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Tucked deep into the massive $3.5 trillion spending bill that progressive Democrats hope to ram through Congress is a new plan to put what one writer calls “crippling” fines on businesses that fail to enforce vaccine mandates to the extent the Biden administration wants.

The spending proposal before Congress has the support of a majority of House Democrats, but has so far not won over enough Senate Democrats to allow for passage there, even under a procedural gimmick that would allow the bill to pass with all Republicans opposed.

Although most of the bill is focused on doling out dollars to social programs, on Saturday, a provision was added in a version of the bill that cleared the Budget Committee and went to the House floor, according to Forbes.

The bill now features, on page 168 of its more than 2,400 pages, a change in the schedule of “crippling” fines for employers who are adjudged to have put employees at risk jacks up financial penalties by up to 10 times the level in current law, Forbes’ Adam Andrzejewski wrote.

Instead of fines of up to $7,000 for a serious infraction, an employer could be hit with a fine of up to $70,000.

What the Occupational Health and Safety Administration concludes is a willful or repeated violation could now cost $700,000, up from $70,000.

OSHA is the agency charged by President Joe Biden with enforcing his demand that businesses with more than 100 employees implement coronavirus vaccine mandates.

Over the summer, OSHA issued an “emergency temporary standard” that classified COVID-19 as a workplace hazard for the health care sector, setting the stage for a similar ruling in all workplaces.

Some, like Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy, have already called for pushback against Biden’s rules.

Andrzejewski, a Forbes senior contributor, explained the bottom line.

“If the legislation is enacted, OSHA could levy draconian fines to enforce Biden’s vaccine mandate, a move that could rapidly bankrupt non-compliant companies,” he wrote.

‘The crippling change described on page 168 of the Democrats’ bill isn’t a typo or a clerical error. It was inserted by design and, likely, with the hope that no one would notice before Democrats ram the bill through Congress,” he wrote.

Andrzejewski noted that companies could face a massive cost burden.

“If enacted, it could bankrupt a whole host of companies that do not believe they should have to comply with the Biden administration’s mandate or harbor the cost of intrusive, weekly tests.”

He said if that provision becomes law, “the Biden administration may force American businesses to choose between vaccinating their employees, testing them weekly for Covid-19, or going bankrupt under crippling OSHA fines.”

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23 Comments
  • Stephen Davis says:

    ANYONE in CONGRESS reading this dam bill?
    This is like NAZI’s.
    This for a virus that IS NOT A KILLER.
    Where the HELL are the Adults?

  • We the people are supposed to be in charge of our representatives!! They are supposed to be working for us! The United States is quickly becoming a Monarchy, where we are rule by a King and the people have no say. If we the people don’t stand up now, our children and their children will be paying dearly for all their lives.

  • common sense says:

    While it is unkind to point out all those idiots who actually Voted for both Biden, and his truly stupid methods and that GD Marxists Democrat’s Party. Millions of American Citizens and their families are now more than a little bit concerned about our futures and those of our once great and proud country. We have watched in horror as Biden has signed executive orders on a unpresented levels, open borders and massive illegal aliens crossing bring with them disease, and often truly nasty beliefs and moral codes of conduct. Worse all of this now projected millions of illegal aliens also bring a unwelcome tax burden to all all as they will be surely found on a suite of our societal aid programs. Not to mention overcrowding of our educational systems, and a lack of communication as many do not even speak English. They will drive down our wages and water down our traditions and culture. Trump had it right build a wall with a door allowing vetted and screened applicants who genuinely want to embrace our values and our history. If we don’t start paying attention, Biden and those GD Democrats will destroy our both our history and our country. So yes Vote in every election you can find local, state, and federal and for God’s sake stop listening to the BS and pay attention to what they have actually done. It’s getting scary out there folks, and I for one don’t want my country to become a socialist idea of others in elected offices, determining mine or my families best interests. nor should you!

  • Ryan Hoyt says:

    This is exactly why I suspect the founders would have amended the constitution years ago to make it a hanging offense for politicians to include ANY language in ANY bill that is not 100% about the bills stated purpose.

