The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has voted to fund efforts to "enhance the border security" of Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia while moving to deny all funding to build walls, fencing or any other structures to enhance the border security of the United States.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her lieutenants have their priorities. To them, borders on the other side of the world are more important than our own.
On June 19, the House approved a massive spending bill. In an act of legislative polygamy, it "married" the appropriations bill for the Department of Defense to the appropriations bills for the Department of State, the Department of Energy, and the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated this monstrosity would cost taxpayers $984.7 billion in fiscal 2020.
Yet there is one thing on which this bill would forbid the Trump administration from spending one penny to accomplish.
On page 304 (of 650), it says: "None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act or any prior Department of Defense appropriations Acts may be used to construct a wall, fence, border barriers, or border security infrastructure along the southern land border of the United States."
A month later, the House Appropriations Committee sent the full House a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security.
This bill -- so far -- is unmarried and would cost taxpayers $63.8 billion.
President Trump had requested that it include $5 billion to use in constructing barriers at the border.
How much did the committee give him?
"No funding is provided in the bill for new physical barriers along the southwest border," said the committee report.
It also said, "The recommendation provides no funding for additional Border Patrol Agents."
Thus, the Democrat-controlled House is advancing discretionary appropriations bills that would spend more than $1 trillion in one year but provide zero dollars to build physical barriers to stop illegal aliens, human traffickers and drug smugglers from crossing our southern border.
Yet that does not mean the Democrat-controlled House is not planning to spend some money to enhance border security.
It just depends where the border is.
In that 650-page spending bill that prohibits Defense Department money from being used to defend the southern border of the United States, there is a section that creates a $1.295 billion fund for use by the secretary of defense.
"For the 'Counter-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Train and Equip Fund', $1,295,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2021," says the bill. "Provided, That such funds shall be available to the secretary of defense in coordination with the Secretary of State, to provide assistance, including training; equipment; logistics support, supplies, and services; stipends; infrastructure repair and renovation; and sustainment, to foreign security forces, irregular forces, groups, or individuals participating, or preparing to participate in activities to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and their affiliated or associated groups."
"Provided further," says the bill, "That these funds may be used in such amounts as the Secretary of Defense may determine to enhance the border security of nations adjacent to conflict areas including Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia resulting from actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria."
So, the secretary of defense could take a chunk of this $1.295 billion and give it to the government of Egypt to secure its border with post-Gadhafi Libya, where the Islamic State group, or ISIS, is active.
And he could give a chunk to Tunisia to secure its border with Libya.
Or he could give some American tax dollars to unnamed "irregular forces, groups, or individuals" who, someplace in this world, are "preparing to participate in activities" to counter ISIS, or at least groups that are "affiliated or associated" with ISIS.
But according to the House appropriations bills, President Trump cannot spend a penny to build structures at our own border to secure our own territory and our own people.
By contrast, the Republican-controlled Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a Homeland Security spending bill that does include $5 billion to build "pedestrian fencing" -- to stop people on foot and in vehicles from crossing our southern border. Also, that committee's defense spending bill does not prohibit the president from using defense money to build barriers to defend our own border.
It even includes a larger fund ($1.8 billion) than the House bill that, among other things, can be used "for enhanced border security" not only in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia but also in Oman.
We are now more than a month into fiscal 2020. The government is running on a continuing resolution that expires Nov. 21.
President Trump should deliver a simple message to Speaker Pelosi: He is not going to sign a spending bill that funds border security in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia but not California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
He should put America first -- even if Pelosi will shut down the government trying to stop him.
Who’s Obstructing Who??
I strongly recommend that the President direct Attorney General Bill Barr to subpoena Congressman Adam Schiff to a Federal Grand Jury so that the President can determine if Schiff is again fabricating, lying and Obstructing the President from carrying out his lawful duties(a felony) or is there evidence that rises to “High Crime or Misdemeanor” as the law requires. When Pelosi claims, as she will, the President is Obstructing Congress, then we can let the Supreme Court determine who’s Obstructing who!
