When will Joe Biden be impeached for breaking the budget rules?
Joe Biden’s first order of business was to kill tens of thousands of jobs and freeze billions of dollars set aside to fund Trump’s border wall between US and Mexico.
Biden put a freeze on money in violation of budget rules that are designed to give Congress control of dispersing cash.
The GAO (Government Accountability Office) is launching a review to determine whether Joe Biden violated the law.
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On his first day in office, Biden hit pause on billions of dollars set to be spent on his predecessor’s long-touted barrier between the U.S. and Mexico while his administration figured out next steps for the money. Now the Government Accountability Office is launching a review to determine whether the new president broke the law by freezing the money in violation of budget rules designed to keep Congress in control of the cash flow, the federal watchdog confirmed this week.
An unfavorable ruling from GAO would bolster Republicans in branding Biden as a rule-breaker as they blame him for the surge of migrants and unaccompanied children at the southern border. The pause on spending “directly contributed” to that flood of border crossers, Senate Republicans said in their plea last week for GAO to opine on the issue. More than 70 House Republicans followed Tuesday in asking for a GAO opinion, which the watchdog typically provides whenever a member of Congress requests one.
Remember when the Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump for *temporarily* freezing money that was allocated to Ukraine?
The White House says Biden’s freeze on funds without Congress’ say so is *different* because ‘the administration had to come up with a plan for spending the money.’
White House officials also argue that Biden didn’t violate the rules the same way Trump did because Biden’s pause on the money has been “public.”
In contrast, the White House argued, Trump tried to “secretly” freeze money to Ukraine – even though Ukraine actually received its money 3 weeks early.
The Senate Republicans who asked GAO to weigh in on Biden’s funding move said “billions in lawfully appropriated dollars … sit unused by the Biden administration,” which amounts to a violation of a 1974 law that curbs a president’s power to alter funding Congress provides. – Politico reported.