Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was a surprise pick to be Joe Biden’s running mate. Why so? Biden has, for decades, been the “poster boy” for the Moderate wing of the Democrat Party. Going into his presidential bid this year, he has painted himself as a consummate Moderate. But Americans have watched as the former Moderate has allowed the far-left of his party to pull him away from the neighborhood of Mr. Rogers to the neighborhood of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Waren. He had to get their support.
There’s a problem: Democrat Party leadership is uncertain any far-left Democrat can win the White House right now. So what do they do? They prop-up the picture of Uncle Joe as the “forever-Moderate” to sell to the American people. And they think they can.
But this Democrat Party is anything BUT Moderate.
“If Democrats are no longer Moderate, what are they?” The Democrat Party is running quietly yet as fast as possible to the Far Left in American politics.
“Americans are not ready for the Truth.” That’s where this Democrat Party is in their thinking. Their conundrum in looking at this election cycle caused them to make some hard choices: how to retake full government party control by making voters think Democrats are all Moderates without letting voters know they aren’t.
Democrat Party leadership is not playing a “short game:” they are playing the long game.” The game is called “Who will control the World politically.” It’s not just the United States.
What does that mean?
In the next few days, TruthNewsNetwork will unfold a bit at a time the plan of the Democrat Party in tandem with others to control World Politics.
We’re NOT going to give you any conspiracy theories. We’re not going to play a blame game. We’re going to present to you facts through documents, audio files, video files, the words of particular people that support every bit of information we give to you. And it starts right now.
Yes, it Begins with Kamala Harris
I dropped my glass when I heard ABC’s George Stephanopolous portray Kamala Harris as a “Moderate.” Any American who pays any attention at all knows she’s is certainly not that.
We’re not drawing broad and unsupported conclusions. We are basing those statements on facts: facts of her legislation and political history. Let’s take a look at just a few of her legislative “offerings.”
Democratic running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is one of the busier senators when it comes to introducing congressional legislation. Her 54 bills introduced in 2019 tied for 19th-most among all 100 senators, while her 52 bills introduced in 2017–18 put her in the top third among senators.
The Senate has been controlled by Republicans for all of Harris’s tenure, limiting her legislation’s odds of passage significantly. Still, four of her 131 bills were enacted into law — that’s good for a first-term Democratic senator. Let’s look at a handful of the bills she introduced to see what her legislation looks like, especially given the methodology ranking her as the most left-leaning senator in 2019, one spot above even Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
COUNT Victims Act
After the category 5 Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, the death count was originally listed as 64. Yet a George Washington University study from September 2018, by researchers at the school’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, estimated the actual death count as 2,975.
The significantly higher number was determined in part by including deaths determined to be indirectly caused by the hurricane but occurring up to five months later. The Puerto Rican government requested the study and officially accepted its revised death count, but the federal government did not.
Introduced in 2018, Sen. Harris’s Counting Our Unexpected Natural Tragedies’ Victims Act requested that the federal government conduct a study of how best to fully count the total number of victims from natural disasters. The provision attracted eight Democratic co-sponsors and was ultimately incorporated into the broader 462-page FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which was signed into law. However, the study doesn’t guarantee the federal government will adopt the new counting method.
“Whether it be Hurricane Maria or another natural disaster to come, the accuracy of the death toll has a direct impact on an area’s recovery,” Sen. Harris said in a press release. “We cannot allow our government’s failed response in Puerto Rico ever to happen again. The ability to accurately count victims of natural disasters will give accurate information to grieving communities, and help us understand how we can mitigate the damage of future disasters.”
Disaster Victims Passport and ID Relief Act
After 2017 wildfires and floods in Harris’s home state of California, some individuals had to pay to replace governmental identification documents, including $110 for a passport book or $455 for a green card for permanent residents.
Introduced in June 2018, Sen. Harris’s Disaster Victims Passport and ID Relief Act provides a waiver from replacement fees for six types of identification: a U.S. Passport, visa, green card, Declaration of Intention form, naturalization or citizenship form, and employment authorization form.
