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It is all about the money! Will Congressional Republicans save us, or not? (More money Part II)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 28, 2016

Update: Rally fizzles, pathetic turnout!  Click here for photos.

The Rally4Refugees  (aka Rally4Money) kicks off today in Washington and although organizers want to give the impression that this is all about saving the downtrodden of the world, they know and are working toward the goal of wringing more of your money, taxpayer dollars, out of you to expand their progressive power base, force diversity down everyone’s throats, and help bring a steady supply of cheap labor for their partners in the global economy.

[See my Part I, here, also about the money]

We can impotently holler and scream about the UN, about Obama, about Soros and Hillary, but we should be screaming at the Republicans in Congress and especially the leadership.

Obama cannot expand the numbers of refugees he wants for FY2017 without the accompanying money from you!

A week or so ago we told you that Obama is looking to get $2.2 BILLION appropriated for FY2017 for the Office of Refugee Resettlement alone.  The fiscal year begins October 1!

Congress and the power of the purse!

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We can scream and shout about the UN, Obama, Soros, and Hillary, but whether your town is spared becoming a new or expanded resettlement site depends on these two! Senator Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan.

When Congress returns after Labor Day, will Congress pass a ‘continuing budget resolution’ until a later date (past the November election)?

Will they address next year’s budget in the lame duck session following the election and after we know who will be our President in 2017?

Might they pass a continuing resolution until say March (giving a new President time to have some influence)? Or, they could pass a whole year’s budget in the lame duck.

We don’t know, but you can be sure that during those September days (before they leave to campaign in October) funding issues will be front and center for them.

The point I’m making is that your energy must now be placed on stopping the funding for refugee resettlement (or at minimum keeping it at last year’s level) when the contractors and those organizing that rally today will be putting all their time and energy (most likely using your money to lobby as well!) into expanding the funding levels to accommodate whatever crazy number Obama will announce at the UN in September. Go here and look at their postcard to Congress—it is about MONEY!

The nine federal resettlement contractors*** have no money if they can’t get it from you!

Again, Obama says he wants $2.2 Billion for ORR (in the Dept. of Health and Human Services) while the House Appropriations Committee has already weighed in and said, no. They propose keeping the funding at last year’s level.

See what they said here in the Appropriations Committee report earlier this summer (hat tip: Richard at Blue Ridge Forum).  The Committee recommends $1.6 billion.  The contracting agencies will have a much more difficult time trying to open all the new offices they have been talking about with money at last year’s level.

Editor: Remember as you read this that this is just for the Office of Refugee Resettlement and know that the State Department also pays out at least another $500 million directly to the contractors. Also, be sure to take note of the fact that the ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’ are now costing us almost one billion alone!

REFUGEE AND ENTRANT ASSISTANCE

    The Committee recommends $1,674,691,000 for Refugee and 
Entrant Assistance programs, which is the same as the fiscal 
year 2016 enacted level and $575,169,000 below the fiscal year 
2017 budget request.
    The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) programs are 
designed to help refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, 
and trafficking victims become employed and self-sufficient. 
These programs also provide for care of unaccompanied immigrant 
children in Federal custody and victims of torture.
    Within the total, the Committee recommends the following:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                            FY 2017
                   Budget Activity                         Committee
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Transitional and Medical Services....................       $490,000,000
Victims of Trafficking...............................         18,755,000
Social Services......................................        155,000,000
Preventive Health....................................          4,600,000
Targeted Assistance..................................         47,601,000
Unaccompanied Children...............................        948,000,000
Victims of Torture...................................         10,735,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Refugees and Unaccompanied Children

    Healthcare and Education Costs Related to Illegal 
Immigration.--The Committee is concerned with the significant 
healthcare and education costs to State and local communities 
resulting from illegal immigration. In addition, the Committee 
is concerned about the response time from previous inquiries on 
this matter; the Committee urges the Departments of Education 
and Health and Human Services to provide timely and informative 
assistance when requested. The Committee further directs the 
Departments of Education and Health and Human Services to 
provide all available Federal resources to assist State and 
local governments with these increased costs that are a direct 
result of Federal law or policy. The Committee further directs 
the Departments to provide a report to the House Appropriations 
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and 
Education, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and 
the Subcommittee on Homeland Security within 90 days of 
enactment on the costs borne by State and local governments and 
the Federal government for providing health and education 
services to individuals without legal immigration status. The 
report should cover the costs incurred over the course of 
fiscal years 2014-2016 and include projected costs for fiscal 
years 2017 through 2021. The report shall also include an 
accounting of what Federal resources have been directed and 
what Federal resources will be directed in each year to cover 
these added expenses.

