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Re: Trump Dump: Internal Policy (Thread I)

Post by FaxModem1 » 2019-09-10 05:40pm

The Washington Post
Trump pushing for major crackdown on homeless camps in California, with aides discussing moving residents to government-backed facilities

People walk by homeless people in San Francisco on Aug. 23, 2018. (Mason Trinca for The Washington Post)
By Jeff Stein ,
Tracy Jan ,
Josh Dawsey and
Ashley ParkerSeptember 10 at 5:06 PM
President Trump has ordered White House officials to conduct a sweeping crackdown on homelessness in California, citing the state’s growing crisis, according to four government officials aware of the effort.

The planning has intensified in recent weeks. Administration officials have discussed using the federal government to get homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles and other cities and into new government-backed facilities, according to two officials briefed on the planning.

But it is unclear how they could accomplish this and what legal authority they would use. It is also unclear whether the state’s Democratic politicians would cooperate with Trump, who has sought to embarrass them over the homelessness crisis with repeated attacks on their competency.

Trump’s directive is part of his broader effort to target California and a number of major U.S. cities in recent months, including Baltimore and Chicago. He has complained about what he says are years of failed Democratic leadership that have led to sustained poverty and crime.


Top officials representing the White House and Department of Housing and Urban Development arrived in California this week for a round of meetings. A particular focus has been the “skid row” section of Los Angeles, officials said. The president is directly involved with the initiative, officials said, and has asked for updates.

Among the ideas under consideration is razing existing tent camps for the homeless, creating new temporary facilities, or refurbishing existing government facilities, two officials said. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning hasn’t been publicly revealed. The changes would attempt to give the federal government a larger role in supervising housing and health care for residents.

The talks are fluid and concrete plans had not been reached.

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Trump repeatedly assailed Democratic politicians in California over the state’s growing homelessness issue, which he has called a “disgrace to our country.” He has also criticized liberal-led cities such as Baltimore as “rat and rodent infested.”


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Speaking of failing badly, has anyone seen what is happening to Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco. It is not even recognizeable lately. Something must be done before it is too late. The Dems should stop wasting time on the Witch Hunt Hoax and start focusing on our Country!

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Planning also involves officials from the Department of Health and Human Services. An administration official cited the need to act based on “rampant diseases” as well as sewage problems.

A White House spokesman said Trump signed an executive order in June that pertained to affordable housing regulations, and that the administration is continuing to seek new solutions for homelessness. Trump’s executive order created a new White House council on eliminating “regulatory barriers” that White House officials believe increase the cost of building new housing. Developers have said these restrictions drive up prices on housing and limit the supply.


“Like many Americans, the President has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies . are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks,” said Judd Deere, the White House spokesman. “President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy.”

Housing experts say homelessness in California has risen alongside housing and rental prices. That problem has been exacerbated by cuts to federal support in grants for housing programs.

One Democratic congressman, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), criticized Trump’s push, saying “yet again this is bravado for Trump’s base with no interest in the actual policy experts’ recommendations to solve an issue.”

Breelyn Pete, an aide to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, told Politico that a “very large delegation” of Trump administration officials is in town to meet with the mayor’s office over the homelessness issue this week. Neither Pete nor the mayor’s office responded to requests for comment.


Trump previously hinted at potential unilateral federal action over homelessness, telling Fox News that he was “very seriously” considering acting on the issue.

“You take a look at what’s going on with San Francisco, it’s terrible. So we’re looking at it very seriously. We may intercede. We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up. It’s inappropriate,” Trump told Tucker Carlson in July. “Now, we have to take the people and do something. We have to do something.”

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Recovery workers searched for bodies Sept. 9 in areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. (Video: Zoeann Murphy, Whitney Shefte/Photo: Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)
California’s homelessness crisis has intensified. The number of families either sleeping on the streets or considered “under-housed” has “skyrocketed” for most major California cities, climbing by at least 25 percent over the past several years, said David Garcia, policy director at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Generally speaking, all the major cities have seen incredible increases. It’s a crisis,” Garcia said.

[Should people have a right to sleep on city streets? Texas joins national battle over urban homeless crisis.]

