House Overwhelmingly Passes Bill To End Obama Admin ‘Slush Fund’ -HR 5063

House Overwhelmingly Passes Bill To End Obama Admin ‘Slush Fund’ -HR 5063

–DOJ directed over $800 million in mandatory donations to activist groups.

Western Journalism
by Randy DeSoto September 7, 2016

 

The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday which would block President Obama from funding favored political organizations through penalties levied against banks.

The final tally of votes for the “Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016” (H.R. 5063) was 241-174, with five Democrats joining with all the Republicans present to approve the measure.

As reported by Western Journalism, the Obama administration once again appears to be employing extra-constitutional ways to get around Congress and fund many of its favorite organizations, some of which are engaged in political activities.

As reported by Western Journalism on August 29, 2016, the Obama administration once again appears to be employing extra-constitutional ways to get around Congress and fund many of its favorite organizations, some of which are engaged in political activities.

“The Obama administration once again appears to be employing extra-constitutional ways to get around Congress and fund many of its favorite organizations, some of which are engaged in political activities. The settlements include $5.1 billion from Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley, $3.2 billion; Citigroup, $7 billion; J.P. Morgan Chase, $13 billion; and Bank of America, the largest of them all, $16.65 billion. The administration then turns around and informs these banks they can pay down their penalties by “donating” to a list of approved organizations, on a better than two-for-one dollar basis.”

After forcing multi-billion settlements with most of the major banks in the country over mortgage practices, the Justice Department offered them the option of paying back some or all of the amounts owed on a better than a two-for-one dollar basis by “donating” to approved organizations, rather than remitting all the money to the U.S. Treasury.

For example, Bank of America donated “$1.15 million to the National Urban League, which counts as if it were $2.6 million against the bank’s settlement. Similarly, $1.5 million to La Raza takes $3.5 million off the total amount of ‘consumer relief’ owed by the bank,” the Wall Street Journal reported  August 28, 2016 .

“Combined, the banks must divert well over $11 billion into “consumer relief,” which is supposed to benefit homeowners harmed during the Great Recession. Yet it is unknown how much, if any, of the banks’ settlement money will find its way to individual homeowners. Instead, a substantial portion is allocated to private, nonprofit organizations drawn from a federally approved list. Some groups on the list—Catholic Charities, for instance—are relatively nonpolitical. Others—La Raza, the National Urban League, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and more—are anything but.

This is a handout to the administration’s allies. Many of these groups engage in voter registration, community organizing and lobbying on liberal policy priorities at every level of government. They also provide grants to other liberal groups not eligible for payouts under the settlements. Thanks to the Obama administration, and the fungibility of money, the settlements’ beneficiaries can now devote hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to these activities.”

“Many of these groups engage in voter registration, community organizing and lobbying on liberal policy priorities at every level of government,” the Journal noted. “They also provide grants to other liberal groups not eligible for payouts under the settlements. Thanks to the Obama administration, and the fungibility of money, the settlements’ beneficiaries can now devote hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to these activities.”

House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., introduced the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act in April, which prevents government officials from enforcing settlements that funnel money to third parties.

“Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, the Constitution is clear: Congress shall have the power to appropriate,” said Goodlatte in a House Judiciary Committee press release on Wednesday following the bill’s passage.

“The practices discovered within the DOJ must be stopped. The passage of this bill by the House ensures the recovered funds are used to benefit direct victims and not special interests, and brings accountability to the Executive Branch as a whole.”

According to the House Judiciary release, “the DOJ has used mandatory donations to direct as much as $880 million dollars to activist groups.”

In a related issue, the Obama administration announced earlier this year it will hand out over $7 billion to health insurance companies from fees collected through the Affordable Care Act as a means of mitigating the disastrous financial impact the legislation is having on them.

The only problem is the law authorizes a fixed share of those collected fees to be used for that purpose and the rest is to go Treasury’s general funds. The administration has handed over all the funds collected without obtaining authorization from Congress.

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Thankfully Goodlatte and others continued to hammer away on this. We are being hit daily with the ways and means this out-of-control executive branch is finding to drain the coffers and destroy this country. Now if only those in congress could pull up their pants and file papers for TREASON on all those involved starting at the top.

–Uriel–

 

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  2. Rifleman III says:

    Like too much of what congress does, it works great on paper, but let’s see what it does in the real world. I do not trust anything coming out of DC, or from the Uni-Party making these laws. Has to be some covert backdoor open to be pilfered or directing something ($), to someone.

  3. skip says:

    Why didth ey wait till the POS andt hugs are about out of power, this was done several years ago. More Smoke,Mirrors and lots of FLUFF from Paul and new Thugs.

    • Uriel says:

      Hi skip. Welcome to Hardnox. This bill is not so new actually. Remember all the hoopla at the first of the year over the pages of the 9/11 report. And last year O promised them the pages would not be published. All of that is tied to a 9/11 survivor lawsuit held up in court for the last several years. The court ruled in the survivor favor but when the Iran treaty crap was happening payments were stalled. It’s all part of the same chaotic mess.

  4. Hardnox says:

    This bill is kabuki theater so that those running for reelection will look tough to their constituents. That’s it.

    IF Congress had wanted to stop King Putt they could have easily done it using the power of the purse which is under the House’s purview.

    • Uriel says:

      Not sure I follow you on reasoning for this one Hardnox. How would power of purse change a legal determination for the citizens lawsuit?

      • Hardnox says:

        The House has always had the ability to stop Obama via the purse. Legally the WH can’t spend a dime. The problem is that they never bothered to stop Obama hence the kabuki theater.

        Further, the bill needs to be approved in the Senate and then signed by Obama for it to become law.

        Not gonna happen.

        • Uriel says:

          actually it already passed senate a while back and heading to obumski. They say it had enough support to override veto. guess we will see after Pelosi and O chew on the Dems.

      • Uriel says:

        umm ignore my comment lol mixing baskets here.