    They write a bill about safety standards for Aunties panties, then plug in stuff about helicopters, apples, air quality, construction standards and, as with the Covid-19 relief bill which took over 5,000 pages to give us back $600 out of our own pockets, they put in place a raise for themselves of $45,000 a year. Oh, make no mistakes, they got their $600 as well, believe it!

    The founders would have hanged EVERY politician in the country a LOOOOONG time ago!

    Welcome to the USSA folks.

    America handed over all her rights and freedoms by allowing the socialists to steal power, when they should have been in the streets doing target practice.

    Americans deserve everything they get from here, in recompense for their cowardice.

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    FBI Ambushes Trump Election Lawyer as He’s Exiting Restaurant with His Wife, Seizes His Phone

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    The January 6 Committee sent the feds after Trump lawyer John Eastman because he dared to take action against the Democrats and their massive election fraud operation in 2020.

    Trump’s election lawyer John Eastman said the FBI searched and seized his phone last week, according to a new court filing.

    Eastman filed a federal lawsuit in New Mexico on Monday and asked a judge to order the feds to return his property and block the January 6 investigators from accessing his phone.

    According to the court filing, John Eastman was exiting a restaurant with his wife and friend last week when FBI agents ambushed him and “forced” him to unlock his phone.

    The federal agents then took Eastman’s iPhone 12 Pro.

    The feds ambushed John Eastman on the same day they conducted a pre-dawn raid of Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark.

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    The FBI seized the phone of former President Donald Trump’s election attorney John Eastman last week, according to a new court filing from the lawyer.

    Eastman disclosed the search and seizure in federal court in a lawsuit that he filed in New Mexico on Monday, calling it improper.

    About six federal investigators approached the right-wing lawyer in New Mexico when he was exiting a restaurant after dinner with his wife and a friend, according to the court filings. Agents were able to get access to Eastman’s email accounts on his iPhone 12 Pro, the filings said.

    Eastman contends the agents “forced” him to unlock his phone. A seizure warrant document included in Eastman’s filing noted any electronic devices agents seized were to be sent to Washington, DC, or the Justice Department inspector general’s forensic lab in northern Virginia.

    The sham January 6 Committee earlier this year targeted Eastman in a filing where they claimed Trump may have engaged in criminal conduct to overturn the 2020 election.

    “Evidence and information available to the Committee establishes a good-faith belief that Mr. Trump and others may have engaged in criminal and/or fraudulent acts,” the committee said in a court filing in March.

    The filing was submitted in federal court in Los Angeles as part of a legal fight with John Eastman.

    Eastman sued the January 6 panel in December in an effort to block a subpoena seeking emails.

    Last week the FBI raided former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark.

    The feds conducted a pre-dawn FBI raid on Clark’s Northern Virginia home last Wednesday.

    Clark said the agents made him go outside in his pajamas while they searched his house.

    Clark said twelve FBI agents, two Fairfax County police officers and an ‘electronic sniffer dog’ searched his house for over three hours. All his electronic devices were seized.

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    Senate Sergeant at Arms Who Was in Charge of Securing the Capitol on Jan 6 Dies Suddenly

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    Michael C. Stenger, the former U.S. Senate sergeant-at-arms who was in charge of Senate security during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, died on June 27.

    The circumstances and cause of Stenger’s death were not immediately clear.

    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) posted on Twitter that Stenger “was found dead today.”

    Stenger, 71, of Falls Church, Virginia, resigned the day after the Capitol violence, at the request of then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who hired Stenger for the post in April 2018. Stenger served as the 41st sergeant-at-arms of the U.S. Senate.

    The sergeant-at-arms is the chief law enforcement, protocol, and executive officer for the U.S. Senate. The sergeant-at-arms is responsible for security in the Capitol and all Senate buildings and serves as Senate doorkeeper.

    In remarks before a congressional hearing on Feb. 23, 2021, Stenger called the events of Jan. 6 “a violent, coordinated attack where the loss of life could have been much worse.”

    Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said Stenger and then-House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving balked at his initial request to put the National Guard on alert after it was apparent that huge crowds were gathering on Jan. 6. National Guard forces did not arrive at the Capitol until after 5:30 p.m.

    Stenger, Sund, and Irving resigned on Jan. 7, 2021, in the wake of protests and rioting across the Capitol grounds.