Despite attracting no co-sponsors, the bill was ultimately incorporated into the broader 462-page FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which was signed into law.
“Victims of natural disasters are forced to reconstruct their lives, and too often face high levels of financial stress,” Sen. Harris said in a press release. “We must do what we can to ease that burden including waiving fees associated with the replacement of critical documents and ensuring child care facilities have the funding they need so families can get back on their feet.”
Justice for Victims of Lynching Act
Lynching is considered one of the most gruesome ways to kill somebody, primarily associated with racially-motivating killings by white people against Black people in the antebellum and Jim Crow-era South. Even though the last documented lynching in America occurred in 1981 — or perhaps because of it — the act was never officially made a federal crime. Introduced in June 2018, Sen. Harris’s Justice for Victims of Lynching Act would have done just that.
The bill attracted 39 cosponsors — 28 Democrats, nine Republicans, and two independents — and passed the Senate in mid-December 2018 on a voice vote, a procedure used for relatively noncontroversial legislation without significant opposition. However, the bill never received a House vote, possibly due to there being less than two weeks in the session of Congress.
Sen. Harris reintroduced it in February 2019, where it attracted 47 co-sponsors — 29 Democrats, 16 Republicans, and two independents — and again passed on a voice vote. The identical House version was introduced by Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) and has attracted 14 co-sponsors, 12 Democrats and two Republicans.
In February 2020, the House instead voted on the similar — but not identical — Emmett Till Antilynching Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). The vote was 410–4, with Democrats unanimously supporting 222–0 and Republicans mostly supporting 188–3. Now to become law, either the Senate will have to vote on the House-passed version or vice versa.
That’s hardly guaranteed. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has blocked a potential Senate vote on the House version, arguing that the existing language is too broad. “The bill as written would allow altercations resulting in a cut, abrasion, bruise, or any other injury no matter how temporary to be subject to a 10-year penalty,” Sen. Paul said. “My amendment would simply apply a serious bodily injury standard, which would ensure crimes resulting in a substantial risk of death and extreme physical pain be prosecuted as a lynching.”
Sen. Harris disagrees. “Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our history, and we must acknowledge that, lest we repeat it,” Sen. Harris said in a press release. “From 1882 to 1986 there have been 200 attempts that have failed to get Congress to pass federal anti-lynching legislation. It’s time for that to change.”
Marijuana is currently classified on a federal level as a Schedule 1 drug, the strictest classification alongside other drugs such as heroin and meth, and higher than Schedule 2 drugs including cocaine.
Introduced in July 2019, Sen. Harris’s Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act would legalize the drug federally, expunge certain past marijuana-related offenses from people’s criminal records, and introduce a 5 percent federal tax on marijuana.
The bill has attracted five Democratic co-sponsors but has not yet received a vote in the Senate Finance Committee. A House version introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has attracted 81 cosponsors, 80 Democrats plus Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). It was approved by the House Judiciary Committee in November 2019 and awaits a potential full vote in the chamber.
“Times have changed — marijuana should not be a crime,” Sen. Harris said in a press release. “We need to start regulating marijuana, and expunge marijuana convictions from the records of millions of Americans so they can get on with their lives. As marijuana becomes legal across the country, we must make sure everyone — especially communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs — has a real opportunity to participate in this growing industry.
(Harris said in a 2019 interview that she had smoked marijuana in college while listening to music from Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg, even though both of their debut albums came out after Harris attended college.)
Rent Relief Act
Renters currently comprise the highest percentage of households at any time in the past 50 years. This occurs as wages have remained largely stagnant, making rent harder to afford. More than 11 million Americans pay more than half their income to rent.
Introduced in July 2018, Sen. Harris’s Rent Relief Act would give a tax credit to anybody who spends more than 30 percent of their income on rent plus utilities, so long as they make less than $125,000.
