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President Trump Seizes Obama Slush Fund, Gives Millions Back To Taxpayers

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Since President Trump has been in office, he’s scuttled a number of Obama slush funds, saving us millions in doing so. Every time he does something like this, a little more of the corruption that was so rampant under Obama is wiped away. Obama hid things like this all over the place. People and entities were making money in a myriad of ways that straddled the legal boundaries by doing so. So, every time President Trump trips across one of these caches of ill-gotten gains, he does all he can to return the money to the taxpayers. I don’t know about you, but I love that.

The Trump administration announced yesterday that it was ending what looks to be an illegal Obama-era rule allowing unions to collect dues from state subsidies intended for home health workers, including family caregivers. It’s another slush fund and millions are being given back to hard working Americans thanks to President Trump. Federal law prohibits states from skimming money from Medicaid payments bound for independent in-home personal care workers. But Obama changed that in 2014. He created an exception, saying that states could divert some Medicaid money to unions. The corrupted theory was that these workers effectively were public-sector employees. This is how Obama twisted the law to serve his purposes and enrich his cronies.

Eleven blue states utilized the provision to raise more than $200 million a year for unions by taking it from health workers who often didn’t even realize it, according to top GOP officials. That’s called theft in my book. I’d be furious over it. Included in the list of states are California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Illinois. Illinois is now at the heart of SCOTUS rulings that strip power from organized labor. Republicans are pointing out that the Obama administration exception violates the federal Social Security Act, as well as the rights of home health workers. It certainly does. No doubt about it. Just when you think unions can’t get anymore corrupt, they outdo themselves with the help of Obama.

Thanks to President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have begun the formal process of proposing a new rule to roll back the Obama regulation. “The law provides that Medicaid providers must be paid directly and cannot have part of their payments diverted to third parties outside of a few very specific exceptions,” Tim Hill, who is the acting director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, said in a statement. “This proposed rule is intended to ensure that providers receive their complete payment, and any circumstances in which a state does divert part of a provider’s payment must be clearly allowed under the law.”

GOP Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, stated that, “Union dues skimming diverts Medicaid funds from the very people that the program is supposed to help.” Exactly. This is a rule that Republicans have fought against and tried to get rid of for a long time. It is unethical and illegal. In a statement, Johnson said that he would continue to monitor Medicaid funding, “I applaud the Trump Administration for taking the first steps to rein in this abuse. My committee will continue to conduct oversight of CMS’s stewardship of Medicaid funds so that American taxpayers can have confidence the funds flow to those in need.”

In 2014, a Supreme Court ruling stated that home health workers couldn’t constitutionally be required to pay union agency fees because they were not public-sector workers. However, dues skimming by the unions continued unmolested under Barack Obama’s protection of the unions. Now, the unions’ illegal skimming is being shut down by Trump. Last month, the Supreme Court dealt another tough blow to organized labor in Janus v. AFSCME, which held that nonunion public workers could not be forced to pay agency fees to public-sector unions, either. Bummer for the communist unions.

Fox News stated: “It had long been illegal for unions to force non-members to pay for their explicitly political activity, but the Supreme Court’s ruling extended that prohibition to the payment of the agency fees, saying even those expenditures amounted to unconstitutionally coerced participation in the political activity of collective bargaining.”

SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, is not happy over this. They called Trump’s action over this a “broad, coordinated attack against working people,” and said it would hurt minorities. No, it won’t. It takes ill-gotten monies back from the unions and gives it to those that earned the money. “The proposed CMS rule, combined with the Janus ruling, are two more efforts by the Trump Administration and billionaire-funded special interest groups to silence a workforce comprised of 90 percent women, most of whom are women of color, and to reduce the power of working people by making it more difficult for them to join together in a union to fight to ensure that our loved ones can get the care they need to live at home with dignity,” read a statement by Melody Benjamin, who SEIU said is a home care worker. That’s sheer propaganda.

