Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Biden Can’t Divert Appropriated Funds When Trump Can

In another example of the consequences of conservative court packing and the appointment of hyper-partisan or inexperienced judges, a Trump-appointed federal judge had recently ruled against the Biden administration for diverting funds, which is interesting because when Donald Trump, President Biden’s insurrectionist predecessor, also diverted funds the conservative majority on the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Trump administration raiding appropriated money.

The Constitution says, “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in Consequence of Appropriations made by law.”

The Supreme Court used a provision allowing the Trump diversion because after Democrat-controlled congress voted for funding, and Trump signed that bill into law, a day later Trump then declared an emergency to start taking essential military funding to pay for his pet projects on the border. 

The lower courts in that case had ruled against Trump, pointing to the law in question stating that Trump could not take already appropriated funds because the only allowable circumstances would be “based on unforeseen military requirements ... and in no case where the item for which funds are requested has been denied by the Congress.”

So one would think that Biden was okay to also divert funds, right?


Trump Judge Drew Tipton claimed the suing states, Texas and Missouri (which is not a southern border state) has proven they have suffered damages from Biden’s diversion because they have given out drivers licenses or provided education or healthcare to undocumented migrants. 

So to be clear, it is okay when Trump takes money from the military to protect the whole of America but if an undocumented immigrant wants to drive then that is not allowed.

Just another instance of blatant conservative partisan hypocrisy.