While conservatives are flipping out over Trump singing the bloated COVID-19 relief bill, what many are failing to realize is that he slipped in this genius addition that could save the entire thing.
In his signing of the bill, Trump also enacted the Act of 1974, which forces Congress to either repeal the bill or cut the wasteful spending.
FYI Budget Update
-President Trump just invoked the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 while signing the COVID bill, allowing him to redline areas that must be addressed.
-This sends it back to Congress forcing them to 1) repeal 230, 2) cut out the wasteful spending, 3) add $2k.
— ⚡ Mαχιмυs 🔥 Uηceηѕoяed ⚡ (@Maximus_4EVR) December 28, 2020
Is there “risk” that comes with this move?
Of course, there is – sadly, nothing is ever guaranteed in politics.
Did President Trump invoke the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 as he signed the Covid-19 Relief Bill, forcing Congress to rescind section 230, cut wasteful spending, and to add $2,000 stimulus checks for all Americans? No, that’s not true: The Impoundment Control Act does not force Congress to do anything. It was passed in 1974 as a way to limit the president’s power to withhold the spending of funds approved by Congress in a budget bill. Congress can pass a bill within 45 days agreeing with the president’s requested spending rescissions, or it can just ignore them.
But, it’s better than nothing.
At least President Trump is TRYING to rein in these globalist spendthrifts and get more for the American people.
Could they simply ignore what he said? Yes. Will they likely ignore what he said? Depends on how boisterous the Ameican people get, I think.
As President I am demanding many rescissions under the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. The Act provides that, “whenever the President determines that all or part of any budget authority will not be required to carry out the full objectives or scope of programs for which it is provided, or that such budget authority should be rescinded for fiscal policy or other reasons (including termination of authorized projects or activities for which budget authority has been provided), the President shall transmit to both Houses of Congress a special message” describing the amount to be reserved, the relevant accounts, the reasons for the rescission, and the economic effects of the rescission. 2 U.S.C. § 683.
I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed. I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill.
I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers back to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and much more.
On Monday the House will vote to increase payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000. Therefore, a family of four would receive $5,200. Additionally, Congress has promised that Section 230, which so unfairly benefits Big Tech at the expense of the American people, will be reviewed and either be terminated or substantially reformed.
But it never pays to doubt Trump’s passion for “America First.” It’s what he’s built his entire political career on.
So, no, Trump didn’t “cave” to the swamp – he gave them an opportunity to do what’s right for the American people – let’s apply pressure to them so they have no choice but to do what’s right.
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