President Trump is not only cleaning out the swamp, he’s cleaning up Obama’s corrupt mess he left behind. This is yet one more instance of that. The unions may kick and scream, but their days of stealing from workers instead of protecting them are just about over.

 

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This story originally appeared on WeBuildTheWall.news & was edited & republished with permission:

Sounds like a humanitarian and a national security crisis to me and I’m not the only one who sees it that way. Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls just declared an emergency in his city due to what he said was the strain caused by the incoming flow of migrants. The agents and authorities are simply being overwhelmed and swarmed by these invaders.

1,800 came over the border in one day… one day! Half of those detained on Tuesday crossing over from Mexico were found in the El Paso, Texas area, according to officials. Border patrol said more than 980 were apprehended before 5 am after crossing in three large groups. Yuma is having just as rough a time of it.

Mayor Nicholls went public with this on Facebook. He explained that he “proclaimed a local emergency” in the city “due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system.” And it’s not just the sheer numbers of illegal immigrants… it’s the economic burden, the crime, the drugs, the danger to children and disease that is playing into this massive emergency state.

Nicholls is begging the government to step in and do something here. I don’t blame him in the least. They need help and fast. “I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid,” the post said. Here’s a thought – ship all of them to sanctuary cities just as Trump proposed. Works for me. Better yet, don’t let them in at all unless they come here legally.

From Fox News:

“Nicholls, in a video, laid out his reasoning behind the declaration, saying that he ultimately feels that its what’s best for both Yuma and the incoming migrants.

“So it’s with a heavy heart that I declare that we’re at this point but it is something that I believe we need to do to make sure that our community is maintained and that the human rights of all the migrants are also maintained and that we have a path forward that respects both,” he said.

“The city of Yuma, Ariz., also tweeted about the proclamation, citing Nicholls, claiming that released migrants were coming into the area faster than they were leaving.

“The move by the local official comes after President Trump declared a national emergency at the nation’s southern border earlier this year.”

“The transportation network is just insufficient to keep up with demand,” Nicholls said. “And the backlog of people staying at the shelter has created this capacity issue.” The media and the left are playing it up that the poor illegal immigrants don’t have money for bus fare to go to relatives while they await their court date. But the issue here is that they should not be here in the first place.

Now, the city is hoping for a FEMA response. In signing the declaration, Nicholls said he hopes to draw national attention to the plight of local communities struggling with a federal issue, adding that he’s talking to officials in other border cities and calling on them to issue similar emergency declarations. The mayor stated that he had spoken to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who signaled his support for the declaration.

Today I proclaimed a local emergency in Yuma, due to the migrant family releases overwhelming the local shelter system. I am calling upon the federal government to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yuma, as our NGO’s are overcapacity and cannot sustain providing this aid. I signed the proclamation of emergency and soon after spoke with media at approximately 3:15 pm (MST). You can view via the video below:

Posted by Douglas Nicholls, Yuma Mayor on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

“We will review any declaration once we receive it,” according to a statement Tuesday night from Patrick Ptak, a Ducey spokesman. “Ultimately, this humanitarian crisis is the result of Congress’ failure to act. It will only be solved by Congress actually doing something, and the governor has vocally urged Congress to quit playing politics and take action. If only they would.

“In the wake of their inaction, our office is working with local governments, non-profits and our federal partners to maximize available resources and ensure proper coordination between ICE officials and groups providing temporary services to migrants.”

Nicholls fears hungry migrants roaming the streets. He should fear much worse than that. “This isn’t a natural disaster,” Nicholls said. “But it is a disaster.”

“… the local emergency exceeds control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of the City of Yuma and requires the combined efforts, cooperation, and resources of the Yuma community including local and non-profit agencies such as the Red Cross, Catholic Community Services, The Salvation Army, Yuma Community Food Bank, churches, the County of Yuma, the State of Arizona, and the United States of America,” the statement said.

It’s long past time for the wall to be built and We Build The Wall should start their project this month. Meanwhile, President Trump is still scratching and fighting for every mile of barrier put up. Put the blame of all this where it belongs… squarely on the left. #WeBuildTheWall

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