The bill attracted five Democratic co-sponsors, but never received a vote in the Senate Finance Committee. In April 2019, Sen. Harris reintroduced the bill, where it has attracted three Democratic cosponsors but again not yet received a vote in the Senate Finance Committee. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) signed onto the previous version, but not yet the current version.
A House version introduced by Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) has attracted 10 Democratic cosponsors and awaits a potential vote in the House Ways and Means Committee.
“America’s affordable housing crisis has left too many families behind who struggle each month to keep a roof over their head,” Sen. Harris said in a press release. “This bill will ensure no family is priced out of the basic security of a place to live. Bolstering the economic security of working families would strengthen our country and increase opportunity.”
ENOUGH Act / SHIELD Act
The Ending Nonconsensual Online User Graphic Harassment (ENOUGH) Act would federally ban “revenge porn,” or posting explicit pictures of somebody else — often an ex — without their consent. Almost every state banned the practice during the 2010s, but there is no federal ban.
Sen. Harris introduced the bill In November 2017, with one Republican and one Democratic co-sponsor, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and future presidential campaign rival Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). It never received a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Perpetrators of exploitation who seek to humiliate and shame their victims must be held accountable,” Sen. Harris said in a press release. “It is long past time for the federal government to take action to give law enforcement the tools they need to crack down on these crimes.”
Harris introduced it again in the current Congress, in July 2019, as the renamed Stopping Harmful Image Exploitation and Limiting Distribution (SHIELD) Act. It’s again attracted one Republican and one Democratic co-sponsor, still Sens. Burr and Klobuchar, but has not yet received a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A House version introduced by Harris’s fellow Californian Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA14) has attracted 87 Democratic and four Republican co-sponsors and awaits a potential vote in the House Judiciary Committee.
Shirley Chisholm statue
One of the major news stories of 2020 has been the debate over controversial statues, from Confederate generals and politicians to Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson — including in the U.S. Capitol Building.
In February 2018, Sen. Harris introduced a bill to include a statue of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first Black woman to run for president in 1972, in the Capitol Building. It attracted 16 co-sponsors, 15 Democrats and one independent, but never received a vote in the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.
“Shirley Chisholm created a path for me and the 40 Black women members of Congress who have served after her,” Sen. Harris said in a press release. “While there is still work to be done for equal representation, we must also stand back and celebrate our triumphs along the way. Shirley’s legacy is one that encourages us to keep up the fight for our most voiceless and vulnerable, and deserves to be cemented in the United States Capitol.”
Sen. Harris reintroduced it again in the current Congress, in March 2019. It’s attracted 17 co-sponsors, 16 Democrats and one independent, but again has not yet received a vote in the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.
A House version introduced by Rep. Yvette Clark (D-NY) has attracted 70 Democratic co-sponsors, and awaits a potential vote in the House Administration Committee.
Census Equality Act
Gallup estimates that 4.5 percent of the U.S. population identified as LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender — in 2017, a number rising every single year since they started the survey in 2012, because the stigma keeps lessening. But what is America’s LGBT population exactly?
Introduced in July 2018, Sen. Harris’s Census Equality Act would include a question on the decennial Census asking respondents about their sexual orientation and gender identity, starting in 2030. The idea is that America could get a precise count of that group’s population.
The bill attracted 21 Democratic co-sponsors, but never received a vote in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In June 2019, the similar LGBTQ Data Inclusion Act was introduced by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), with Sen. Harris signing on as one of the 18 Democratic co-sponsors, though it has again not yet received a vote in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
A House version introduced by Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) has attracted 142 Democratic co-sponsors and awaits a potential vote in the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
“The spirit of the Census is that no one should go uncounted and no one should be invisible,” Sen. Harris said in a press release. “We must expand data collections efforts to ensure the LGBTQ community is not only seen, but fully accounted for in terms of government resources provided. This information can also provide us with better tools to enforce civil rights protections for a community that is too often discriminated against.”
Family Friendly Schools Act
Some schools get out as early as 2 P.M., even though the standard workday goes until 5 P.M. or 6 P.M., putting pressure on many working parents, particularly parents of elementary school-aged children.
