HUD’s “Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice” 2020 which Biden Admin Aims to Overturn, Comment Deadline July 12 2021

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The text of HUD’s “Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice”, which does a good job of outlining what is at stake, is found further below, after some relevant observations. It suggests that the 2015 proposal, which the Biden Admin want to reinstate, was intentionally vague and confusing. This appears to be the case for the Biden Admin proposal, as well: “At a livestreamed conference, just weeks before it was unveiled, speakers discussed how AFFH would radically remake American suburbs and localities, even though the rule “sounds very obscure.” One participant remarked: “Perhaps it’s important to keep it sounding obscure, in order to get it through. Sometimes obscurity is the best political strategy.” 

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‘Very Pro-Vaccine’ Congressman Has Message For Biden’s ‘Door-To-Door’ Outreach: ‘Back The F- Off’

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Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) tore into President Joe Biden during an interview on Friday over the administration’s push to go door-to-door to get as many Americans vaccinated as possible, saying that the administration needed to back off.

Roy told RealClearPolitics that his “dad had polio” and he grew up watching his dad “live a life ravaged” by that disease.

“I’m very pro-vaccine,” Roy said, adding that it was “a great blessing” that a vaccine ended polio and that he was “delighted” that the disease no longer impacted people.

“Likewise, I’m delighted there are millions of people who are able to avail themselves of a [coronavirus] vaccine that they believe, in their calculation, is good for them and their well-being,” he added. “That is great.”

“I’m just sick and God-darn tired of the left, and this government, dictating to me, frankly, anything at all,” Roy said. “Back the f- off. That’s my message to the White House.”

Roy predicted that the political left would “lose their ever-loving collective mind” and call him “an anti-vaxxer” when the truth is that he is “a big believer in freedom.”

The remarks come after President Joe Biden said this week, “We need to go to community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood and, often times, door-to-door, literally knocking on doors to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the Biden administration would be sending “strike forces” into communities to get people vaccinated.

“We’re continuing to press to reach it and we will in the next couple of weeks for adults over the age of 18,” Psaki said. “But our work doesn’t stop there and we are going to continue to press to get 12 to 18 year-olds vaccinated, to continue to work with communities where there’s lower vaccination rates. That’s one of the reasons we initiated these strike forces to go into communities and work with them to determine what they need. To take a localized, specific approach that works with elected officials in communities.”

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, also slammed the Biden administration for the push. “Door-to-door vaccine checks on Americans are a blatant abuse of government authority and a pure power play by the Biden administration,” Biggs said. “The federal government has no right to track the private health information of Americans or to intimidate people into getting the vaccine.”

In a letter to the administration, Biggs said that the administration’s decision was “deeply disturbing and violates the privacy of Americans.”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) also called out the Biden administration on Twitter after Biden made his remarks.

“How about don’t knock on my door. You’re not my parents,” Crenshaw tweeted. “You’re the government. Make the vaccine available, and let people be free to choose. Why is that concept so hard for the left?”

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Massachusetts Legislative Committees Consider In-State Tuition, Driver’s Licenses, Non-Citizen Voting | Federation for American Immigration Reform

David Jaroslav State & Local Legislative Manager

Committees of the Massachusetts state legislature have been busy in the past few weeks hearing in-state tuition, driver’s licenses and non-citizen voting bills that give significant new benefits to illegal aliens at the expense of the state’s citizens and legal immigrants.  However, the committees have yet to vote on any of these bills. 

In the past, similar bills have passed out of committee but have not been considered by the full Senate or House. While they would likely be vetoed by Governor Charlie Baker (R), the question remains whether the legislative chambers could muster the two-thirds supermajorities needed to override a veto. 

In-State Tuition

On June 8, the Joint Committee on Higher Education considered Senate Bill (S.) 823 and House Bill (H.) 1352 that would extend in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities in Massachusetts to illegal aliens.  Right now, there is no uniform statewide policy, leaving the decision to individual schools.  These bills would allow illegal aliens to qualify for the in-state rates if they’ve attended a Massachusetts high school for three years and either graduated or received a GED.  The Senate bill would exempt the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Law School and Medical School from this requirement.

The committee also considered a bill, H. 1348, sponsored by Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica), that would ban public institutions of higher education statewide from providing in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens. 

Providing in-state tuition would benefit illegal aliens tremendously.  UMass Boston charges $14,697 for in-state students and $35,159 for out-of-state students for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Even at Fitchburg State, one of the more reasonable schools for tuition, illegal aliens would be able to attend for $970, the in-state rate instead of paying $7,050, the cost for out-of-state students.

Newton resident Henry Barbaro of the Massachusetts Coalition for Immigration Reform and other opponents of illegal immigration testified in opposition.  Barbaro called the idea unfair to American citizens and legal immigrants and asked, “[w]hy would anyone go through the bother of legally immigrating to Massachusetts when they can sidestep the process and gain the same benefits?”

Seventeen states currently grant in-state tuition to illegal aliens.

Driver’s Licenses

On June 23, the Joint Committee on Transportation considered two bills to authorize illegal aliens to receive Massachusetts driver’s licenses and ID cards, S. 2289 and H. 3456.  The bills allow illegal aliens to provide a wide variety of documents to establish identity but the requirements are easily susceptible to fraud.  Moreover, the bills prohibit the Registry of Motor Vehicles from keeping copies of these records, in order to prevent federal immigration authorities from accessing and using them. 

A driver’s license is useful to create an appearance of lawful presence and serves as a virtual passport to the nation, opening many doors that would otherwise be unavailable. In addition to giving an individual the ability to travel freely throughout the country, it is also used for countless other purposes like registering to vote and applying for government benefits, as well as for establishing bank and credit card accounts.

Illegal aliens possessing driver’s licenses also pose a national security threat and frustrate the purposes of the REAL ID Act. Nineteen of the 9-11 hijackers had nearly thirty driver’s licenses between them. 

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson (R) has repeatedly testified against similar bills in previous sessions, including at a 2019 marathon hearing in the legislature’s largest hearing room, where he said “passing these bills will make it even easier for criminal illegal aliens to evade law enforcement and victimize law-abiding U.S. citizens and Massachusetts residents … Making illegal immigrants eligible for official Massachusetts driver’s licenses is not only wrong, but it’s reckless.  It will have a negative effect on the public safety of the people of the commonwealth.”

House Minority Leader Bradley Jones (R-North Reading) likewise condemned the bills as “wrong policy” and “rewarding people that are here illegally.”

Supporters of the bills claim they now have momentum and the support of a majority of members in each chamber.  However, they still do not appear to have a supermajority in either chamber which would be needed to override a veto. 

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, most recently joined by Virginia in 2020. 

Non-Citizen Voting

Finally, also on June 23, the Joint Committee on Election Laws heard dozens of bills regarding elections, but most notably several that would allow non-citizen voting in local (but not state or federal) elections.  From narrowest to broadest:

  • H. 832 by Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton) would amend the Northampton city charter to allow for non-citizen voting for local elections in that city;
  • H. 828 by Rep. David Rogers (D-Cambridge) would create a process by which any city or town could adopt non-citizen voting for its local elections, without requiring further authorization from the legislature;
  • S. 465 by Sen Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and H. 770 by Rep. Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge) would allow non-citizen legal immigrants over 18 to vote in local elections in any city or town statewide.

A small handful of localities across the country have non-citizen voting for some local elections, and no state has a statewide mandate for it like in S. 465 and H. 770.  Most recently, the Vermont legislature overrode Gov. Phil Scott’s vetoes of two bills that authorize non-citizen legal residents to vote in local elections in the cities of Montpelier and Winooski.

‘Capitalism Without Competition Isn’t Capitalism. It’s Exploitation.’ Biden Signs Another Executive Order, Targeting Big Tech

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On Friday, President Joe Biden signed yet another executive order titled, “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy.”

“Today, I’m going to be signing shortly the executive order promoting competition to lower prices, to increase wages and to take another critical step toward an economy that works for everybody,” Biden said at the White House.

