Crowdfunding Government? Interesting…
Donations fund the election of politicians. Now one politician wants to take up donations for the Big, Beautiful Wall that Congress refuses to fund.
A Republican Representative from Tennessee has introduced a new bill that would establish a dedicated fund at the US Treasury dedicated to holding on to donations from anyone looking to contribute to the completion of the southern border wall.
Act Announced on Twitter
Rep. Diane Black posted a notice on social media of the introduction of the bill, entitled the Border Wall Trust Fund which would create the account.
“Real immigration reform cannot be achieved without a secure border – @realDonaldTrump has been clear about this since day one. Today I introduced the #BorderWallTrustFundAct which would allow public donations to #BuildtheWall. Let’s get it done! “
In her press release, Rep. Black says that Democrats are blocking the “commonsense border security” that prevents conservatives from putting “America first.” It’s impossible to have effective immigration reform without an effective and secure border, and Donald Trump has known that since the start of the campaign and it was a major reason why he won.
Since the most important job of Washington is the protection and security of citizen, and that citizens may wish to put their pocket change towards the wall that Congress refuses to fund, they “absolutely should be given the opportunity [to contribute].”
“Americans know that President Trump is committed to protecting our nation for future generations, and we are ready to stand with him to build the wall.”
Details of the Trust and Wall
The bill is all of four pages in the style of the wave of pro-Trump candidates, which prioritizes using simplicity as a work-a-round. Here are some bullet point details:
- Donations made to the fund will be gifts without a tax credit
- There shall be a “commemorative display” at least one mile long to recognize those who donated to the Trust Fund
- The money given to the Trust Fund will be appropriated by Homeland Security and can only be used to “plan, design, construct or maintain a barrier along the international border between the US and Mexico,” with the funds being barred from any other use.
- Donations can be made online
If they put your name up on the wall at a certain dollar amount, then I know exactly what I want for my birthday this year.
Rep. Diane Black
Rep. Black has been a member of the US House of Representatives since 2011 after serving five years in the Tennessee Senate and seven years in the Tennessee House. Before that, she worked as a registered nurse.
Rep. Black is one of the two female members of Congress who prefer the title “Congressman” over “Congresswoman.” In the past she was criticized for supporting the temporary ban Trump put on seven countries, saying that Americans should “insist upon the most careful and cautious vetting possible for refugees from failed states and hostile nations and I commend the President for taking this duty seriously after the failures of the Obama administration.”
One year after the election of Trump, he praised her for coming through on the Tax Reform Bill. At the time, Rep. Black was on the House Ways and Means Committee, which introduced Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
At the press conference for the reveal, Trump pushed Paul Ryan out of the way to thank Diane.
“I called Diane Black and you came through, Diane.”
Poor Paul Ryan. He wouldn’t be so unpopular at Mar-a-Lago if he worked a bit harder to use his position in the House to Make America Great Again.
At the time, he said:
“Passing this bill is the single biggest thing we can do to grow the economy, to restore opportunity and help these middle-income families who are struggling.”
…as if he wasn’t an integral part of the resistance against Trump. But, the measure was approved 227-205. All Democrats voted against it, along with 13 Republicans including Rep. Tom McClintock. The Republicans who voted against the bill that would be signed at Christmas last year included one from North Carolina, five from New York, four from New Jersey and three from California. And with midterms coming up, it’s not a surprise to see that all of their districts are being focused in on by the Democrat Party.
Source: Townhall, Diane Black Official Government Website, Wikipedia, Tennessee Star