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GOP Joins Effort To Equip Border Patrol With Body Cameras

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Two House Republicans from border states have begun to push appropriators to drop millions of dollars into a 2020 funding bill to make sure that Border Patrol agents are equipped with body cameras.

Arizona Reps. Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert penned a letter to the leading Democrats and Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Homeland Security, asking for an extra $21 million to be included in the chamber’s fiscal 2020 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

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“These funds will allow CBP to acquire body-worn cameras and deploy the exact same technology already used by our nations [sic] local law enforcement. The body-worn camera equipment is desperately needed to improve officer safety and transparency,” wrote Schweikert and Lesko, the latter of whom is ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security.

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The new urging comes less than two weeks after Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema asked her Senate colleagues to include the same block of funding for body cameras on federal law enforcement at the border.

In the Oct. 16 letter, Sinema described how law enforcement organizations across the country had employed the new technology, but the 60,000-person U.S. Customs and Border Protection within the Department of Homeland Security has not followed suit despite years of debate and internal research.

“Nationally, almost 300,000 state and local law enforcement officers have embraced the use of body-worn cameras, and more than 60 percent of all police departments nationwide have in-car cameras,” Sinema wrote in a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner. The Democrat-controlled House in June included $21 million for body cameras in the 2020 DHS appropriations bill.

CBP was sent an email request asking whether or not it wants to actually see this measure passed, but no answer was given. Earlier in October, the agency released a formal Request For Information for “Body Worn Cameras in Support of Incident-Driven Video Recording Systems,” which seems to indicate that it is seeking out a contractor should the funding be passed by the Senate.

As of now, neither CBP nor the White House have publicly approved of the measure.

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President Trump Calls On United Nations To Hold China Accountable For Causing Pandemic

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President Trump has come out and called upon the United Nations to step up to the plate and hold China accountable for causing the coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the globe, killing hundreds of thousands of people and almost leading to economic collapse for America and many other nations across the world. The president made his confrontational speech to the United Nations General Assembly in a recorded address a day earlier at the White House. The tone of his talk made it absolutely clear he’s not at all happy with China, the nation where this mess originated from. via Washington Examiner: His speech contained a list of accusations against Beijing, from allowing travelers to spread what he called the “China virus” around the world to polluting the oceans. “The Chinese government, and the World Health Organization, which is virtually controlled by China, falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” Trump said, calling on the U.N. to hold Beijing to account. “Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease,” he said. “The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions. China absolutely should be held accountable for causing this mess. There are a lot of theories out there that suggest this virus was created and purposefully leaked into the world. We don’t know if that’s true, but even if it isn’t and the whole thing was an accident, the Chinese Communist Party is responsible for all of the horrific loss of life and economic damage this has caused. As such, they need to step up to the plate and make this right. They need to take responsibility for their actions and their blatant failures to get the spread of this illness under control.

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Liberal Officials At State And Local Level Using Coronavirus Aid Money For Free College, Guaranteed Income

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State and local officials are taking full advantage of the millions of dollars they have received from CARES Act funding — before it reverts back to the federal government — by spending the money for many, many different kinds of liberal priorities, including free college, “Trunk or Treating,” or an experimental income program. The CARES Act has provided $139 billion for state and local governments. These payments have been used to fund a plethora of programs, including police budgets and utility assistance for struggling residents. And that is the sort of thing this money is supposed to go toward. Helping folks of all walks of life endure the hardships caused by the coronavirus and the subsequent shutdowns. However, liberals are using this money to support their own little pet projects and causes too. via Fox News: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is spending millions on free college for more than 600,000 essential workers. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell agreed to spend $629,000 to hire 15 community relations specialists. Democratic St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter recently announced a guaranteed income program for low-income families using $300,000 in CARES Act money but has received pushback from a fellow Democrat. Earlier in September, Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., wrote a letter to Carter expressing concern that the spending fell outside of federal guidelines and could be subject to recoupment by the U.S. Treasury. https://twitter.com/MayorCarter/status/1301936145585106944 It’s not at all surprising to see liberals take money that was supposed to be designated to help folks struggling in the wake of the pandemic closures for things they’ve always wanted to have the money to put in motion. What’s maddening is these same officials are already standing in line, hands out, begging for more money because there isn’t enough to actually help people in their communities because they misappropriated the…

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