Note above in blue—that is the Committee telling HHS something they want done! Such demands can be placed in Appropriations bills.  This is a good step, but it would be even better if it directed them to find out what the state and local costs are of refugees placed in your towns as well.

Republican members of the subcommittee responsible for the above are listed here.  Is yours among them? If so, thank them. Tell them this is a start!

Look for Part III this coming week.  So what is the US State Department asking for in FY2017?

***The nine federal resettlement contractors (participating in the rally for money today) are almost completely funded with your tax dollars:

12 Responses to “It is all about the money! Will Congressional Republicans save us, or not? (More money Part II)”

  1. […] Now go here where I previously reported on what the committee is recommending for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (in HHS), also well below the numbers needed to resettle 100,000 or 200,000 refugees. […]

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  2. […] don’t forget Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (who you see has an even more powerful role in your […]

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  3. […] they have run out of funds for the final weeks of this fiscal year.  If that is the case, it makes my point that money matters. No money=no […]

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  4. […] It is all about the money! Will Congressional Republicans save us, or not? (More money Part II) […]

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  5. Reblogged this on Kerberos616.

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  6. TwoLaine said

    Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha!!!

    It’s a TOTAL BUST! Looks EMPTY, just like ShrillBillary’s events.

    I hope it cost them more than they took in. 🙂

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  7. […] https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/it-is-all-about-the-money-will-congression… […]

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  8. Hello Ann, I have a friend who lives in Missoula, MT and I asked her if they threw out the welcome mat for the Syrians who arrived there. Her reply was this: Only thing about our refugees is that it won’t cost any money more for them to attend school, the language classes are all covered. “Kids just absorb like sponges and will be blended right in in no time”
    These residents are so stupid “they aren’t going to believe there are sharks in the water until one swims up and bites them on the ass.”
    I think something has happened, big influx of money, recently heard plans for school improvements. Gyms here, cafeterias there, and lots of technology. But increase in property taxes.!
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    There you go, something every American loves are increases of their property taxes to pay for all those luxuries.

    Harry

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  10. TwoLaine said

    No, they will not save us. Just like ShrillBillary, they are in hiding.

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  11. TwoLaine said

    “I went to church tonight with my daughter. The program made clear the sermon was organized around pushing globalism and open borders – encouraging people to think we would all stand together (with Islam, I assume) before Christ, holding hands and singing Kumbaya. My daughter and I left before the service started.

    I need to write to the pastor to explain my feelings about this. I bet the White House is reaching out to churches across the country before the election to prime congregations to support Hillary. What a stunning betrayal of American Christians to support an agenda pushed by a Christian-hating, Marxist radical Muslim president, who holds our nation in contempt.

    I had to write this somewhere. Any thoughts from anyone about what to say to the pastor? Globalism is, I believe, the system of the anti-Christ, though I am not that literate in Christian eschatology.”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/08/27/wheres-hillary-secretary-clinton-has-no-scheduled-events-until-sept-26th-debate-all-events-are-surrogates/comment-page-2/#comment-2874876

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    • domstudent11 said

      I don’t know what church you belong to, but LC-MS President had this to say about pastors and politics:

      “As Christian pastors, what can we preach during this volatile year? Should we openly support a particular party or candidate in our preaching? Of course not! Should we say, ‘If you vote for this or that person, you can’t be a Christian?’ Certainly not!…

      What can we preach? We can urge our people to be politically active and to stand in the public square for what accords with reason and the Ten Commandments…

      We must be quite careful not to coerce political activity. Coercion is not the business of the church. We must avoid in every way the impression that politics or controverted issues are front and center and the Gospel is set in the background. We must take care not to allow our politics (which may take positions on all sorts of issues about which the Word of God and the church are silent) to skew our theology and preaching!”

      There is more on the LC-MS online newspaper at http://blogs.lcms.org/2016/president-harrison-provides-a-lutheran-view-of-church-and-state.

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