Let’s Talk About Intent: Criminal Intent by a Congressman…
After she was elected to Congress but before she even took her oath of office, Rashida Tliab said, “I’m going to impeach the mother f**ker”, speaking of President Trump. When Congressman Schiff, said that he had personally seen evidence that the President committed “collusion” with Russia, to win the election, an impeachable offense, and that the evidence isn’t Direct Evidence or Indirect evidence but is “in between evidence” ( there is no such evidence, under our law), he out right lied to Congress, and the American people.
Both put their foot in their mouths when they made those public comments. What they did was to show a clear, predetermined intent to remove, interfere, and harass our duly elected President before and without ANY evidence. THAT is Criminal Intent to try to unseat a duly elected President without due cause! Schiff is so ignorant that he doesn’t know that collusion is not even a legal term used in the United States Code Book (USC)! Schiff then said the crime is obstruction, when he learned firing Comey was an Article 2 Presidential power he then turned to conspiracy. Again Schiff lives in a Fantasy Land World and gets his legal opinions from Tinker Bell, neither obstruction or conspiracy, are standalone crimes…there must be a substantive pending, prosecutorial investigation that was obstructed or conspired to violate. Again ignorant and intent on “getting” this President…but with no crime…no due cause. We heard more criminal intent evidence to illegally unseat a duly elected President by other members of the House and Senate…as reported on FOX, Schumer said he wants Trump impeached and reportedly said he doesn’t care if it’s legal or not, just get the ball rolling!
Omar, Presley, AOC and Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, also claimed the President must to be impeached…most recently, for “cover up”…but no crime is ever mentioned. Again there is NO Title 18 crime called the Cover-up Crime!
The common denominator with all these coconspirators in their obsession to unseat a duly elected President and NONE, not one single member of the House, Senate or Mueller team, after 2.5 years and 35 million dollars spent, can name a crime that comes close to an impeachable offense…no one…if you can…please cite Title and Section of USC!
The President, exercising his Article 2 powers of Administering his Foreign Policy and Chief Law Enforcement Officer, is NOT a crime as Mueller so eloquently stated ,when asked if the firing of Comey was obstruction…NO was the answer!
Finding out ,from Ukraine, if Joe Biden, as VP under Obama, threatened Poroshenko (as Biden admitted he did) is not only President Trumps responsibility, it is his Constitutional duty and the only person in the United States who is authorized to make such an inquiry…who else has that authority…John Kerry? !
Better yet, ask the respected Democrat, Constitutional, Law Professor Alan Dershowitz if anyone other than the President can administer Foreign Policy, besides the President and his designee!
The AG should subpoena Adam Schiff before a Federal Grand Jury to establish whether Schiff and Pelosi, et al are Criminally liable for threatening, harassing, interfering with a duly elected President without due cause. If they have a “high crime or misdemeanor” …spell it out under oath and to the GJ , if not then ask the GJ to return True Bills for Criminal Harassment, Treason, Espionage, Sedition, against the offenders!
They cannot impeach a dog catcher with the Fantasy Land, anonymous, non-testimony, Hearsay 2-3 times removed and Tinker Bell evidence. Schiff could not bring his whistle blower nonsense before Judge Judy in a small claims court for a $100.00 small claims case, she would throw it out! Ask Judge Judy, Schiff! Schiff plans to impeach this President with this “evidence”? Schiff and Pelosi will never impeach anyone with anonymous evidence!
If he can’t convince a GJ that he has impeachable high crimes or misdemeanors, ask them to vote for the crimes he/they actually did commit…Harassing the President with the intent to interfere with the Presidents’ ability to carry out the duties of his office.!!!
Schiff and Pelosi have stated that the Schiff lead, Intel Hearing is not an impeachment hearing but is a hearing to determine if impeachment is warranted. When they issued Subpoenas, in my opinion, they created a “criminal inquiry/hearing” where our Rule of Law and NOT special Fantasy Land, Schiff Impeachment rules apply. Therefore, due process was required and denied by Chairman Schiff. Due process requires that the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure be followed….you know, cross examination, subpoena power and attorney for the accused, who they say is the President, must apply…but was denied by Schiff. Another legal problem for Schiff that the President and his DOJ must look into.
