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Over Six Hundred Individuals Charged in Largest Ever Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

There are hundreds if not thousands of other people that need to be charged with fraud.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar announced that 601 individuals are being charged in the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action.

The indictment includes 165 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals, who allegedly participated in fraud schemes amounting to more than $2 billion in false billings. One hundred and sixty-two of the defendants were charged “for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics,” according to a press release by the Department of Justice.

“Health care fraud is a betrayal of vulnerable patients, and often it is theft from the taxpayer,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He continued,

“In many cases, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists take advantage of people suffering from drug addiction in order to line their pockets. These are despicable crimes.… Today the Department of Justice is announcing the largest health care fraud enforcement action in American history.  This is the most fraud, the most defendants, and the most doctors ever charged in a single operation—and we have evidence that our ongoing work has stopped or prevented billions of dollars’ worth of fraud.

“Through investigations across the country,” added FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich, “we have seen medical professionals putting greed above their patients’ well-being and trusted doctors fanning the flames of the opioid crisis.”

The opioid crisis has affected millions of people in the United States. In 2016, 116 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses, and over eleven million people misused prescription opioids.

“It takes a special kind of person to prey on the sick and vulnerable as happened in many of these health care fraud schemes,” said Deputy Chief of IRS Criminal Investigation Eric Hylton. “Medical professionals and others callously placed individuals and vital healthcare services in harm’s way simply because of greed.”

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Labor Watchdogs Expect Resistance From Gov. Unions

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

These union thugs will not stand idly by and watch these source of income dwindle away.

They need more and more members to shaked down with ever increasing union dues. 

Groups gear up to educate public-sector workers on Court ruling ending mandatory union fees.

The Supreme Court may have declared mandatory union fees from public-sector workers unconstitutional, but labor watchdogs and management attorneys expect the battle over paycheck deductions to continue.

On Wednesday the Supreme Court declared policies that coerced public-sector workers to pay dues or fees as a condition of employment an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. The case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, overturned a decades-old practice justices had previously sanctioned under its 1977 Abood decision.

“Forcing free and independent individuals to endorse ideas they find objectionable raises serious First Amendment concerns … employees must choose to support the union before anything is taken from them,” Justice Samuel Altio said in the 5-4 ruling. “The State’s extraction of agency fees from nonconsenting public-sector employees violates the First Amendment.”

The opinion on forced dues may have been unsparing in the Court’s view, but those with experience in federal labor law expect the legal battle to continue. Todd Lyon, a management-side attorney at Fisher Phillips LLP who has represented government agencies during negotiations with AFSCME in the past, said he has already seen public-sector unions attempting to preserve payments they call “fair share fees” from dissenting workers. Four states with heavy union membership rates, New Jersey, New York, California, and Washington, passed laws that would hinder union withdrawal or allow unions to withhold representation of nonmembers despite federal law mandating equal representation for any union with a monopoly over a workplace. Even barring state laws, some local unions are attempting to insert language in their contracts that will limit employees’ ability to halt their payments, according to Lyon.

“What I’m seeing is that the unions have done a number of things even at the bargaining table to address their concerns, to minimize the ability of employees to become fair share deductors and minimize their ability to withdraw,” Lyon told the Washington Free Beacon. He expects the decision to usher in numerous lawsuits from workers accusing unions and their employers of wrongfully siphoning off dues money from their paychecks, as well as complaints from unions claiming that employers are depriving them of funds.

“Unions are going to file grievances for improperly ceasing deductions, and we’re going to see employees sue or file claims against the union for withholding money from their paychecks,” Lyon said.

Labor watchdogs are launching campaigns to inform workers of their rights under the Janus decision in the hopes of avoiding future conflicts. On Thursday, the National Right to Work Foundation, which represented the Illinois workers at the center of the case, launched a new website, MyJanusRights.org, to inform public-sector workers of their ability to opt out of union dues and fees. The site provides legal resources about withdrawing support for labor unions, as well as information about filing a complaint if workers continue to see union fees docked from their paychecks.

“All public employees nationwide, including teachers, police officers, firefighters, and state, county and city employees, are protected by the First Amendment from being forced to subsidize any union activity without their clear and affirmative consent,” the site says. “If you are already a union ‘fee-payer’ your fees should automatically end.”

Other groups are also doing worker outreach to explain the ruling to public-sector employees. Akash Chougule, policy director for Americans for Prosperity, said Janus would enhance the speech rights of employees, but only if they are aware of the Court decision. The AFP Foundation is partnering with the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy to spread the word among the rank-and-file government workers. Mackinac has committed $10 million to the campaign.

“The Court’s decision will protect free speech and expand worker freedom across the country,” he said in a statement. “More than five million public school teachers, firefighters, police officers, and other public employees will not be forced to unwillingly fund political speech.”

Immigration Judge Bashed Republicans From Bench

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Immigration Judge Carmene “Zsa Zsa” DePaolo needs to be removed from the bench and disbarred for these comments.

Judge advocated for Hillary Clinton, claimed GOP will ‘deport everybody’ during deportation hearing.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel filed a Hatch Act violation against a federal immigration judge for voicing her support for Hillary Clinton and denouncing Republicans from the bench.

The independent prosecutorial office recommended disciplinary action against Carmene “Zsa Zsa” DePaolo, an immigration judge for the Department of Justice, for her comments during an open hearing for an illegal immigrant facing deportation charges.

“OSC alleges that DePaolo violated the Hatch Act when she promoted then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s plan for immigration reform during a deportation hearing over which DePaolo was presiding in March 2016,” the office said Wednesday.

DePaolo advocated for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and a Democratic takeover of Congress from the bench during the hearing.

“According to the complaint, the respondent at the hearing was facing deportation and a subsequent 10-year bar on reentry into the United States, which DePaolo called ‘a pretty harsh thing’ that Clinton intended to change, provided ‘the Senate becomes a Democratic body and there’s some hope that they can actually pass immigration legislation,'” the Office of Special Counsel said.

“DePaulo said the Republicans, on the other hand, ‘aren’t going to do anything’ about immigration ‘if they can help it,’ other than to ‘try to deport everybody,'” the office said. “The hearing was open to the public.”

Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner said DePaolo’s comments were a clear violation of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in political activity from their public office.

“When a federal immigration judge in a public setting uses her position to advocate for partisan campaign outcomes, that’s a real problem,” Kerner said. “Judge DePaolo appears to be in clear violation of the Hatch Act and we believe she should face significant disciplinary action.”

The office said the violation could result in “demotion, suspension, removal from employment, and debarment.”

Violent Felon Gets 289 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession, Shooting at Police Officers

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

These type prosecutions were far and in between during the eight years Bathhouse Barry Obama was in the White House.

Sentence the latest result of federal/state partnership known as Project Safe Neighborhoods.

An Oklahoma man was sentenced to 289 months in federal prison this week for multiple gun crimes as a result of a partnership between state and federal law enforcement.

United States district judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced 26-year-old Shawn Dale Sexton for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. The charges against Sexton stemmed from a July 23, 2017, incident where he drove around Bristow, Okla., and shot multiple victims causing serious bodily injury. He was then pursued by police and shot at them striking their car.

“Sexton terrorized an entire community,” United States Attorney Trent Shores said in a statement. “His actions threatened the lives of citizens and law enforcement alike. In the Northern District of Oklahoma, we will continue our relentless pursuit of dangerous felons who possess firearms, especially those who show no regard for human life. We must hold them accountable.”

Sexton had previously been convicted of seven different felonies including assault with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and battery, and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

His prosecution was part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, which has put an increased focus on violent and gun crimes. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives partnered with the Bristow Police Department during the investigation into Sexton. Assistant United States Attorney Joel-lyn A. McCormick was responsible for his prosecution.

Politico Runs Op-Ed From Stephen Miller’s Third Grade Classmate Complaining He Was Untidy

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The Politico will talk to one of Stephen Miller’s Kindergarten classmates and discover he did not take a nap when his other classmates did.

 Senior Adviser to the President for Policy Stephen Miller / Getty Images

Politico Magazine on Friday published an op-ed written by a former classmate of Stephen Miller detailing the quirks of the now-White House policy adviser when he was in third grade.

“I Sat on the Other Side of Stephen Miller’s First Wall,” wrote John Muller, who attended Franklin Elementary School in Santa Monica, California, with Miller, a key architect of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, decades ago.

“It’s hard to say how much a kid’s behavior in third grade can really tell you about the inner workings of his soul,” Muller admited, before plowing on. He wrote that it was difficult to make Miller laugh, and remembered that Miller did not laugh at all at a story he wrote about a chicken.

“Stephen Miller’s First Wall” was evidently a boundary made of white masking tape he used to keep their desks separated, which Muller said “struck me as odd.”

“I was a fairly neat kid, at least at school, and I had never spread my things to his side of the desk. Stephen, meanwhile, could not have been much messier: His side of the desk was sticky and peeling, littered with scraps of paper, misshapen erasers, and pencil nubs,” he complained.

“Stephen picked at it with his fingernails, methodically, in a mixture of absentmindedness and what seemed like channeled hostility,” he added. “This process of effacement left a thin layer of sticky grime, not altogether dissimilar from the rest of Stephen’s desk.”

Muller was just as angry about Miller’s glue habits. “He liked to pour it into his hands, forming grime-tinted glaciers in the valleys of his palms. Glue thusly in hand, he deployed his deepest powers of concentration to watch these pools harden,” he wrote.

In the concluding paragraph, Muller tried to draw a parallel between Miller’s unclean desk in childhood and his politics as an adult.

“It is at least poetic that Stephen was bent on building a nonsensical wall even back then, a wall that had more to do with what lay inside him than with what lay beyond. He thought he was trying to keep out the chaos of the world, when really he was looking for a way to explain away the chaos on his own side of the desk. For that was where chaos had always been,” Muller concluded.

Dem Senate Candidate Profits From Big Oil, Despite Making ‘Renewable Energy’ Focal Point of Campaign

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

More DemocRat hypocrisy do as I say and not as I do Big Oil is evil for thee but not me. 

(Updated): Rosen Opposed Trump Admin on Nuclear Power While Holding Stock in Company Seeking to Build Nuclear Reactor.

Rep. Jacky Rosen, the Democrat vying to unseat Republican senator Dean Heller in Nevada, has profited from investments in petroleum and natural gas, despite heralding “renewable energy” as a cornerstone of her campaign.

Since jumping into the race, Rosen has sought to paint Heller as out of Nevada’s political mainstream in hopes of flipping a seat political observers acknowledge is a must-win for Democrats to capture the Senate majority.

Rosen, a freshman member of the House of Representatives, has drawn clear distinctions between the incumbent and herself on a variety of issues including taxes, immigration, health care, and the environment. This strategy was displayed during a recent media interview where the candidate discussed her opposition to the tax cuts championed by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans last year.

During the interview, Rosen lambasted the cuts as being too skewed in favor of corporations and “big oil.”

“I support middle-class tax cuts, but what we have to do is put this bill into balance, and so it’s a little bit out of balance with corporate tax cuts [for] big oil [and] large corporations,” Rosen said.

In December, the congresswoman voted against the final tax reform package, asserting it was “designed” to benefit “wealthy donors ” and special interests at the expense of everyday citizens who only get “crumbs.”

Rosen did not abstain from using the new tax structure to benefit her financial bottom line, according to personal financial disclosures filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2016, prior to tax reform’s passage, Rosen owned between $15,000-50,000 in Valero Energy, a multinational petroleum producer. After tax reform was enacted in 2017, Rosen substantially scaled her holdings in Valero to between $50,000-100,000.

It is unclear if Rosen has divested from her stock holdings as her campaign did not respond to requests from the Washington Free Beacon for comment on this story.

The increased investment occurred even as Rosen was barnstorming the state accusing Heller of voting to lessen environmental regulations, failing to adequately protect public land, and allowing his GOP colleagues to turn Nevada into the “nation’s nuclear waste dump.”

Rosen’s line of attack was evident when accepting the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, a left-wing environmental advocacy group, in August 2017.

Shortly after thanking the group for their backing, Rosen launched into an attack on Heller, claiming Nevada deserved a senator willing to “stand up” for the environment.

“Senator Heller has been voting in Washington to block the Clean Power Plan, overturn common sense protections that reduce pollution, and keep billions of dollars in wasteful tax breaks for Big Oil,” Rosen said. “Our state deserves a new senator who will stand up for clean air and water, public access to public lands, and meaningful climate action.”

Rosen has consistently attempted to cast herself as an agent of change whose candidacy was based on holding Republican elected officials accountable in a state increasingly trending blue.

During the same interview in which Rosen made her remarks about taxes, the candidate declared, “I’m looking forward to holding Senator Heller to his policies and his convictions. What’s been happening, this term especially is that Dean Heller says one thing, then he does another when he goes to Washington.”

Rosen’s financial disclosures, however, show she’s guilty of the very allegation her campaign has been eager to level at Heller: saying one thing, then doing another.

Rosen, whose assets were valued anywhere between $5.4 million and $16.7 million as of June 2016, has numerous investments in corporations producing petroleum and other fossil fuels. These investments span from oil to mining, natural gas to electricity, and include energy giants like Conoco Philips, the SCANA Corporation, Enbridge Inc., the PPL Corporation, Pepco Holding, Inc., and the Southern Copper Corporation, among others.

Some of the companies that Rosen has invested in have long faced scrutiny from both environmental activists and regulatory authorities for the size of their ecological footprint.

The congresswoman holds between $15,000-50,000 in stock in American Electric Power, one of the nation’s largest utility companies. The company, which serves nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states and had a total revenue of $15.4 billion in 2017, has long topped the list of the nation’s largest greenhouse gas and toxic air polluters, according to the left-leaning Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In 1999, the Clinton-era Justice Department filed a lawsuit against AEP and six other energy companies accusing them of violating antipollution laws under the Clean Air Act. The DOJ alleged AEP and the other companies of making major modifications to their coal-burning power plants without making alterations, required by law, to control the emittance of smog, acid rain, and soot.

The company chose to settle the lawsuit with the federal government in 2007, for what at the time was the single largest environmental settlement in history. As part of the settlement, AEP agreed to spend more than $4.6 billion in order to curtail their emissions output, pay a $15 million civil penalty, and spend upwards of $60 million on cleanup efforts to “mitigate the impact of past emissions.”

AEP was not the only instance where the congresswoman’s financial interests seemed to outweigh her environmental sentiments.

The disclosures also denote Rosen holds between $1,000-15,000 in the Apache Corporation, a company specializing in petroleum and natural gas exploration. Apache, a Fortune 500 company that produces approximately 457,000 barrels of oil daily, stirred controversy in 2013 after one of its pipeline in Alberta, Canada, ruptured. The spill, recognized at the time as one of the largest environmental disasters in North America, resulted in nearly 60,000 barrels of toxic waste engulfing over 100 acres of terrain.

The congresswoman also owns between $1,000-15,000 in the SCANA Corporation, a South Carolina based-energy company worth $5 billion. SCANA was recently forced to abandon plans to construct a new nuclear power plant, which if completed would have been the first reactor built in the U.S. since the 1980s.

Rosen’s ties to Apache and SCANA are ironic, considering she’s devoted the entirety of her term in Congress to blocking the Trump administration from moving forward with a proposal to construct a nuclear waste repository within Yucca Mountain, a peak near the Nevada and California border.

The congresswoman has used her success in thwarting attempts by Congress to fund the Yucca project as an argument for why voters should reward her with election to the Senate.

In May, Rosen’s campaign denounced the senator in a statement for not doing enough to prevent the House, a chamber Heller hasn’t served in since 2011, from passing legislation restarting the project.

“Heller couldn’t even stop his close friend of more than a decade, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, from bringing the Yucca Mountain bill to the floor for today’s vote,” Rosen’s campaign said. “Heller has voted for a GOP budget that funded efforts to revive Yucca Mountain, and he voted to confirm President Trump’s pro-Yucca budget director last year.”

Update: This article was updated to reflect Rosen’s holdings in the SCANA Corporation and to accurately reflect the spelling of her first name. 

Baldwin Dodges When Asked Whether She Called Out Obama Admin for Family Separation at the Border

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

I can promise you Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) never called out Bathhouse Barry Obama about family separation at the border.

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin actually preformed a random act of journalism.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) on Wednesday dodged a question on whether she spoke out against migrant family separation at the U.S. southern border during the Obama administration.

Baldwin has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, which has led many children to be, in accordance with federal law, separated from their parents who are prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally. CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked the senator about any steps she may have taken back in 2014 to criticize then-President Barack Obama for similar immigration actions.

“But here’s a question for Democrats, because you hear the president now, on a lot of topics and this one included, looking back to previous administrations, ‘Well, they should have done more,’ right?” Brooke Baldwin said. “So as so many people in this country are certainly outraged by the cages and the thermal blankets and the facilities housing these kids, they were all there in 2014 under President Obama, and my question to you, Senator Baldwin, is, did you speak up against them then?”

Senator Baldwin did not answer the question.

“You know, on this issue that we get into a moment where we are making progress and then when it stalls, we turn around. I think we all need to continue to be focused on it and press it through,” she said. “The American people need confidence that we can solve problems. Nobody believes that we have an immigration system that works. It is broken. It needs fixing. But we’ve just got to resolve to do that.”

The senator’s answer did not seem to satisfy Brooke Baldwin.

“But were you worried about it then? Did you raise your voice under the Obama administration?” the CNN host asked.

“You know, in numbers of cases, usually, I remember a constituent who was in detention at the border, arguably very inappropriately, and we, you know, we raised our voice in that instance and many others,” the senator said. “But that’s—we’ve got to do this now in unison. It’s not enough to do it case by case, for a senator or House member by House member. We’ve got to resolve to fix this issue.”

Pelosi Saw Both Tillerson’s Hiring and Firing as Proof Trump Obeys Putin

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

To paraphrase a quote from Will Rogers “She was born ignorant and been going downhill ever since.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) cast both President Donald Trump’s nomination and firing of outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as evidence of Trump’s acquiescence to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

When Trump first tapped the Exxon Mobil CEO for secretary in December 2016, Pelosi issued a press release attacking the choice, slamming him as “an oil executive friendly with Vladimir Putin.”

“Rex Tillerson’s cozy relationship with the Kremlin is especially alarming in light of his attitude toward sanctions over Russia’s aggressive behavior in Europe, while at the same time the President-elect continues to side with Russia over the judgment of the U.S. intelligence community,” she wrote.

“Fawning over Putin is poor preparation for being the top diplomat of the United States of America,” the statement concluded.

But when Trump fired Tillerson Tuesday, that was also evidence the president was too weak on Russia.

“Secretary Tillerson’s firing sets a profoundly disturbing precedent in which standing up for our allies against Russian aggression is grounds for a humiliating dismissal,” Pelosi wrote. “President Trump’s actions show that every official in his Administration is at the mercy of his personal whims and his worship of Putin.”

“Whenever Tillerson’s successor goes into meetings with foreign leaders, his credibility will be diminished as someone who could be here today and gone tomorrow.  Continuity in our diplomatic personnel and policies are vital for championing American security, values, and interests,” she continued.

While Tillerson was fired the day after accusing Putin of poisoning a U.K. spy, the New York Timeshad been reporting for months that Trump was planning to fire him. The president and Tillerson were reported to have disagreed on a number of key issues, including North Korea, moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the removal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement, and the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump’s choice for Tillerson’s replacement, CIA chief Mike Pompeo, is also vocally anti-Putin.

Russia “has reasserted itself aggressively, invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and doing nothing to aid in the destruction and defeat of ISIS,” Pompeo said during his confirmation hearing in January of 2017.

 

Former New York Times Editor Carries ‘Little Plastic Obama Doll’ in Her Purse for ‘Comfort’

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This proves the lame stream media has always been in the tank for Bathhouse Barry Obama.

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson revealed in a column last week that she carries a plastic Barack Obama doll in her purse as a way to comfort herself in the Donald Trump era.

At the conclusion of a Guardian columnexpressing hope for a Democratic wave in 2018 and beyond in response to Trump, Abramson revealed the extent of her Obama fandom.

“It’s easy to look at what’s happening in Washington DC and despair,” she wrote. “That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse. I pull him out every now and then to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African American president until very recently. Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America.”

Abramson also wrote in the piece it was “thrilling” to see the signs of a Trump rebellion beginning in Texas after Tuesday’s primary results and pierce the GOP’s hold on the south, where she said “religion, racism and love of guns have advantaged Republicans since Richard Nixon’s election in 1968.”

Her conclusion was curious, given the night was a disappointment for Democrats who have long dreamed of Texas turning blue. Republican primary voters in the gubernatorial and Senate races far outpaced Democratic ones; Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) got roughly twice as many primary votes as Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D., Texas).

During her tenure as the New York Times‘ executive editor, Abramson often waved off accusations of its reporting having a liberal tilt. The first woman to have the job, she lasted from September 2011 until her firing in May 2014.

It is unclear when she purchased the Obama therapy doll.

How Republicans Got Schumer to End Obstruction of Rail Nominee

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H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The blood of every victim of Amtrak crashes is on the hands of Little Scumkie Schumer.

Dem leader gives in on nominee he’d blocked since August, gets nothing in return.

A group of Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) put an end on Tuesday evening to efforts to extract billions of dollars in federal funding guarantees by blocking the confirmation of a qualified nominee to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Schumer had been blocking a confirmation vote on Ronald Batory since August, when the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved him to be Federal Railroad Administrator. Schumer was demanding $5.5 billion for a major New York infrastructure project in return for letting Batory through. Republican senator John Thune (S.D.), who heads the committee, had slammed Schumer on the Senate floor for “playing political games” with rail safety.

The behind-the-scenes machinations that ultimately led to Schumer’s decision to end his obstruction began two Sundays ago when an Amtrak train collided with a freight train in South Carolina, killing two and sending nearly a hundred to the hospital, according to a Senate aide familiar with the confirmation negotiations.

In the days following the crash, Thune contacted Schumer to let him know he would be going to the Senate floor to call for a vote on Batory, according to the aide.

“After the South Carolina Amtrak accident Thune came back to Washington very upset at the series of passenger rail accidents where there have been deaths and injuries,” the aide explained. “Thune was ready to go again to the Senate floor to see if anyone was going to step up in these circumstances and object to confirming Batory like they did in December, but before he did that he reached out to Schumer.”

“We need to get somebody at this agency,” Thune told Schumer last Wednesday, according to the aide. “Because otherwise I’m going to the Senate floor to do this again.”

Schumer, who had been blasted for blocking Batory after two recent fatal train incidents, told Thune if he held off on calling for a vote he thought he could get something done.

Thune held off on the vote, and Schumer told him on Monday that Democrats would not object to the vote on Batory the next time it was brought to the floor.

The aide says that nothing was given to Schumer in return for his reversal aside from the delay.

“It was not a transactional conversation,” the aide said. “The only thing Schumer asked for was time and for Thune to hold off on going to the Senate floor.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation told the Washington Free Beacon “zero concessions” were made to Schumer by the agency in return for his acquiescence on Batory.

Schumer’s office did not respond to questions on his decision-making process on the Batory confirmation vote. He is yet to comment on the vote.

Thune celebrated the Batory confirmation as a “win for railroad safety.”

“Even as his confirmation languished, consensus that Ronald Batory was highly qualified to serve as administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration never waned,” Thune said in a statement. “His confirmation is a win for railroad safety and I expect him to have an impact.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D, N.Y.), who privately accused Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao of “killing people” by not guaranteeing funding for the multibillion-dollar tunnel project, also did not respond to a request for comment on Batory’s nomination.

New Jersey senators Cory Booker (D.) and Bob Menendez (D.), also pushing for funding for the tunnel, were supportive of Schumer’s block on Batory as recently as last Friday.

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