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Janice @jskielb3
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1/Even those who oppose DJT admit there are ways he can “unspend” omnibus appropriations. PP & sanc cities may come to mind if you read this article. @Cara_TXZEAL @UrUnpaidPundit @Zxcote @ljcljf @MsTriaI @_VachelLindsay_ @Known__Unknowns @unseen1_unseen…
2/“For keeping money unspent, the key agency is the Office/Management &Budget (OMB), &the management officials under OMB in each agency.”
3/“The OMB Director, Mick Mulvaney, is a very savvy veteran of budget issues, &he will have management officials in important agencies who implement his directions. For this approach, the key is sophisticated work in the shadows.” No leaks!
4/How DJT can NOT spend omnibus appropriations (cont):”It includes taking heed of nuances between whether the appropriation provides that the funds “shall” be spent or just “may” be spent & asserting the power not to spend funds saying “may” because they are discretionary.”
5/“Another method is 2”transfer” funds from 1 appropriation item 2 another 1, which can be a big change that puts a whole program out/business.” Say, from unspecified military spending to army corps/engineers’ work on the border #Wall ?🤔
6/“It may include “reprogramming” funds within an appropriation item, more fine-tuned than transfer, moving funding from 1 activity (allocation) 2 can...starve some program that is out of favor.” I can think of a few!
7/ I’ve RTed a few articles connecting the military and the border #Wall since the omnibus passed, initially as a quasi-conspiracy wishful thinking thought experiment. But thanks to the magic/Twitter, the idea is already heading mainstream.
8/I agree the #omnibus is a crummy piece/legislation, showing skewed priorities & wastefulness. But given what DJT has been able to pull off in the last year & a half, it would not surprise me if he has gamed out how 2 work around, thru, & past the omnibus 2 continue 2 #MAGA /End
Addendum/“OMB apportions funds 2fed govt agencies &depts on quarterly, annual or other periodic basis....Investment appropriations (e.g., procurement &military construction) are usually apportioned on an annual basis.”…
Addendum2/And @POTUS signals that yes, the military may be building the wall.😌
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