You see, the ONLY “person” who can conduct a “legal investigation” with complete secrecy, no cross examination, no defense attorney, no defense subpoena power, sworn testimony” and then issue warrants for arrest and trial, is the President, his Executive branch, DOJ and the Grand Jury!
J.Gary DiLaura,FBI RED
Retired, Extremely Dangerous
Florida’s foray into developing hemp as a cash crop that will spur the creation of related processing and manufacturing industries in the state could get final federal approval in time for the 2020 growing season, officials say.
That timeline was firmed up Tuesday when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its Domestic Hemp Production Program rules.
With publication of the federal rules, states can now submit their proposed hemp regulatory plans to the USDA for endorsement and eligibility for a variety of new hemp programs.
“Today’s announcement by the USDA is welcome news to the many Florida farmers I have heard from who are excited to take advantage of this alternative crop,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said in a statement. “This keeps us on track for implementation of our state program ahead of the 2020 growing season.”
Congress approved hemp farming and product production in the 2018 Farm Bill, taking the plant off the federal Schedule 1 list of banned drugs. Hemp is a cannabis species with very low levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC found in marijuana.
After authorizing hemp pilot projects at the University of Florida and Florida A&M University in 2017, Florida lawmakers created the nascent state-sanctioned hemp program with the adoption of Senate Bill 1020 during the 2019 session.
Fried said the state’s draft rules under SB 1020 are finished and should be submitted to the federal government shortly after the public comment period ends Thursday.
She expects Florida’s hemp program to receive USDA approval no later then December, when her department will start processing applications so farmers can start getting seeds into the ground in time for the crop’s 2020 growing season.
Florida Cannabis Director Holly Bell has predicted the state will receive about 8,000 applications for cultivation permits with about 3,000 farm operations to qualify and start growing in January.
The state’s final draft rules approved Oct. 21 call for 12-month, non-transferable licenses. The rules place security measures on hemp as a “potentially invasive species” that could spread beyond where it's cultivated, and require growers to submit samples prior to harvest to check for THC concentration, which cannot exceed 0.3 percent. If it does, the state will require the entire hemp crop to be destroyed.
The draft hemp rules also require farmers to notify the state before harvests, and to ensure it is secure once cut. The transport of hemp products is also detailed.
Fried, a former cannabis corporation lobbyist, has been championing hemp as an alternate crop since she assumed office in January as the only statewide-elected Democrat in Florida.
In a speech to the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Future of Florida Forum in Orlando Monday, Fried reiterated her prediction that hemp would be a $30 billion industry in the state within a decade.
“I’ve compared it to the printing press, that that is the type of impact that it is going to have on our state,” she said. “It may take a couple of years. But I guarantee you, mark my words, that within 10 years that we are going to be known for hemp here in the state of Florida.”
Fried told the forum that for hemp to develop as a viable industry, it needs more than framers. Locally grown hemp, she said, could be a boon for entrepreneurs, manufacturers and processors of all types.
“Having industrial hemp here in our state is going to create a marketplace for products that we cannot only export to our neighbors in the rest of the United States but really create Florida-first, America-first products that we can export to other countries,” she said.
Despite Fried’s enthusiasm, all is not as rosy in the burgeoning hemp industry across the nation where harvest returns are not meeting forecasted profits.
According to Pennsylvania State University’s Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center, half of Pennsylvania’s hemp crop has no buyers, including 75 percent of the crop grown for CBD oil.
Hemp Industry Daily reported on Oct. 11 that half of North Carolina’s hemp farmers expect they’ll have to store harvested crops at great expense because it can’t be sold this season.
A September spot price index report by Hemp Benchmarks, a North American hemp market financial firm, indicated that some farmers selling 2019 crops are also trying “unload” 2018 harvests.
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