But the Trump administration may have already taken actions that have exacerbated the problem, critics allege, such as tightening immigrants’ eligibility for federal assistance, which risks putting more families on the streets, Garcia added.

California also lacks a “right to shelter” law that in other states gives homeless people temporary shelters, meaning a large percentage of California’s homeless population ends up sleeping on the street or in their vehicles, according to Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a nonprofit group.

Complicating matters, California has enacted a number of restrictive zoning laws that drive up the cost of housing by constraining the state’s supply, she said, although some state lawmakers are pushing to relax those limits.

“Skid Row” holds about 5,000 homeless people, an 11 percent increase from last year, according to statistics published in September by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

"Homelessness in California is absolutely a crisis that demands action from the federal, state and local level,” Yentel said, “but it’s hard to imagine the Trump administration is acting in good faith to solve it when they have made so many efforts in the last two years to worsen the crisis.”

The White House this year proposed cutting the HUD budget by 20 percent, eliminating the programs that build and preserve homes for the lowest-income people, Yentel said. It has also proposed cutting federal rental assistance for a quarter of a million families as well as evicting 55,000 children from subsidized housing.

Trump’s directive comes amid his feud with California politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who represents San Francisco.


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Trump called California a “disgrace to our country” at a rally earlier this year, and has fought with the state’s Democratic lawmakers over a number of issues ranging from homelessness to protections for immigrants.

At a rally this year, he said: “What they are doing to our beautiful California is a disgrace to our country. It’s a shame."
So, remember the Sanctuary Districts from DS9? Looks like Trump thinks of that as a good idea.
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Re: Trump Dump: Internal Policy (Thread I)

Post by FaxModem1 » 2019-09-12 08:37pm

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Trump Administration Officially Revokes Obama-Era Clean Water Protections
Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), delivers remarks on America's environmental leadership during an event with U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 8, 2019. The Trump administration plans to revoke an Obama-era regulation that provided federal protection to many U.S. wetlands and streams.
Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), delivers remarks on "America's environmental leadership" during an event with U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 8, 2019. The Trump administration plans to revoke an Obama-era regulation that provided federal protection to many U.S. wetlands and streams. Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images
BY JOHN FLESHER / AP UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 4:52 PM ET
(TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.) — The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.

Environmental groups criticized the administration’s action, the latest in a series of moves to roll back environmental protections put into place under President Barack Obama.

The 2015 Waters of the United States rule defined the waterways subject to federal regulation. Scrapping it “puts an end to an egregious power grab, eliminates an ongoing patchwork of clean water regulations and restores a longstanding and familiar regulatory framework,” Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler said at a news conference.

Wheeler and R.D. James, assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, signed the repeal document.


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Since enactment of the Clean Water Act in 1972, the federal government has gone beyond protection of navigable waterways and their major tributaries to assert jurisdiction over “isolated ponds and channels that only flow after it rains,” Wheeler said.

“As the scope expands, so too has Washington’s power over private property and the states’ traditional authority to regulate their land and water resources,” he said.

President Donald Trump had ordered the agencies to develop a replacement policy that has a more restrictive definition of protected wetlands and streams, leaving fewer subject to federal protection.

Environmentalists say the move would leave millions of Americans with less safe drinking water and allow damage of wetlands that prevent flooding, filter pollutants and provide habitat for a multitude of fish, waterfowl and other wildlife.

The Natural Resources Defense Council said the administration’s action would be challenged in court.

“The Clean Water Rule represented solid science and smart public policy,” the group said in a statement. “Where it has been enforced, it has protected important waterways and wetlands, providing certainty to all stakeholders.”

But Don Parrish, congressional relations director for the American Farm Bureau Federation, said the 2015 regulation that extended federal protection to many U.S. wetlands and waterways created uncertainty about where farmers could cultivate land.

“It would be great if farmers didn’t have to hire an army of consultants and lawyers just to be able to farm,” he said.

Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said the Obama rule was “an unconstitutional power grab that did nothing to advance good water management.”

The question of which waters are covered under the Clean Water Act has inspired decades of lawsuits and congressional debate.

