Piles of unused Obamacare money at center of Zika fight

Image result for hhs piles of moneyA long-dormant fund worth more than half a billion dollars that is at the heart of Democratic opposition over how to pay for the nation's anti-Zika virus efforts, even though using the fund was first recommended by the Obama administration.


Republican aides who worked on the initial deal in June confirmed to the Washington Examiner that it was the Department of Health and Human Services that steered Senate Republicans to a pot of $543 million that had been set aside for health insurance exchanges that were never established in the five U.S. territories.


The money "had just been sitting there," a Republican aide close to the original negotiations told the Examiner. "Our understanding was this was not going to be a terribly controversial offset."


But the House-Senate measure to provide $1.1 billion to help stop the spread of Zika has been stalled in Congress since July and is likely to go nowhere when the Senate holds another vote on the measure Sept. 6.

Senate Democrats are blocking the legislation in part because they, along with their House Democratic counterparts, unanimously oppose the GOP plan to pay for most of the bill, $750 million of it, by using funds from elsewhere in the federal budget.


"Democrats are not going to support setting a precedent where emergency spending has to get offset," Matthew Dennis, a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee ranking member Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., told the Examiner. "It would build a very dangerous precedent from the perspective of good government. The reason we have the power to do emergency spending outside budget caps is that it allows us to move more quickly, without having to haggle over offsets for everything."

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The Democrats want piles of slush funds to spend on anything they wish, without any Congressional approval.  So, they work to build additional piles of money, presented as "legitimate" needs to increase their plans to sustain bypassing Congress to govern.

one big stinking ponzi scam and we pay for it all VOTE TRUMP

What is that Democratic/Socialist cry about, "Never let a good crisis go to waste"

How much is slated for the partying of the First Welfare Family?

The democrats steal and steal and steal from the American middle class taxpayers to create enormous slush funds for them and George Soros to us at will to destroy our nation and transfer what wealth is left to themselves and buy favor with the enemies of America who will murder their stupid greedy butts when they deem it time ... they will treat them exactly how they treat the American people.. Time to realize that it is all Americans against the Soros invading army lead by the bobble heads Obama and Clinton... 

Senate Democrats want that Money to go to their pockets

Thanks.

I'LL TAKE IT!!   :)

It seems there is no level of honesty left in the government.

The congressional leaders are really the worst of the criminals because they have control of the purse strings. If they did their job, none of this crap would be going on. Pelosi, Boehner, Ryan, McConnell and Reid all belong on the gallows for what they have allowed to happen to our country. Obama should be tried for treason.

Remember, when Bill Clinton balanced the budget it was the last two years of his administration and Republicans were in charge of congress at the time.  When the big crash happened in the last two years of Bush's watch, the Democrats were in full control of the congress those last two years.

You have expressed my feelings exactly. We as citizens are going to have to ban together physically  and/or make our voice so loud they have to hear.

Yes I remember when Bill Clinton did this it was with Social Security money.

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SICK: New Jersey Awarded $3.8 Million In Financial Aid To Illegal Aliens


 A local news report revealed that the state of New Jersey awarded $3.8 million in financial aid to illegal immigrants during the 2018-2019 school year.

According to a report from NJ.com, the state of New Jersey gave $3.8 million in financial aid to 749 illegal immigrant students in the last academic year. More than a quarter of the funding went to 328 illegal immigrants that attend Rutgers University.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law last year that allowed illegal immigrants to apply for financial aid. Prior to the signing, illegal immigrants were permitted to apply to pay in-state tuition at public universities but they were not eligible for financial aid.

Murphy, who supports the spending, hit back at Republican critics by arguing that giving financial aid to illegal immigrants is compatible with American values.

“I’d even invite any of those folks who have that attitude, beginning with our president, to come on into this room and allow me or any of us to say, ‘This is the United States of America,’” Murphy said at the time.

David J. Socolow, executive director of the state’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, defended the state’s decision to offer financial aid to illegal immigrants.

“This financial assistance offers these New Jersey students a life-changing opportunity,” Socolow said in a brief comment.“The successes of these first 513 students, who are now attending county colleges, state colleges and universities, and independent institutions around the state, will have a positive impact on countless additional lives.”

According to the report, there is currently no limit on the amount of illegal immigrant students that are permitted to receive financial aid from the state of New Jersey. State lawmakers forecast that they will spend approximately $5 million on financial aid for illegal immigrants each year.

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