Introduced in November 2019, Sen. Harris’s Family Friendly Schools Act would establish a grant program to keep 500 elementary schools open until at least 6 P.M. on weekdays. After five years, the Education Department would be required to produce a study about whether this model could or should be expanded nationwide.
The bill has attracted five Democratic co-sponsors but has not yet received a vote in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
“My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours,” Sen. Harris said in a press release. “So I know firsthand that, for many working parents, juggling between school schedules and work schedules is a common cause of stress and financial hardship. But this does not have to be the case. My bill provides an innovative solution that will help reduce the burden of child care on working families. It is time we modernize the school schedule to better meet the needs of our students and their families.”
Access to Counsel Act
After her election in 2016, Harris’s first-ever bill in February 2017 would have clarified under federal law that undocumented immigrants held or detained have the right to a lawyer during their legal proceedings.
The bill attracted seven Democratic co-sponsors — including presidential campaign rivals Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — but never received a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Detention without access to representation goes against the basic values of our judicial system,” Sen. Harris said in a press release. “Refugees, immigrants, students, and tourists all deserve to be able to access their lawyer in legal proceedings that could change the course of their lives, whether they enter the country at an airport or come across the border. Interactions with immigration enforcement officials are often confusing and disorienting, and no one should be exploited because of their lack of knowledge of our legal system.”
Sen. Harris also re-introduced the bill in the current Congress, in July 2019. It’s attracted six Democratic co-sponsors, but again has not yet received a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Six co-sponsors are the same as the seven who signed on the previous Congress, but Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware hasn’t co-sponsored this new version.
In July 2020, the House passed the Access to Counsel Act as an amendment to another bill, voting 231–184, with Democrats unanimously in favor and Republicans unanimously opposed.
Aretha Franklin Congressional Gold Medal Act
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow, awarded to 19 people from arts and entertainment throughout American history, including Walt Disney, actor John Wayne, singer Frank Sinatra, and Peanuts illustrator Charles M. Schulz.
In August 2018, Sen. Harris proposed the late singer and civil rights activist Aretha Franklin, a mere five days after Franklin’s death. The bill attracted 41 co-sponsors — 35 Democrats, five Republicans, and one independent — but never received a vote in the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.
In February 2019, Sen. Harris reintroduced it with a smaller 25 co-sponsors to date: 23 Democrats and two Republicans. Again, it has not yet received a vote in the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.
A House version introduced by Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) has attracted 68 co-sponsors, 64 Democrats and four Republicans, and awaits a potential vote in either the House Administration or Financial Services Committee.
“From listening to Mary Don’t You Weep, to standing in the living room dancing to Rock Steady over and over again, to hearing from the Queen herself how lucky I was to be young, gifted and Black — Aretha’s songs were the soundtrack of my childhood,” Sen. Harris said in a press release. “Aretha was simply a legend. Her work and impact will be felt for generations to come, and it’s long past time Congress honor her with the Congressional Gold Medal.”
I know: you probably skimmed this entire list of Harris legislation or simply quit. But to understand the importance of what Americans each are facing in this election, one must have a good understanding of who are the players, where did they originate, and where each is headed.
These bills introduced by Sen. Harris may appear to be little more than a freshman Senator spreading her “legislative” wings, but they are far more than just that. She, in being so aggressive as a young Senator, showed all the political heavyweights looking-in that she is ready to become a “player” in important politics — the type of politics that are now in full swing in our country. She wants to be on stage and not sitting in the back.
That’s important to understand. It will help explain what shows up tomorrow about the California Senator, her role in the “Big Game,” and how today’s Democrat Party have surreptitiously been initiating their plan for us all while we were busy watching Russia-Gate, Ukraine-Gate, Impeachment, COVID-19 Pandemic, and Racial Anarchy during the last four years.
You don’t want to miss a day of this! Day by day, chapter, by chapter, the future of our nation as Democrats hope to see it play out is unfolding before your eyes.
Buckle-up: it’s going to be a hard ride.