A sharply divided Supreme Court in 2006 produced three differing opinions, leading the Obama administration to craft its rule. It provided federal oversight to upstream tributaries and headwaters, including wetlands, ponds, lakes and streams that can affect the quality of navigable waters.

The regulation drew quick legal challenges. Courts prevented it from taking effect in parts of the U.S.

Betsy Southerland, who was director of science and technology in EPA’s Office of Water during the Obama administration, said repealing its regulation would create further regulatory confusion.

“This repeal is a victory for land developers, oil and gas drillers and miners who will exploit that ambiguity to dredge and fill small streams and wetlands that were protected from destruction by the 2015 rule because of their critical impact on national water quality,” Southerland said.
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Re: Trump Dump: Internal Policy (Thread I)

Post by EnterpriseSovereign » 2019-09-13 01:37pm

FaxModem1 wrote:
2019-09-10 05:40pm
The Washington Post
Trump pushing for major crackdown on homeless camps in California, with aides discussing moving residents to government-backed facilities

People walk by homeless people in San Francisco on Aug. 23, 2018. (Mason Trinca for The Washington Post)
By Jeff Stein ,
Tracy Jan ,
Josh Dawsey and
Ashley ParkerSeptember 10 at 5:06 PM
President Trump has ordered White House officials to conduct a sweeping crackdown on homelessness in California, citing the state’s growing crisis, according to four government officials aware of the effort.

The planning has intensified in recent weeks. Administration officials have discussed using the federal government to get homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles and other cities and into new government-backed facilities, according to two officials briefed on the planning.

But it is unclear how they could accomplish this and what legal authority they would use. It is also unclear whether the state’s Democratic politicians would cooperate with Trump, who has sought to embarrass them over the homelessness crisis with repeated attacks on their competency.

Trump’s directive is part of his broader effort to target California and a number of major U.S. cities in recent months, including Baltimore and Chicago. He has complained about what he says are years of failed Democratic leadership that have led to sustained poverty and crime.


Top officials representing the White House and Department of Housing and Urban Development arrived in California this week for a round of meetings. A particular focus has been the “skid row” section of Los Angeles, officials said. The president is directly involved with the initiative, officials said, and has asked for updates.

Among the ideas under consideration is razing existing tent camps for the homeless, creating new temporary facilities, or refurbishing existing government facilities, two officials said. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning hasn’t been publicly revealed. The changes would attempt to give the federal government a larger role in supervising housing and health care for residents.

The talks are fluid and concrete plans had not been reached.

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Trump repeatedly assailed Democratic politicians in California over the state’s growing homelessness issue, which he has called a “disgrace to our country.” He has also criticized liberal-led cities such as Baltimore as “rat and rodent infested.”


Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
Speaking of failing badly, has anyone seen what is happening to Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco. It is not even recognizeable lately. Something must be done before it is too late. The Dems should stop wasting time on the Witch Hunt Hoax and start focusing on our Country!

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Planning also involves officials from the Department of Health and Human Services. An administration official cited the need to act based on “rampant diseases” as well as sewage problems.

A White House spokesman said Trump signed an executive order in June that pertained to affordable housing regulations, and that the administration is continuing to seek new solutions for homelessness. Trump’s executive order created a new White House council on eliminating “regulatory barriers” that White House officials believe increase the cost of building new housing. Developers have said these restrictions drive up prices on housing and limit the supply.


“Like many Americans, the President has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies . are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks,” said Judd Deere, the White House spokesman. “President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy.”

Housing experts say homelessness in California has risen alongside housing and rental prices. That problem has been exacerbated by cuts to federal support in grants for housing programs.

One Democratic congressman, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), criticized Trump’s push, saying “yet again this is bravado for Trump’s base with no interest in the actual policy experts’ recommendations to solve an issue.”

Breelyn Pete, an aide to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, told Politico that a “very large delegation” of Trump administration officials is in town to meet with the mayor’s office over the homelessness issue this week. Neither Pete nor the mayor’s office responded to requests for comment.


Trump previously hinted at potential unilateral federal action over homelessness, telling Fox News that he was “very seriously” considering acting on the issue.