    Stenger and Irving also served on the Capitol Police Board, which oversees the 2,200-member U.S. Capitol Police force. The other member of the board is Capitol Architect J. Brett Blanton.

    Stenger succeeded Frank Larkin as Senate sergeant-at-arms. He was succeeded by Jennifer Hemingway as acting sergeant-at-arms until March 22, 2021, when Karen Gibson was named his replacement.

    Stenger spent more than three decades working for the U.S. Secret Service before being named Senate sergeant-at-arms.

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    MSNBC Announces Rachel Maddow Successor

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    MSNBC’s 9 p.m. slot, previously held by Rachel Maddow, will now be hosted by political analyst and former anchor Alex Wagner.

    MSNBC President Rashida Jones broke the news in interviews with the New York Times and Variety.

    According to Jones, Wagner has “got something to say.”

    “She pulls in perspective. She brings in some of the context throughout her discussion,” she added. “She knows politics. She knows everything from foreign policy to culture,” Jones told Variety.

    “This is not a show where our hair is on fire and we’re yelling past each other, and we’re creating these manufactured moments of tension,” she told the New York Times. “I really want the takeaway from this show to be a better understanding of what’s happening in the world.”

    “It’s no secret that the audiences on cable are changing, and changing quickly,” Jones added. “It’s still a big part of the audience that consumes MSNBC, but we’ve really been focused on, how do we take that deep connection and bring it to new places?”

    Wagner’s debut will be Aug. 16, and the show will run Tuesday through Friday.

    She is the author of a 2018 memoir called Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging. She was also previously a co-host on Showtime’s The Circus.

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    NY Supreme Court Eliminates Law that Allowed 800k Non-Citizens to Vote

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    A New York State Supreme Court Judge ruled Monday that a New York City law, which would have permitted resident non-U.S. citizens in the city the right to vote, violated state law and the state constitution.

    “There is no statutory ability for the City of New York to issue inconsistent laws permitting non-citizens to vote and exceed the authority granted to it by the New York State Constitution,” Staten Island Supreme Court Justice Ralph Porzio wrote in his 13-page ruling, according to the New York Post.

    The judge said that the city’s December “Our City, Our Vote” would go against the state’s Election Law and Municipal Home Rule Law. These laws permitted only U.S. citizens above 18 to vote in state and local elections, according to the judge, the New York Post reported.

    Because the city’s law went against state constitutional requirements, should the city extend voting rights to its over 800,000 resident aliens, it would first need to hold a referendum, the judge wrote in his ruling, according to the New York Times.

    In December, the New York City city council approved 33-14 with two abstentions in the measure granting the city’s resident aliens, who comprise 10 percent of its population, the right to vote, according to reporting from the Washington Post.

    The law was set to come into effect in the state’s January 2023 elections, according to the Times.

    Then former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio doubted the law’s survivability in the face of lawsuits, although he did not veto it.

    “I still have a concern about it. Citizenship has an extraordinary value. People work so hard for it,” de Blasio said in December, according to the Associated Press.

    Republican New York City city council Minority Leader, Joseph Borelli, was among the plaintiffs challenging the law.

    In December, Borelli said that the law “devalues citizenship, and citizenship is the standard by which the state constitution issues or allows for suffrage in New York state elections at all levels,” the wire service reported.

    Borelli welcomed the Monday ruling in a news release.

    “Today’s decision validates those of us who can read the plain English words of our State Constitution and State statutes,” Borelli wrote in the news statement shared on his Twitter account.

    “Noncitizen voting in New York is illegal,” Borelli wrote.

    The law’s proponents told Gothamist that the case’s outcome was not surprising since plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in Staten Island, a Republican-leaning part of the city.

    “They went court shopping where they knew that the court would be favorable to them,” New York City Immigration Coalition head Murad Awawdeh told Gothamist.

    “We’re gonna keep fighting to ensure that nearly 1 million New Yorkers who are building their families, paying taxes and investing in our communities have a say in their local democracy,” Awawdeh said, according to the Gothamist.

    “That is what this comes down to,” Awawdeh added.

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    Voicemail Reveals Joe Biden Knew About Hunter’s Chinese Business Dealings

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    Joe Biden called his son Hunter in late 2018 to discuss a New York Times article detailing the younger Biden’s dealings with a Chinese oil tycoon accused of economic crimes — telling him, “I think you’re clear,” according to a report Monday.

