Top Wagner Actions You Might Have Missed:
- While the country is still reeling from months of Biden policies- a botched Afghanistan withdrawal, rising gas prices, and supply problems from congested ports (to name a few), Congressional Democrats are still continuing with their plan to require banks to report annual inflow and outflows with at least $600 or at least $600 worth of transactions. To fight back against this historic breach of privacy, Congresswoman Wagner co-sponsored Rep. Drew Ferguson’s Prohibiting IRS Financial Surveillance Act which would prohibit the IRS from implementing any form of the Biden Administration’s aggressive bank surveillance. The Prohibiting IRS Financial Surveillance Act protects American’s privacy by preventing new reporting requirements on banks to disclose information on individual’s private bank account deposits or withdrawal activity. Additionally, the Congresswoman joined 141 other House Republicans in signing a letter addressed to Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Richard Neal. The letter emphasized the immense privacy implications of the Biden Bank Monitoring proposal. Furthermore, the letter notes that the financial institutions already report an immense amount of information to the IRS that has not been effectively used.
- The People’s Republic of China is no stranger to economic coercion. In 2020, for example, China implemented tariffs on Australian barley and wine after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent investigation into the origins of COVID-19. That is why Congresswoman Wagner and Congressman Ami Bera introduced the Countering China Economic Coercion Act with a bipartisan group of leaders to establish the first-ever interagency task force to respond to the People’s Republic of China’s growing economic coercion against governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals. As Congresswoman Wagner noted, “The People’s Republic of China’s heavy-handed and predatory economic policies harm our partners and undermine American interests well beyond the Indo-Pacific region. Our efforts to respond to PRC economic coercion must be strategic, measured, and proactive… I am proud to join Representative Bera in introducing this bipartisan bill to ensure that the United States is working in a coordinated and comprehensive way to combat China’s economic bullying.”
- After a letter from forty members of Congress (including Congresswoman Wagner) urging the Biden Administration to re-instate President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, the Biden Administration announced on Friday it was attempting to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy. However, negotiations with Mexico will need to happen first. An estimated 70,000 migrants were returned to Mexico under the “Remain in Mexico” policy since 2019. Additionally, Congresswoman Wagner joined other House and Senate Republicans in offering public comment on an announced rule created August 19, 2021, by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice. This rule would make it easier for illegal migrants to be released into the United States if they make a credible fear claim. The rule does this by removing proceedings in front of an immigration judge, granting parole to migrants claiming credible fear, disregarding mandatory bars for asylum, allowing USCIS asylum officer’s notes during the credible fear interview to be considered an application for asylum, and allowing several layers of review for denied asylum claims.
Other news you might have missed:
- The Post-Dispatch’s Joe Holleman covered Rep. Wagner and Sen. Blunt’s efforts to “Posthumously Promote” General Ulysses S. Grant to General of the Armies of the United States, the highest rank of any US Military Officer.
- WSJ: David Amess Honored in House of Commons Tribute to Slain Lawmaker
- WSJ: Democrats Face a Deadline on Benefits and Climate Bill Consensus
- Washington Examiner: Biden in 2020: “We don’t have a food shortage problem, we have a leadership problem”