“You take a look at what’s going on with San Francisco, it’s terrible. So we’re looking at it very seriously. We may intercede. We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up. It’s inappropriate,” Trump told Tucker Carlson in July. “Now, we have to take the people and do something. We have to do something.”

and resolve and comfort
Recovery workers searched for bodies Sept. 9 in areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. (Video: Zoeann Murphy, Whitney Shefte/Photo: Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)
California’s homelessness crisis has intensified. The number of families either sleeping on the streets or considered “under-housed” has “skyrocketed” for most major California cities, climbing by at least 25 percent over the past several years, said David Garcia, policy director at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Generally speaking, all the major cities have seen incredible increases. It’s a crisis,” Garcia said.

[Should people have a right to sleep on city streets? Texas joins national battle over urban homeless crisis.]

But the Trump administration may have already taken actions that have exacerbated the problem, critics allege, such as tightening immigrants’ eligibility for federal assistance, which risks putting more families on the streets, Garcia added.

California also lacks a “right to shelter” law that in other states gives homeless people temporary shelters, meaning a large percentage of California’s homeless population ends up sleeping on the street or in their vehicles, according to Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a nonprofit group.

Complicating matters, California has enacted a number of restrictive zoning laws that drive up the cost of housing by constraining the state’s supply, she said, although some state lawmakers are pushing to relax those limits.

“Skid Row” holds about 5,000 homeless people, an 11 percent increase from last year, according to statistics published in September by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

"Homelessness in California is absolutely a crisis that demands action from the federal, state and local level,” Yentel said, “but it’s hard to imagine the Trump administration is acting in good faith to solve it when they have made so many efforts in the last two years to worsen the crisis.”

The White House this year proposed cutting the HUD budget by 20 percent, eliminating the programs that build and preserve homes for the lowest-income people, Yentel said. It has also proposed cutting federal rental assistance for a quarter of a million families as well as evicting 55,000 children from subsidized housing.

Trump’s directive comes amid his feud with California politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who represents San Francisco.


Donald J. Trump

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Speaking of failing badly, has anyone seen what is happening to Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco. It is not even recognizeable lately. Something must be done before it is too late. The Dems should stop wasting time on the Witch Hunt Hoax and start focusing on our Country!

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Trump called California a “disgrace to our country” at a rally earlier this year, and has fought with the state’s Democratic lawmakers over a number of issues ranging from homelessness to protections for immigrants.

At a rally this year, he said: “What they are doing to our beautiful California is a disgrace to our country. It’s a shame."
So, remember the Sanctuary Districts from DS9? Looks like Trump thinks of that as a good idea.
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Re: Trump Dump: Internal Policy (Thread I)

Post by The Romulan Republic » 2019-09-26 10:20pm

Senate has shot down Trump's "state of emergency" declaration on the border, by which he has tried to do an end-run around Congress's Constitutionally-granted power of the purse and pilfer money from military construction projects to fund his racist vanity project.

Official House Democrats statement:

https://speaker.gov/newsroom/92519-0
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, and House Military Construction-VA Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today after the Senate voted to terminate President Trump’s national emergency declaration and save critical military construction projects:

“The Senate’s bipartisan vote today to terminate President Trump’s fake national emergency is an important step to saving the $3.6 billion of military construction projects in the United States and abroad that President Trump has canceled to pay for his border wall.

“These 127 projects are critical to protecting our national security and improving the quality of life of our servicemembers and their families. President Trump’s cancelation of these projects makes America less safe, disrespects military families, and dishonors the Constitution.

“Congressional Democrats have been clear: We will not give the President a blank check by backfilling the military construction projects he has canceled to pay for the border wall. The House’s appropriations bills clearly rule out backfilling. Efforts to instruct NDAA conferees to endorse backfilling are a political stunt to protect Republicans whose states and districts are hurt by the President’s abuse of power.

“The only way to ensure that critical military construction funding is used for its intended purposes is for Republicans to join us and vote to terminate the President’s fake national emergency.”
11 Republicans broke with the party line to vote it down. Sadly, that's not enough for a veto-proof majority, but maybe an indication that Trump and Moscow Mitch's Red Wall in the Senate is starting to crack.
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