Our favorite socialist superstar and newly minted leader of the Democrat party Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is at it once again.
This time she basically accused President Trump of not caring a whit about those suffering from the opioid crisis. Further she accused the President of not designating money to help those suffering from opioid addiction.
“💰 Amount President Trump has transferred from other agencies to fund his ‘Build the Wall’ Emergency: $10s of millions, & has identified billions more. 💰 Amount he’s transferred to address the Opioid National Emergency: $0” OCasio-Cortez tweeted.
💰Amount President Trump has transferred from other agencies to fund his ‘Build the Wall’ Emergency: $10s of millions, & has identified billions more.
💰 Amount he’s transferred to address the Opioid National Emergency: $0 https://t.co/KamONSr67q
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 8, 2019
Now I know you’ll find this shocking but the notoriously left wing Washington Post fact check operation actually looked into young Alexandria’s claim. Here’s what they found:
In the case of the opioid crisis, Trump in August 2017 acted on the recommendations of a task force on the crisis and “instructed his administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic,” the White House said. In October 2017, acting health and human services secretary Eric D. Hargan said that, at Trump’s instruction, he had declared a “nationwide public health emergency.” The declaration has been renewed five times.
Such declarations allow the HHS secretary to take a variety of steps, including using money appropriated for the Public Health Emergency Fund.
After the declaration, Congress appropriated more than $6 billion to combat the opioid crisis, including $4.4 billion in the fiscal 2019 spending bill. The bill included $1.5 billion in state response grants, $500 million for research, $475.6 million for prescription drug overdose prevention, $120 million for rural communities and $89 million for medication-assisted treatment for addiction; it also gave the director of the National Institutes of Health the ability to transfer funds “specifically appropriated for opioid addiction, opioid alternatives, pain management, and addiction treatment.”
Kudos to the Washington Post fact check operation for doing the right thing in this case.
The bipartisan SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was signed into law by @realDonaldTrump.
Facts matter. https://t.co/WWBSjMa5Xq
— A.P. Nehring (@AndrewNehring) March 9, 2019
The saddest part of this whole thing though is many believe AOC is correct, when she in fact is not:
.@AOC is right.
Cities like Baltimore, as we showed on @TODAYshow yesterday, need money *now* to stop people from dying of ODs.
A true national emergency POTUS must address.
A border wall, on the other hand, will save exactly zero lives from OD today. pic.twitter.com/2TOINLzxj5
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) March 8, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, truly the gift that keeps on giving, for Republicans. Keep talking AOC, keep talking.
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