SC delegation wants answers about immigrant children coming to the state

ANDREW SHAIN at TheState.com reports:

The eight Republican members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services asking about 350 undocumented immigrant children placed with sponsors in the state.

“We are troubled that this data is just coming to light and was not provided to Congress or our delegation in a timely and regular fashion,” the letter says. (Click to see the full letter under “related content”)

The six congressmen and two senators said they want know if the children are being housed at military installations and federally-contracted shelters in South Carolina.

They also want assurances that federal official will notify the state and the congressional delegation if more children come into South Carolina.

“I am extremely concerned that my office’s repeated attempts to request data about any and all placements in South Carolina was consistently met with misleading information,” U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-North Charleston.

“Throughout this process, we have continually been told by various Obama Administration agencies that no unaccompanied minors had been placed in South Carolina and that no plans existed to start those placements,” Scott added. “Clearly that information was wrong, and the administration must provide us the truth in answering today’s letter.”

CLick the link above to read more. Below is the letter (from Mick Mulvaney FB page).

July 29, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Call Congress about VA, Border, HTF, and Ex-Im.

For those of you interested in keeping up with Heritage Action Items: (Note: contact Katie Spee to receive these email directly, which will contain LINKS to some of the info discussed – katie.spee@heritageaction.com )

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This is the last week before August recess. With the info below, you have the power to influence Congress on some critical issues, as well as your community.

Weekly Call Notes (7/28/14)

The House and Senate are in session this week.

Veteran’s Conference Report: Over the weekend, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reached an agreement on a legislative “reform” package to address the controversy surrounding the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. While the official report has not yet been released, press reports indicate that the package will cost roughly $17 billion, including $10 billion in new emergency spending to create a new private care entitlement, $5 billion (offset by savings from other VA accounts) to be directed at administrative repairs, and $2 billion to expand VA eligibility for in-state tuition at public universities.

A recent CBO report predicted that this new entitlement provision—which would allow patients facing lengthy wait times to seek private care—is likely to encourage dramatic expansion of the veterans pool. In this case, the program, layered on top of the existing government-run system, would be projected to grow on autopilot into the distant future, running up a huge tab on the American taxpayer with no legitimate reforms attached. All Sentinels are encouraged to contact their members of Congress and demand a solution that does not use taxpayer dollars to grow a broken system.
>> Sentinel Brief: Massive New Veterans Entitlement.
Border Situation: Congress is hurrying to come up with a proposal to address the crisis at the border. Reports indicate that House Republicans are likely to move a package with less than $1 billion in emergency funding, with some minor reforms attached. It is unknown if the House plans to include language to end the President’s unilateral amnesty program known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Meanwhile in the Senate, Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) has introduced a $2.7 billion measure to address the situation (S. 2648), absent the necessary policy changes. No action is planned in the Senate this week.

Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst David Inserra has broken down the proposals of the House’s immigration working group, and noted that “the U.S. does not need to throw money at the problem but rather carefully consider the better policies that more effectively enforce the law and contribute to border security.”

Though pressure is strong to capitulate to the President’s emergency funding request, Sentinels must encourage members to keep in mind the context of said request. A recent estimate by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reveals that only $25 million of the President’s annual supplemental request of $4.346 billion will be spent this year. This finding proves that the Obama Administration has all the funding and resources it needs to respond to the illegal entries at the border. Moreover, over the last nine years, Customs and Border Protection has seen its discretionary spending level more than double from $5.2 billion in FY 2005 to $10.7 billion in 2014, with field operations enjoying the biggest spike.

Core funding is already in place. Congress should not be in a rush to surrender greater authority to a President determined to ignore existing law, but rather insist that any agreement include a full rescinding of the root causes of the crisis—foremost among them, the DACA program.

Highway Trust Fund: On Tuesday, the Senate will take up the $10.9 billion Highway Trust Fund bailout bill (H.R. 5021) that recently passed the House. The chamber will debate several amendments, including one from Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to return transportation authority back to the states via the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA). All Sentinels are encouraged to oppose any effort to bailout the Highway Trust Fund while supporting the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA).

Export-Import Bank: While several members continue to offer half-measures like “reforming” Ex-Im or offering pro-coal provisions along with its reauthorization, most have already realized that the only true solution is to allow Ex-Im to expire for good. This week, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) will conduct a hearing examining Ex-Im’s allegations of corruption and ethical negligence. These are merely the latest reports of the Bank’s wrongdoing and incompetence, imposed on taxpayer-backed deals that favor corporate interests at the expense of the American people. Only a brief window remains before Ex-Im’s charter expires and the crony institution can no longer operate. Sentinels should keep the pressure applied on Congress during the home stretch.

>> We are winning this fight against cronyism. Keep your calls, tweets to #EndExIm, and Facebook posts to your Member coming!

Sincerely,

Katie Spee
Regional Coordinator Southeast
Heritage Action for America
katie.spee@heritageaction.com

July 29, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Here is our Battleground Map, Spartanburg!

