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Archive for April 6th, 2018

News from Representative Thomas Rooney

April 6, 2018

Dear Friend,

Recently, Congress passed and the president signed H.R. 1625 – the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which is often referred to as the “Omnibus” into law. I believe passing the latest Omnibus Appropriations Act will make a real difference to my constituents. The bottom line is without it, places like Florida’s 17th District would be worse off.
In the hyper-partisan Congress of today, gridlock is common. Compromising on virtually any major piece of legislation is nothing short of a miracle. Because we do not have a supermajority of 60 votes in the Senate, we have to compromise. That is unless we get rid of the filibuster, which I support, but that is not the reality we live in.
To break the stigma of inaction and get something done, Republicans and Democrats must find a middle ground. People from both sides might not get everything what they want – but that’s what gets 60 votes.
And so while the bill wasn’t perfect, it was too important for Florida for me to let partisan rhetoric – or an “all-or-nothing” attitude – dictate my vote.
I worked on the 12 bills comprising the Omnibus to direct your tax dollars to programs directly benefiting Florida, from tripling funding for school security to securing unprecedented levels of funding to find a cure for citrus greening.
That’s right: I did read the bill, because I sit on the committee that wrote it.
The truth about our national debt is two-thirds of our total government spending goes to programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and U.S. interest payments. These programs – unconnected to the Omnibus – run on autopilot and on unlimited funds. They are the real drivers of our national debt, but no one had the courage to talk about entitlement reform because it plays poorly.
Tackling this issue is something Congress cannot continue to ignore – but that, too, is an effort which will require compromise.
I fought to ensure my district’s interests are represented in the Omnibus. When faced with the choice of shutting down the government or shepherding these victories through, I chose the latter.
A little-known fact is that our local firefighters and police officers are often paid through federal grants like the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants or the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) program.
Last year, places like Polk County secured a $4 million SAFER grant and used that money to hire 30 firefighters. Byrne JAG grants provided federal funding to Polk County to train and equip police officers. This bill provides more funds for these programs – and in my mind, more firefighters and police officers in our district is a good thing.
Road improvements like the widening of US-98 stand a better chance of becoming a reality if they receive federal funding. This year there’s a lot more money to go around – $1.5 billion in transportation grants – and at least 30 percent of these funds are required to go to rural communities like ours in Florida’s 17th District.
Florida’s growers and ranchers have been dealing with catastrophic damage from Hurricane Irma. Their losses have been great – over $2.5 billion sustained from Irma alone. For the citrus industry, Irma hitting on the back of citrus greening couldn’t have come at a worse time.
This year’s Omnibus provides an all-time high funding level for citrus health research programs, which are critical in the fight against citrus greening disease. It also clarifies how USDA should administer the recently-enacted $2.3 billion disaster relief program to help growers all over the state recover. Without this funding, our farmers may never bounce back from Irma.
If I can send my sons to school each day knowing they are safe, I won’t think about what I didn’t get in the Omnibus. And if I can still drive across our state and still smell citrus blossoms, I’ll know I did all I could to protect and fight for Florida’s Heartland.
Here’s the truth, ladies and gentlemen: Getting other members from other states to care about your district is tough – and it’s my job to make sure my constituents are not overlooked.
If I didn’t support this bill and joined others threatening to shut the government down, Florida’s 17th District would be left with a smaller piece of the pie. And if your representatives aren’t acting in your best interests – by being your voice and voting for your needs – then they aren’t doing their job.
Thank you for taking the time to read this note. Should you have any questions about this bill, or about the Congressional Appropriations process, my legislative staff in Washington, D.C. would be happy to discuss the programs in the bill with you.
Keep the faith,
Tom Rooney
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Our soldiers have been deployed to defend many countries. Now it’s time for them to defend our own

The Military Can Secure the Border and Build the Wall


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The Military Can Secure the Border and Build the Wall

The United States has 14,000 troops in Afghanistan, 39,000 in Japan, 34,805 in Germany, 23,000 in South Korea, and around 5,200 in Iraq. Our military protects the borders of countless nations.
Except our own.   In 1919, we had 18,500 soldiers on the border. “Twice a day every foot of the border line is patrolled by cavalrymen and infantrymen,” the New York Times noted.   A hundred years later, President Trump’s proposal to use the military to secure the border is controversial even though Marines fighting drug cartels have come under fire from drug smugglers.
El Salvadoran migration has inflicted 207 murderers on this country. The migrant caravan threatening to invade this country includes migrants from El Salvador. Some of them may be MS-13 members. The Pueblo Sin Fronteras caravan of 1,000 migrants is the product of an alliance between international leftists and migrant invaders. Their goal is the invasion, colonization and occupation of America.
And the only ones defending us against them are the members of an outnumbered border patrol, threatened by both drug cartels on the other side of the border and sanctuary states in this country.   That’s why President Trump is mobilizing the troops to do the job that the Democrats won’t do.   “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military,” President Trump said.   Some of the same politicians who oppose withdrawing our forces from Syria also oppose sending troops to secure the border. But which should be a higher priority?
If an enemy army were invading South Korea, our soldiers would swing into action. But the United States has already been invaded. The invaders have occupied and seized control of state governments, including California, while declaring that their rebel cities will defy Federal immigration law.
They mean to do the same thing to the entire country. Their DREAM is the end of America.