“The heart of American capitalism is a simple idea: Open and fair competition. That means that if your companies want to win your business, they have to go out and they have to up their game,” Biden said. “Let me be very clear: Capitalism without competition isn’t capitalism. It’s exploitation.”

“Without healthy competition, big players can change and charge whatever they want and treat you however they want,” Biden continued. “And for too many Americans that means accepting a bad deal for things you can’t go without. So, we know we’ve got a problem, a major problem. But we also have an incredible opportunity.”

There are multiple policy areas laid out in the order.

“The order seeks to juice competition in broadband by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to reintroduce a so-called ‘nutrition label’ for internet service providers that would give consumers more clear information about a provider’s services,” explained CNN. “It calls for the FCC to restrict early termination fees and to ban exclusivity deals that currently limit apartment buildings and other rental units to only one Internet provider.”

The order also directs the FCC to restore “net neutrality” rules imposed under the Obama administration “that would prohibit them from selectively blocking, slowing or speeding up websites.”

Looking to rein in Big Tech, the order also “establishes an administration-wide policy to scrutinize mergers more heavily, including completed mergers.” 

“We have to get back to an economy that grows from the bottom up and the middle out,” Biden said. “The executive order I’m soon going to be signing commits the federal government to full and aggressive enforcement of our antitrust laws. No more tolerance for abusive actions by monopolies, no more bad mergers that lead to mass layoffs, higher prices, fewer options for workers and consumers alike.”

The order also includes the creation of new rules on data collection and the prohibition of “unfair competition in online marketplaces,” as well as pushing for the “right-to-repair” which would stop technology manufacturers from suing independent repair service providers.

“This order affirms that it is the policy of my Administration to enforce the antitrust laws to combat the excessive concentration of industry, the abuses of market power, and the harmful effects of monopoly and monopsony — especially as these issues arise in labor markets, agricultural markets, Internet platform industries, healthcare markets (including insurance, hospital, and prescription drug markets), repair markets, and United States markets directly affected by foreign cartel activity,” the order states. “It is also the policy of my Administration to enforce the antitrust laws to meet the challenges posed by new industries and technologies, including the rise of the dominant Internet platforms, especially as they stem from serial mergers, the acquisition of nascent competitors, the aggregation of data, unfair competition in attention markets, the surveillance of users, and the presence of network effects.”

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Tell the Senate: Follow the House Lead and Protect Wild Horses!

Tell the Senate: Follow the House Lead and Protect Wild Horses!

As you know, the American Wild Horse Campaign has spent the last several months diligently working with our partners on Capitol Hill to ensure that the interests of wild horses and burros are represented during the FY 2022 Appropriations process. We are happy to announce that the House Interior Appropriations Committee has released a draft bill that includes important language championed by AWHC and U.S. Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN), Dina Titus (D-NV), and over 40 other House members. 

If passed, the legislation will require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to:

  • Implement a substantial humane reversible immunocontraceptive fertility control program to manage wild horse and burro populations in the wild.
  • Evaluate relocating wild horses and burros to other Herd Management Areas (HMAs) to avoid removals and keep these animals on the range where they belong, and create a task force within the Interior Department to address wild horse and burro management. 
  • Review the “Adoption Incentive Program,” (AIP) which was recently exposed by AWHC and the New York Times as a pipeline to slaughter for hundreds of these federally-protected animals. 
  • Maintain the ban that is intended to protect wild horses and burros from slaughter.

It’s an important step toward ending the current costly and cruel practice of rounding these animals up with helicopters and incarcerating them in holding pens for life. And now our focus is on the Senate to adopt the same language.

So please, contact your Senators right now and urge them to support this important language. 

1. Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators. You will likely be asked to leave a message. Simply say:

“I’m a constituent, and I’m calling to ask that you please support and do all you can to ensure passage of language in Interior Appropriations that was offered by Senator Booker to promote humane, cost-effective management of wild horses and burros in the wild where they belong. This language would allocate $11 million of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program budget to fertility control.”

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