Big thanks to Bill Conley for facilitating a very productive precinct organizing meeting in Spartanburg on Saturday!!! Below is our battleground map. We have over 20 precincts that are currently UNorganized, which means we can go into those communities now and organize them prior to the Spring reorganization meetings.

We have hard copy walk lists.

We have walk lists you can access on your mobile device (ipad, iphone etc.)

We have handouts you can leave.

We have a sheet you can use to gather data, including emails which can be added to our County GOP email list.

We have an organization date – September 13, 10 AM at The Beacon for all our contacts to come and officially organize and elect their precinct officers.

You can also help those in the precinct you are working organized at a location IN their precinct if that is more convenient.

If you are willing to work to build a strong Republican party in Spartanburg County, and help find and network with the next generation of Conservative precinct delegates, CALL ME at 864.384.7558 or email me at info@spartanburgteaparty.org. We’ll pair you up with a team and get to work!

July 29, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Congress reaches tentative deal to help fix VA

Reported at FoxNews.com:

Excerpts:

The leaders of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees reached a tentative deal Sunday on legislation meant to improve veterans’ health care, by tackling such problems as delays for benefits and long waits for medical treatment concealed by secret lists.

Sanders proposed a bill last week that would cost about $25 billion over three years. Miller’s proposal would approve $10 billion in emergency spending.

Those proposals would have scaled back separate House- and Senate-passed bills after lawmakers in both parties expressed shock at price tags totaling more than $35 billion.

The proposals would still allow veterans to go to private doctors if they face long waits for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, or if they live more than 40 miles from a VA site.

The Obama administration says it needs about $17.6 billion to hire thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals, lease new facilities and upgrade its computers to reduce a backlog of veterans awaiting care at VA hospitals and clinics.

The administration’s request does not include money to allow more veterans to go to private doctors to avoid long waits for VA care. Expansion of private care was the biggest cost in the bills approved by Congress.

More info at the link above.

July 28, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Small business owner showcase – Double Eagle Gifts

If you’ve been attending our meetings you may have met Chris Pittman and his family – Chris, his wife, and adorable AND VERY WELL BEHAVED daughter! Yesterday I learned two things about Chris … He’s supportive of Spartanburg Friends of the NRA (who are hosting a banquet locally on September 4) and he is a small business owner with an usual company.

Double Eagle Gifts is where you can get original, hand crafted wooden gifts. I’ve looked at the website and WOW! Here’s some info for the site. Click the link to go look for yourself, and if you have occasion for a high-quality memorable gift, consider supporting a small business patriot!

Double Eagle Fine Handcrafted Gifts LLC was founded in Spartanburg, SC in 2010. Raised in his father’s cabinet shop, founder Chris Pittman brings over 25 years of woodworking experience to Double Eagle Fine Handcrafted Gifts LLC. Chris returned to his love of woodworking to provide fine handcrafted gifts that you and your family will enjoy for generations to come. When Chris started back into woodworking, he started with the puzzles and Christmas ornaments because he thought the puzzles would be fun for kids. These gifts are not like the mass produced products you typically see in stores. We use a variety of woodworking techniques when making our pens, ornaments and other handcrafted gifts. The three main woodworking techniques used are: scroll sawing, turning and carving. Each one of our gifts are handcrafted and individually numbered to ensure authenticity. No two pieces are exactly alike; each one is unique.

The name Double Eagle Fine Handcrafted Gifts LLC comes from two great loves of our founder. Chris loves this country and is proud to be an American. Since the bald eagle is our national symbol, it was a natural choice for the name and logo for this company. The other great love is golf. “Double eagle” is actually a golf term meaning a score of three under par for a hole. For example, a hole in one on a par 4 hole or a 2 on a par 5 hole would be a double eagle. Double eagle is a rare score in golf and Chris wants Double Eagle Fine Handcrafted Gifts LLC to be a rare company in terms of both customer service and product quality. Chris’ goal in starting this woodworking company was to provide each of his customers with handcrafted gifts that are of exceptional quality and value.

We want to hear from you. To give feedback, or to ask Chris to make something just for you, please fill out the form on the “Contact Us” page. Please take a look at all of our handcrafted gifts, from our pens to our ornaments, and experience for yourself the difference fine woodworking makes. Let Chris put his years of woodworking experience to work for you. We can custom design any of our other handcrafted gifts just for you.

www.doubleeaglegifts.com

and go “LIKE” the Facebook page here.

July 27, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

DSS Flush with Reserve Funds in Recent Years amid Caseworker Shortages

Rick Brundrett at TheNerve.org continues to investigate DSS issues in South Carolina.

At a Senate panel hearing Wednesday, the S.C. Department of Social Services’ deputy director said it would cost $10 million to hire 202 staffers to reduce child-welfare caseloads statewide that have received heightened attention with recent child deaths.

