Hungry Schoolchildren get Billions in Nutrition Assistance in New House Bill

by: Brent Smith

As you’re reading this report regarding the wonderful stop-gap spending bill that was recently and overwhelming passed by the House of Representatives to avoid a shutdown, I’d like everyone to bear this in mind. It will make sense as you read on.

Most major cities across the country say they plan to start the school year remotely, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Newark, Nashville, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Arlington, Virginia, and Oakland, California.

In NYC, at best, most students can only attend in-person classes no more than three days a week.

In Connecticut, at least 12 schools have closed after teachers or students tested positive, and in New Jersey, at least six districts have said they will switch to remote-only instruction.

In other words, millions of kids will remain at home, remote learning. So why is that we need, “$8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families,” if they won’t even be at school?

And don’t blame the messenger, the Blaze, for reporting on it.

from the Blaze:

House passes bipartisan spending deal by a landslide, averting government shutdown

‘It’s not perfect’

The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan spending bill by a landslide late Tuesday night, which, if passed by the Senate and signed by President Donald Trump, will continue funding the federal government through Dec. 11.

What are the details?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced in a statement ahead of the vote that she had reached a deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Republicans for a continuing resolution that would “add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families.”

“We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corporation, preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout,” she said.

The Washington Post reported that the stopgap measure passed “overwhelmingly” in a 358-to-57 vote, noting that Republicans had rejected an earlier “partisan bill” put forward by Democrats the day before.

Not one Democrat voted against the legislation, but 56 Republicans did along with former GOP member Libertarian Justin Amash (Mich.).

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I Guess There’s Never a Good Time to be Fiscally Responsible

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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What a shocker. Congress’s last day in session for a month is this Friday and low and behold, we have a budget which must be passed before they leave, or the world will end … or something.

It’s the oldest trick in the book. Wait til the last minute. Then insist that we will default on our debt, grandma won’t get her new teeth and children will go hungry, but only children of color.

I guess what Mitch McConnell said is true. There will be no more government shutdowns.

On Monday Trump, by way of Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, and the leaders of both Parties got together to avoid another dreaded shutdown.

As if the last one was any big deal in retrospect. Remember at the beginning of 2019 – the world-ending, 35 day federal government shutdown. It went from December 22, 2018 until January 25, 2019. Recall the pain and suffering it caused all Americans?

Barely, you say? You’re not alone. Even just weeks after the shutdown ended, do we recall the follow-up reporting of ongoing or continued struggles of some 800,000 people that were affected? No? read more

Trump Suffers from Bad Advice

from Erick Erickson’s The Resurgent:

President Trump Did, In Fact, Get Betrayed by Congressional Republicans

The reality is that President Trump and the Republicans held the Congress for two years and did jack about a border wall. The reality is also that Republicans in Congress kept telling the President to wait. And on two occasions they got the President to move forward in ways that got him in trouble with his own base. First was the DACA deal in February of last year and second was the end of the year deal.

Congressional Republicans gave the President bad advice and ultimately did nothing to help him in his shutdown fight. They waited and waited and then let him know they were surrendering. It was Bob Dole all over again. read more

Video Podcast – Border Wall – Shutdown – Constitutional Crisis

by: Brent Smith at Common Constitutionalist

I have to admit that to a whole lot of people, Trump looks like he caved to Nancy Pelosi – because he did. The dems got what they wanted and Trump and we got nothing.

What did the dems get and what can Trump do now? And what will the democrats do to counter whatever he does.

This is all discussed. read more

Government Reopens – They Win – We Lose

from Conservative Review:

Trump announces short-term deal to reopen government with no wall funding. What’s his plan?

On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced an agreement between Republicans and Democrats in Congress to temporarily reopen the government without funding for a border wall.

Trump said he would sign a continuing resolution to fund the government at current levels for a few weeks without the additional $5.7 billion he’s requested as a down payment to construct parts of the border wall. He alluded to the legal authority to declare a national emergency to build the wall without new appropriations from Congress but indicated that he will not take that action today. read more

Don’t Back Down on Border Security

from the Resurgent:

Stand Fast, Mr. President

Democrats across America are currently declaring racist the very policies they supported under Barack Obama. It was not racist or immoral when he decided to add border barriers. It was not racist or immoral when George W. Bush did. It was not racist or immoral when Bill Clinton did. But Democrats are so invested in believing the worst about President Trump that they are willing to reject the very policies they supported only a few years ago. read more

WND Exclusive – ANOTHER COMPROMISE PLAN FOR THE WALL

by: Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

I’ve heard many conservative commentators and pundits speaking about Trump’s national emergency powers and how he should use them.

Top of the list appears to be this scenario.

Negotiations, if you can even call them that, have gone nowhere. So, it’s posited, Trump will appear to back down and agree to end the shutdown – after which he will then invoke his presidential authority under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, [50 U.S.C. 1601, 1621, 1622] and declare a national emergency on the border, secure funding from a number of government sources and get the wall built.

Rather, Trump should declare an emergency prior to signing an agreement to end the government shutdown. Anything less would be ill-advised. read more

WND Exclusive – OF CARAVANS AND WALLS

16 Days of government shutdown and still counting.

by Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

Well, the government is still shutdown. And all over a paltry $5 billion to partially fund more of the southern border wall, which, according to Democrats, is expensive, ineffective and immoral. Back in April 2017, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking with NBC’s Chuck Todd, said that all this talk about building a wall is just Trump admitting that he can’t control our border. Yes, like his predecessors did such a great job.

Meanwhile there’s a new caravan already on the move. The original estimated date of departure from Honduras was to be Jan. 15, 2019. But Mexico News reported that it was on its way as of Dec. 24.

It is said to be 15,000 strong. If this is anywhere near accurate, by the time the caravan makes it through Guatemala and El Salvador, it could be double that size. The interesting thing about this caravan is, according to sources, many have no plans to come to the United States. read more

National Parks are Trashed after 12 days of Shutdown

After only 12 days of the partial government slowdown, America’s National Parks are beginning to look like the streets of San Francisco.

from the Blaze: 

National parks brimming with trash, human feces as government shutdown continues

Overflowing garbage cans, human feces, and illegal off-roading are just a few of the problems plaguing some national parks where visitors are taking advantage of the lack of supervision during the partial government shutdown.

Park rangers and other staffers are among the more than 380,000 federal employees furloughed during the shutdown that is in its 12th day. read more

Video Podcast – I Agree with the President

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

The government shutdown is upon us. Has anyone noticed? No? Of course no one has noticed. It’s the weekend heading into Christmas. But the government “closes” every weekend and holiday. Yet somehow, we’re supposed to fear the shutdown, because somehow it’s different than the government just closing.

Trump was right to announce that we’re pulling boots-on-the-ground out of Syria. On that, I agree. I didn’t agree with how he did it. I explain why in segment two.

In segment three, I give advice to Trump on how he should handle the shutdown by explaining, via his bully pulpit and on national TV, why the border wall is so vital. As if he needs my advice. read more