The Economic Stimulus package – Blagojevich Provision

Included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which is now going to the Senate is the following provision:

SEC. 1112. ADDITIONAL ASSURANCE OF APPROPRIATE USE OF FUNDS.

None of the funds provided by this Act may be made available to the State of Illinois, or any agency of the State, unless (1) the use of such funds by the State is approved in legislation enacted by the State after the date of the enactment of this Act, or (2) Rod R. Blagojevich no longer holds the office of Governor of the State of Illinois. The preceding sentence shall not apply to any funds provided directly to a unit of local government (1) by a Federal department or agency, or (2) by an established formula from the State.

This was NOT an amendment,. So anyone who thinks Obama isn’t paying attention to Illinois corruption, should think again.

Sadly, our hapless Chicago journalists who don’t have an ounce of intellectual curiosity, never bothered to read this bill. I personally consider this news.

In addition, the bill also contains the following provision:

SEC. 1114. REQUIRED PARTICIPATION IN E-VERIFY PROGRAM.

None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to enter into a contract with an entity that does not participate in the E-verify program described in section 401(b) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1324a note).

I am writing my new Senator, Roland Burris, and requesting that the following language be added:

Amend this section to include penalties for employers who ignore this provision. Contractors should be held responsible for their subcontractors’ violations with fines per non-conforming employee. Subcontractors violating this section should be required to repay the agency that issued the funds, the total amount of funds spent on the salaries of the ineligible workers. Should they have insufficient funds to repay the agency, their assets should be seized and liquefied.

Social security should be given the authority and responsibility to notify the oversight agency of any social security mismatches. Recovery project employees should be flagged when verified to provide greatest oversight and transparency and assist Social Security in its reporting requirements. The oversight agency, if violations are found, should be required to notify ICE so appropriate actions can be taken in accordance with law.

I consider this important because, as we saw with Katrina, the contractors that got the recovery money from FEMA, hired illegals from El Salvador and Nicaragua, brought them into the country, put them up in mobile homes, and paid THEM to rebuild New Orleans, unemployed, devastated residents be damned. That should NEVER happen again.

Will it work? I don’t know, but you can’t get to Durbin, he has layers of staff, probably one for every year he’s been in office. Burris is new, and doesn’t want to run again. He’s also from Illinois so he knows exactly how lack of penalties in a bill or neglecting to spell out the responsibility of each agency involved, can lead to finger pointing, waste and the current of culture of  “I didn’t do nothin’ wrong, not my job.”

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One Response

  1. Illinois senate tells Rod Blagojevich to not let the door hit him in the butt on the way out

    Personally, I am going to miss this guy. He epitomizes the worst of Democratic politics.

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