    The voicemail, discovered on a cellphone backup contained on Hunter Biden’s infamous discarded laptop, would appear to contradict President Biden’s continued denial that he ever talked with his disgraced 52-year-old son about his overseas business transactions — and was aware they could be improper.

    “Hey pal, it’s Dad,” Joe Biden said, the Daily Mail reported. “It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance, just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you.”

    Biden then made his intentions clear.

    “I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good,” Biden continued. “I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance, give me a call, I love you.”

    During a campaign appearance in Iowa in September 2019, Joe Biden said, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” His former press secretary, Jen Psaki, and his chief of staff, Ron Klain, have both repeatedly echoed that sentiment.

    The unearthed voice message renewed calls for a probe of the now-president’s handling and knowledge of his son’s overseas dealings.

    “Joe Biden said he ‘never spoke’ with Hunter about his business dealings. That is simply not true. We need to know what Joe Biden knew and when he knew it,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, told The Post Monday.

    “This voicemail is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the evidence mounting against the Biden Crime Family. When Republicans take back Congress, we will use our congressional power of oversight to uncover the truth for every American as a matter of national security.”

    The Biden voicemail followed a Times report on Dec. 12, 2018, detailing Hunter’s dealings with Ye Jianming, a “fast-rising” Chinese oil tycoon who headed CEFC China Energy Company in 2016 before being arrested two years later amid allegations of economic crimes.

    The Post reported in April that Ye, who was named No. 2 on the Forbes “40 Under 40” list in 2016, has not been seen since his arrest and many of the now-bankrupt company’s assets were seized by the government.

    In October 2020, emails first obtained by The Post showed that one of Hunter Biden’s business partners, James Gilliar, outlined the proposed percentage distribution of equity in the company.

    The plan included a proposed 10 percent share for Hunter for “the big guy,” an apparent reference to Joe Biden, who was then the Democratic candidate for president, according to another former Hunter Biden partner, US Navy veteran Tony Bobulinksi.

    “I have heard Joe Biden say he has never discussed his dealings with Hunter,” Bobulinski has said. “That is false.”

    But files from Hunter’s abandoned laptop show he struck a deal worth millions with CEFC after touting his deep and monied family connections. One of Ye’s top lieutenants, Patrick Ho, was also convicted in New York of bribing African officials to help Iran evade oil sanctions.

    The Times reported in 2018 that Ho called Joe’s brother James Biden following his arrest, but James told the newspaper he believed the call was actually meant for Hunter Biden. James Biden said he passed on his nephew’s contact info, according to the report.

    “There is nothing else I have to say,” James Biden told the newspaper in 2018. “I don’t want to be dragged into this anymore.”

    Through an attorney, Hunter Biden declined to comment for the 2018 report, which indicated it was unclear whether he struck any business deals with CEFC or Ye.

    But the newly discovered voicemail, found on a backup of Hunter’s iPhone XS stored on his laptop that The Post first revealed, seemingly contradicts President Biden’s repeated denials.

    Hunter’s friends, meanwhile, ribbed him about James Biden’s comment to the Times linking him to Ho. Devon Archer, a former business partner sentenced to a year and a day in prison in February for defrauding a Native American tribe, texted him the next day, the Daily Mail reported.

    “Nice quote from uncle jimmy,” Archer texted Hunter Biden. “I hope you thanked him for that.”

    Hunter replied: “Took it totally out of context [actually] the text itself that it was said in. Either way yeah I’m delighted.”

    Ho later contacted Hunter Biden and paid him a $1 million retainer to rep him as his attorney, according to the report.

    Federal agents at the time were monitoring Ho as a potential spy for China and Hunter accidentally recorded himself referring to Ho as the “spy chief of China,” the Daily Mail reported.

    “I have another New York Times reporter calling about my representation of the, literally, Dr. Patrick Ho — the f—king spy chief of China who started the company that my partner [Ye], who is worth $323 billion, founded and is now missing,” Hunter reportedly told a female friend in May 2018. “The richest man in the world is missing, who was my partner.”

    The White House did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday.

