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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Fact Check:   'Joe Biden Claims ‘We Didn’t Lock People Up In Cages’

CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, on immigration: “We didn’t lock people up in cages.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The “cages” were built by the Obama-Biden administration.

Univision moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden at the third Democrat debate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, why Latinos should trust him after the Obama administration continued deporting “undocumented immigrants.”

Biden claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were more humane than those of President Donald Trump: “We didn’t lock people up in cages,” he said.

In fact, the “cages” were built by the Obama administration to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally in 2014.

Originally, the Obama administration was “warehousing” children — literally — in overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Breitbart News broke the story of the surge, which was partly triggered by Obama’s policy of allowing illegal alien children who entered the country as minors to stay in the country (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA).

Above image credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File

The above photo was published by the Associated Press in June 2014, and the photo below is of Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, touring a Border Patrol facility with “cages.”


Above: Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer through the department’s Nogales processing facility for immigrant children. (Photo courtesy Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)

The “cages” are chain-link enclosures in Border Patrol processing facilities that are meant to protect children from adults in custody. They are not permanent accommodations.

In mid-2018, as the Trump administration began enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that stopped the “catch-and-release” policy of letting illegal aliens go after they were arrested. Detaining adults and children meant that children had to be processed separately; the enclosures prevented adults from harming children.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, children were not housed in “cages.” They were processed and then taken to shelters, where they were given medical care, toiletries, education, recreation, and counseling, and where staff attempted to find relatives or sponsors to whom they could be released.

Democrats began tweeting images of “kids in cages” to condemn the Trump administration. Journalists, too, shared those images.

One problem: they were taken during the Obama administration.

Public outrage at the images led President Trump to end the policy, and require families to be detained together.

Democrats keep repeating the mistake, however: in July, they had to delete a tweet that used an image from the Obama era and cited the “inhumane treatment” of children by the Trump administration.

Republicans argue that not detaining illegal aliens is actually the cruel policy, because it encourages migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, often guided by cartels and smugglers.

As Breitbart News’ Alana Mastrangelo noted recently:

But what’s worse than “cages,” however, are reports of migrant children also being handed over to human traffickers during the Obama administration — while Biden was vice president — according to the New York Times. Between October 2013 and July 2015 alone, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries were detained by U.S. authorities.

It remains unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children were handed over to human traffickers — including sex traffickers — during that span of nearly two years, as those cases are reportedly not tracked.

“Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States,” reported the New York Times in 2015, during Obama’s presidency and Biden’s vice presidency. “Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery.”

Biden told voters in South Carolina last month that he would close all border detention facilities, guaranteeing that the migrant flow would continue.

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