President Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus relief bill is crammed with pork projects that have nothing to do with providing relief to Americans over COVID-19.
The Wall Street Journal editorial board said over $1 trillion has nothing to do with providing relief to Americans.
“All told, this generous definition of Covid-related provisions tallies some $825 billion. The rest of the bill—more than $1 trillion—is a combination of bailouts for Democratic constituencies, expansions of progressive programs, pork, and unrelated policy changes.”
Watchdog groups weighed on the excessive pork spending by Democrats.
Biden's bloated $1.9 TRILLION covid "relief" bill was given an amendment: an extra $12.8M MORE for "covid response."
When does it end?!#ReadTheBill: https://t.co/clWqYkVJuh
Read the amendment: https://t.co/k462HcAMcw pic.twitter.com/PhTcXaiurA
— OpenTheBooks (@open_the_books) February 26, 2021
This is the largest #stimulus bill ever, more than twice the cost of the 2009 Obama stimulus plan.
— Citizens Against Government Waste (@GovWaste) February 26, 2021
The bill provides $350 billion to bail out state and local counties.
Ironically, the funding formula was revised by Democrats to make sure blue states received most of the funding even though these states had the strictest lockdown mandates which harmed their economies.
There is also special-interest spending providing special treatment for federal employees with children not in school because of the pandemic allowing these parents to stay home while parents in the private sector are not treated the same.
The Epoch Times reports:
The “Emergency Federal Employee Leave Fund” provision includes $570 million for government workers who remain home to care for children because their schools have not resumed in-class instruction.
No similar specific provision is included in the bill for the millions of private sector workers whose children are unable to return to their public schools.
It’s not just pork spending crammed in the bill.
Democrats also promoted the $15 minimum wage in the COVID-19 relief package and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized them for pushing for the mandate, saying, “It’s got everything to do with their liberal wishlist.”
Jamming a $1.9 trillion COVID package through Congress is the furthest thing from unity I've ever seen. President Biden: work with Republicans and find a better way forward. pic.twitter.com/fcTH59B6mi
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 25, 2021
Critics commented about the bill on social media.
This so-called “COVID-19 relief” bill funds ridiculous pet projects including:
• $100 million for Pelosi’s underground tunnel in Silicon Valley
• $1.5 million for Senator Schumer’s bridge that connects New York to Canada
— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) February 25, 2021
🚨 Biden's "COVID relief" bill earmarks $112 million for a Big Tech subway in the shadow of Nancy Pelosi's district.🚨
— Congressman Ted Budd (@RepTedBudd) February 23, 2021
It should also be noted that $1 trillion from the previous COVID-19 relief package has not been spent yet.
Friendly reminder for everyone.
We still have roughly $1 trillion that have not been spent from previous #COVID19 relief packages.
And, in case anyone forgot, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are asking for another $1.9 trillion.
— Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) February 26, 2021
Although the core purpose of the bill is to provide economic relief to those impacted by COVID-19, Democrats are promoting their pet projects and special-interests through excessive spending over the needs of the people.