    Text messages on Hunter’s laptop also reveal he began panicking when the New York Times started asking questions as to why Ho called James Biden looking for him.

    Other messages also showed Hunter’s attorney, George Mesires, boasting about steering Times reporter David Barboza away from Hunter and James’ involvement with CEFC.

    “Barboza said that there is ‘very little about Hunter’” in the story, Mesires wrote.

    There was more good news, according to Mesires.

    “No reference to Joe Biden specifically relative to CFEC’s efforts,” Mesires texted.

    Hunter Biden later praised Mesires for his efforts, text messages show.

    “You did an incredible job of keeping this basically to a big fat nothing,” Hunter told him in one message.

    “At the end of the day, I think people jadedly say, ‘This is how the world works,’” Mesires replied.

    Hunter Biden remains under federal investigation for possible tax fraud stemming from his overseas business dealings. House Republicans have said they want his longtime partner Eric Schwerin to turn over documents they believe link the president to those relationships.

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    At Least 46 Illegal Aliens Found Dead in a Trailer in Texas, and Death Toll May Climb Higher

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    A horrendous scene was discovered by police in San Antonio, Texas, in a tractor-trailer where at least 46 illegal aliens were found dead and the death toll could climb higher.

    The 18-wheeler vehicle was found on Monday at Quintana road and Cassin road in a secluded area in the southwest of the city.

    Local news outlets reported a large law enforcement response of at least 20 emergency vehicles to the incident at about 6 p.m. Multiple sources from the San Antonio Police Department told KSAT-TV that 16 others were found alive and transported to hospitals for treatment.

    A KSAT crew also documented a mass casualty evacuation ambulance at the site.

    At least 5 victims were reported in critical condition at Baptist Medical Center hospital.

    Republican Gov. Greg Abbott responded to the tragedy on Twitter and blamed it on the lax border enforcement policies of President Joe Biden.

    “These deaths are on Biden. They are a result of his deadly open border policies. They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law,” he tweeted.

    A similar horror unfolded in July 2017 when a trailer full of illegal aliens was abandoned at a Wal-Mart in San Antonio. Eight of the nearly 40 migrants were found dead from the heat and two others lated died at hospitals in that incident.

    “They were very hot to the touch. So these people were in this trailer without any signs of any type of water,” said San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood at the time. “It was a mass casualty situation for us.”

    The driver of the truck was later sentenced to life in prison over the deaths.

    Here’s footage at the scene from KSAT-TV:

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    Mary Mara Dead at 61: ‘Law & Order’ Actress Drowned in New York River

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    Mary Mara, a veteran actress who appeared on TV shows such as “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue” and “Ray Donovan,” has died after drowning in the St. Lawrence River over the weekend.

    She was 61.

    Troopers responded to a possible drowning call at 8 a.m. Sunday. Once on the scene in Cape Vincent, they found her body, according to a New York State Police report obtained by The Post.

    Mara was visiting her sister and was swimming in the water, police said. TMZ reported she jumped in to exercise.

    Her body exhibited no signs of foul play and has been taken to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, according to the state police.

    “Mary was one of the finest actresses I ever met,” Craig Dorfman, her manager, said in a statement to Variety. “I still remember seeing her onstage in 1992 in ‘Mad Forest’ off-Broadway. She was electric, funny and a true individual. Everyone loved her. She will be missed.”

    Mara, who lived in Cape Vincent, was a Syracuse native. She graduated from Corcoran High School before heading to San Francisco State University and Yale — she earned a master’s degree in fine arts from the latter’s School of Drama — to learn the skills she used in her more than three-decade professional career.

    Mara went on to act in over 20 movies and 40 TV shows, including “The West Wing,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “ER,” “Nash Bridges,” “The Practice,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Lost” and “Shameless,” among others. She also appeared in the films “Mr. Saturday Night,” starring Billy Crystal, and “Love Potion No. 9,” opposite Sandra Bullock.

    Her most recent gig, according to her IMDb page, was 2020’s “Break Even.”

    Mara also appeared opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Jeff Goldblum in the 1989 Shakespeare in the Park production of the Bard’s “Twelfth Night,” followed by a string of 1990s appearances for NYC’s acclaimed Manhattan Theatre Club.

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