From fighting Indian raids to the banditry of Pancho Villa, the military has always secured the border against invasions out of Mexico

From fighting Indian raids to the banditry of Pancho Villa, the military has always secured the border against invasions out of Mexico. The military was our defense against the “Plan of San Diego” terror waged by Mexican racists who vowed to seize control of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Colorado, liberate the “proletariat” and execute all “North American over sixteen years of age.”   And yes, the military can even “build the wall”.
Joint Task Force North’s military engineers have already built 62 miles of road, and border fence construction. There’s no reason why its anti-terrorist and drug smuggling prevention mission can’t be expanded to include securing the border with a wall and other impassable physical barriers.   Presidents have taken action against urgent illegal migrant threats before.   “Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower, good president, great president, people liked him. ‘I like Ike,’ right?” Donald Trump said during a primary debate. “Moved 1.5 million illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border. They came back. Moved them again beyond the border, they came back. Didn’t like it. Moved them way south. They never came back.
Operation Wetback was fantastically effective in clearing illegal aliens out of California and Texas.

Posse Comitatus Act

Under General Joseph Swing, who had done everything from hunting Pancho Villa in Mexico to going up against the Japanese in the Philippines, the INS caught, detained and deported over a million illegals. Wetback had been based on the Operation Cloud Burst plan, which would have used a presidential proclamation to authorize the use of military force if the Army had not been tied down in Korea.

Some commentators have claimed that the Posse Comitatus Act would prevent the use of any military forces other than the National Guard on the border. But securing the border against foreign invaders (as opposed to domestic law enforcement directed against citizens) has always been a military matter.

Furthermore the military is already authorized to operate in areas where drug smuggling occurs.

Stopping illegal migrants does not subject “citizens to the exercise of military power”. If the military does not supplement ICE, but directly secures the border, there would be no Posse Comitatus issue.   But the law also permits the use of military force to “prevent disruption of Federal functions”.

Sanctuary states like California have disrupted the functioning of immigration law and have even passed laws prohibiting citizens from cooperating with Federal authorities. 10 U.S.C. 332, “authorizes use of the militia and Armed Forces to enforce Federal law when unlawful obstructions or rebellion against the authority of the United States renders ordinary enforcement means unworkable.”   America can’t afford any more border security theater when we need actual border security results

The unlawful obstruction of immigration law by sanctuary cities and states has made ordinary enforcement unworkable. The rebellion against the authority of the United States must end.   10 U.S.C. 333 further, “authorizes use of the militia and Armed Forces when domestic violence or conspiracy hinders execution of State or Federal law, and a State cannot or will not protect the constitutional rights of the citizens.” That’s the current state of affairs in California and elsewhere.   Californians are being robbed, raped and murdered by illegal aliens because their government not only refuses to protect their constitutional rights, but criminalizes cooperation with immigration authorities.   Deploying the National Guard would be a helpful start. But hopefully it won’t end there.
Any forces deployed to the border must have the authority to stop anyone illegally crossing the border. Either that or they must be part of a wall construction effort. Obama and Bush had already deployed the National Guard as a show of force. But a show of force by forces unable to do anything is a farce.   America can’t afford any more border security theater when we need actual border security results.   Our cities are being overwhelmed, our borders are unreal lines on a map and the terror is coming home. Every day we are losing more of our country. The San Diego Plan envisioned the invasion and capture of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Colorado. Over a century later, it’s becoming a reality.   The military can be used to secure the border as it has been since its existence. All we need is the will.
President Trump is right to call for using the military to guard the border. He’s right to contemplate using the military to build the wall. It’s been done before and it can be done again. The residents of terrorized border towns, the angel dads and moms of Americans murdered by illegal aliens, the sheriffs and other law enforcement officers, and the struggling ICE agents are waiting for military backup.
Our soldiers have been deployed to defend many countries. Now it’s time for them to defend our own.

IT IS THE DECAY OF SOCIETY THAT IS THE PROBLEM, NOT THE GUNS!

THE BEST ARGUMENT AGAINST GUN CONTROL EVER!!

‘MUST WATCH!!’ N.C. man schooling city council about gun control WINS Twitter

I’M THE MAJORITY!!!!

Law abiding gun owners have had it with the liberal deflection of blame after
horrible crimes are committed often merely in the name of trying to score
political points instead of actually solve the problem. Here’s one gun owner
dropping some heavy truth on the Greensboro N.C. City Council:

FOX & friends   @foxandfriends

“I’M THE MAJORITY” -Proud gun owner makes impassioned plea to his city council to listen to law-abiding citizens in gun control debates pic.twitter.com/rWfmAPdIf9

THE BATTLE OF ATHENS: RESTORING THE RULE OF LAW – A REAL INCIDENT IN AMERICA

Every student at the Gun Control Rallys  led by anti Constitutional leftist adults, many teacher union leaders, should be required to see this true event.

This is an exceptional forward that I hope you take a few minutes to view this short video to the end. It is based on a true incident in our history and is just as applicable now as then and when our Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment.

Battle of Athens, TN, Aug 1-2, 1946

This is a film production, but the incident really did happen. Athens is about 20 miles north Cleveland, Tenn.

 This is the real reason why we have the 2nd Amendment.

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