Posted on : 21-08-2009 | By : Orion | In : Government, Observations, Political
Tags: chain emails, Laws, politics, Thoughts
I love debates. I just worry when things aren’t reviewed. Today I got yet another chain letter regarding H.R. 1388. The subject and title was “WAKE UP AMERICA!!!”
Wake Up America? Yes, please do and quickly!!
H.R. 1388 was passed behind our backs? What? By the way the bill is also entitled “The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, an Act to reauthorize and reform the national service laws.”
How could a HOUSE RESOLUTION get passed behind our backs? Did they (our elected representatives) get to vote on this? Yep. And it passed right in front of us on March 31, 2009 Roll call number 169 in the House Question On Motion To Concur in the Senate Amendments: H R 1388 Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act Take a look at the results here – http://www.opencongress.org/roll_call/show/5405
I’m amazed anyone would be against an act invigorating volunteerism and education but there were. Just not enough to keep it from passing right in front of us.
Oh, and that $20Million? It has nothing to do with H.R. 1388 nor does it say anything about migrating anyone to the USA.
Unlike the House Resolution it’s a short note so here it is:
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 2, 2009 January 27, 2009 Presidential Determination No. 2009-15 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related to Gaza By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (the “Act”), as amended (22 U.S.C. 2601), I hereby determine, pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the Act, that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza. You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register. BARACK OBAMA
And the kicker of it all is that the link at the very bottom of the chain email http://www.thefederalregister.com/d.p/2009-02-04-E9-2488 points the exact copy of what I’ve included above. I’m sure the original creator of the email figured if people saw the link they’s assume everything in the email was accurate so why bother to read for themselves.