But DSS in recent years has accumulated millions of dollars in reserves, The Nerve found in a review of state budget records, raising questions about why money wasn’t spent earlier to hire more caseworkers and if the agency needs to wait until next year to ask lawmakers for more funds.

Records at the Office of State Budget (OSB) show that the agency routinely carries over millions every year in “other” funds. The agency carried over $17.61 million, $32 million and $17.49 million in other funds into fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively, according to OSB’s annual detail base budgets, commonly referred to as “the brick” because of its massive size.

Those records show millions of other fund revenues have been collected annually under numerous categories, including, for example, categories labeled “General Operating Contribution,” “Misc Transfer – Other Funds,” “Misc Revenue,” “Alloc From Counties,” and “Allocation From St Agencies.”

In addition, DSS carried over nearly $4.8 million in general funds into the start of last fiscal year – a huge jump compared to the $400,832 carried over into fiscal 2013, according to records at the state Comptroller General’s Office.

At Wednesday’s hearing before the Senate’s DSS Oversight Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken, Jessica Hanak-Coulter, the DSS deputy director, said the starting salary for a child-welfare caseworker is $31,000, The State newspaper reported.

Based on that salary, the department could hire about 155 caseworkers assuming it could tap general fund reserves of $4.8 million, The Nerve’s review found. Close to 550 caseworkers could be hired at that salary if the agency had at least $17 million available in other fund reserves.

It is uncovering facts like this that has earned SC state agencies the ongoing mistrust, and often scorn, of voters and residents.

Click the link above to read the rest of Rick’s investigation.

July 27, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

We Will Not Conform – ENCORE July 29

If you planned to attend the Glenn Beck/Freedomworks Common Core event last Tuesday but were unable, there is an encore event this Tuesday July 29.

CLICK HERE for more info and to buy tickets, there are showings in Greenville and Simpsonville.

Freedomworks has produced an 18-page Draft Action Plan for activists to use to fight Common Core. CLICK HERE to see the Plan. If you RIGHT CLICK once you get there you can “save as” a PDF file so your computer.

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Spartanburg Friends of NRA Banquet September 4

Our friend Chris wanted me to share this event with you!

The new Spartanburg Friends of NRA will host its inaugural banquet on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM. This 501(c)3 (non-political) arm of NRA supports The NRA Foundation, and half the money raised on Sept. 4th will remain right here in SC. Since its inception, the Friends of NRA program has raised over $530 million for Boy Scouts, disabled shooters, law enforcement, youth hunters, and other important groups.

Tickets are $35 in advance, and a limited number may be available at the door for $40. Sponsorships and group tables are also available.

For more information, please contact Spartanburgfriendsofnra@gmail.com.

The event will be at:
Summit Pointe
805 Spartan Blvd.
By Westgate Mall And City Range
Spartanburg, SC 29301

CLICK HERE for the Friends of the NRA South Carolina website.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets, find out more about the event and download an event flyer to share.

July 26, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Did the Dems KNOW the subsidy was ONLY for the States? (They Did)

Phil Kerpen is the BOSS. If you are on social media and don’t follow him either on Facebook or Twitter you should.

At American Commitment.org Phil reveals a hard truth. The Dems NEVER thought that subsidies were provided by the Federal exchanges. They ALWAYS intended those subsidies to be merely for the State Exchanges. And this week’s ruling blew that up.

Here’s an excerpt, read the entire story at the link above.

The language in the Obamacare statute has always been crystal clear. Eligibility for the “affordability tax credit,” or subsidy, under 36B specifically requires enrollment “through an Exchange established by the State under 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Identical language appears in the definition of a “coverage month” later in 36B, and every, single place subsidy eligibility is mentioned in the law.

States would, drafters of the law assumed, just have to go along and create state exchanges to get the money. It never occurred to liberals that some states would consider stopping the massive flow of taxpayer-funded subsidies (and the employer taxes, 30-hour workweek, and associated penalties that come with them) a good thing. No, every state would jump at the chance to get all that federal money.

Moreover, Congress hadn’t appropriated a penny for the federal exchange because they assumed it would never actually be created.

… this week, when one court had the temerity to say the law actually is what it plainly says, Gruber was apoplectic. “Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states,” he said on MSNBC.

And now we know it was all a lie. An elaborate ruse. Another fraud piled on top of all the other Obamacare lies and frauds. Gruber understood exactly what the law said and meant from the beginning. When he was writing it. And now there’s video proof.

“What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits,” Gruber said in an accurate, straightforward explanation of what the law actually says. “I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges.”

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

Peter Suderman at Reason.com has another instance of Gruber telling the truth…

On January 10, 2012, in a speech at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Gruber said that “by not setting up an exchange, the politicians of a state are costing state residents hundreds and millions and billions of dollars….That is really the ultimate threat, is, will people understand that if your governor doesn’t set up an exchange, you’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars of tax credits to be delivered to your citizens.”

With audio…

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Mick Mulvaney Interview re: House plans for border

This interview took place today just minutes after Mick got out of House meeting on the border issues.

July 25, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments