Much of Partisan $1.9T Relief Bill Unrelated to COVID, Checks Going to Illegals and Prisoners
Republicans were unsuccessful in trying to slim down a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package over the weekend as well as trying to add amendments to keep stimulus checks out of the hands of illegal immigrants and imprisoned criminals. Democrats were able to pass the package without help from any of their colleagues on the other side of the aisle.
In late February, Democrats first unveiled their 591-page bill, much of which had absolutely nothing to do with pandemic relief for Americans. Within the bill, Democrats sought to:
Increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.
Allocate $300 million to animal COVID studies.
Provide a payment in an amount equal to 120% of the outstanding indebtedness of each socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher as of January 1, 2021, to pay off the loan directly or to the socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher," as well as provide an additional $1 billion to the same “disadvantaged” group for "outreach, mediation, financial training, capacity building training, cooperative development training and support, and other technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups."
Provide $135 million to the National Endowment for the Arts, $135 million to the National Endowment of the Humanities, and $200 million to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
$91 million to the "Department of Education to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally, including direct outreach to students and borrowers about financial aid, economic impact payments, means tested benefits, and tax benefits for which they may be eligible."
$10 million for the “preservation and maintenance of Native American languages.”
$1 billion “to strengthen vaccine confidence in the United States.”
$750 million to the Director of the CDC to combat “emerging infectious diseases threats globally.”
$50 million for family planning, which could very well include abortions.
$500 million for public health surveillance and analytics.
$15 billion to the airlines industry…again.
The amendment to the bill that would have prevented imprisoned criminals, who do not pay taxes, including those on death row like mass murderer Dylan Roof, was introduced by Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.), Ted Cruz (Tx.), and Tom Cotton (Ark.). This amendment would have saved American taxpayers $2 billion but was rejected by all Democrats in a 50-49 vote.
Cassidy said in a statement, "Prisoners do not pay taxes. Taxpayers pay for their every need. Inmates cannot stimulate the economy. But, under this bill they receive stimulus checks. This is a perfect example of nontargeted, inappropriate, and total waste of spending. It's ridiculous that this is in the bill.”
Cruz put forth a similar amendment that would have kept stimulus checks from going to illegal aliens, but it was rejected by all Democrats 50-49. Cruz responded, "Democrats just voted against my amendment that would have prevented American taxpayer dollars from being handed out to illegal aliens in the form of $1,400 stimulus checks."
It’s honestly a real shame that Democrats would reject amendments like these and it’s a blunder that they’re continuously elected after blowing taxpayer money like it’s nothing. Then again, it’s the people who think money grows on trees and can be easily printed that vote for Democrats. The left would rather keep people uneducated for these reasons.
Democrats voting to reject the amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from receiving stimulus checks is not much of a surprise, and the amendment regarding imprisoned criminals may come as one to many, but not to me. If H.R. 1 “For the People Act of 2021” passes in the Senate, just as it did in the House, felons would be given the right to vote, despite Section 2 of Amendment 14 giving that decision to the states. If they’re getting money while in prison thanks to Democrats, who do you think they’ll be voting for?
This is truly a battle between good and evil, plain and simple.