago, even by people such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

She did get one thing right though.  She said, “Realistic cost estimates of such a wall easily surpass tens of billions of dollars."

This is absolutely true.  That $5 billion price tag that Trump keeps talking about went up along the way.  In case you don't think so, let me remind you with his own words.

I honestly think that even if Trump gets the $5 billion in the spending bill that the wall will not be fully completed.

By the way, for those giving money to build the wall, I commend your desire to put YOUR money where your mouth is without demanding it come out of other people's pockets.  However, as a friend of mine so eloquently put it, that money is going to go to a government that simply wastes the money you already give them.

This is for all Trump voters who visit my wall. You have a place where you can put your money for the project you want....

Posted by Bojidar Marinov on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Does that sound like a smart thing to do?  Or is it just an emotional response?

Frankly, I don't know why we aren't looking at eliminating the real things that promote illegal immigration:  The welfare state and the warfare state.  Not only would it be a lack of spending money, but it would be a healthy saving of money; but we can't have that now, can we?

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