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Sat Sep 7, 2019, 09:46 PM

Trump Officials Threatened With Fines, Jail Time Over Illegal Spending During Shutdown

Two federal agencies illegally spent money during the record-setting partial government shutdown earlier this year, an oversight body has ruled, warning that future violations could result in penalties including fines and jail time.

The Government Accountability Office’s review followed an unusual decision by the Trump administration instructing agencies to continue funding a variety of functions typically suspended during a lapse in appropriations. As the shutdown dragged on and agencies were increasingly strained by a lack of resources, the administration diverted funds from their normal purposes to mitigate its impact. Those decisions led congressional Democrats to ask GAO, the agency tasked with enforcing appropriations laws, to investigate if any of the spending was improper.

In one legal decision, GAO said the Interior Department violated the Anti-Deficiency Act when it used recreation fees collected by the National Park Service to keep parks open and continue services such as trash collection and restroom maintenance. In another, GAO faulted the Agriculture Department for disbursing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits early during the shutdown.

More: Govexec.com

https://www.govexec.com/oversight/2019/09/trump-administration-threatened-fines-jail-time-over-illegal-spending-during-shutdown/159709/

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James48 Sep 7 OP
keithbvadu2 Sep 7 #1
More_Cowbell Sep 8 #3
MurrayDelph Sep 8 #4
MontanaMama Sep 7 #2
uponit7771 Sep 8 #5

Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2019, 10:09 PM

1. Trump/Pence did not find it necessary to pay our military Coast Guard members.

Trump/Pence did not find it necessary to pay our military Coast Guard members.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 12:08 AM

3. Yes, I live in a Coast Guard town

I bought a t-shirt as part of a fundraiser for Coast Guard families

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 12:53 AM

4. Me, too (pnw)

Gave to a fundraiser.

The city I live in has a LOT of Coast Guard housing, being used for young families.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Sep 7, 2019, 10:13 PM

2. JFC. Add it to the list

of their grifting and thieving...a list so long that it can never be fully investigated in my lifetime and certainly not before the 2020 election. Dems has better come back to Washington on fire ready to kick some ass.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sun Sep 8, 2019, 01:55 AM

5. K&R, "would result in fines of up to $5,000 and up to two years of imprisonment" fine they ass then

... they already knowingly and willfully broke the law.

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