COVID Relief Bill Full of Billions in Wasteful and Unrelated Spending
March 10, 2021 -
Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) opposed the Senate’s revised $1.9 trillion spending bill that was introduced under the guise of providing “COVID relief” for Americans. Less than 9 percent of the spending included in the bill goes to pandemic related public health initiatives to fight the virus and return to our normal lives. Posey, who has supported previous COVID relief, expressed disappointment in the legislation.
“I voted against this bill because, sadly, it was less focused on COVID relief for struggling families and more about paying off special interest,” said Posey. “The provisions I support in the bill are overwhelmed with hundreds of billions of dollars in wasteful and unrelated spending. It’s disappointing that Speaker Pelosi would not allow even a single amendment to be offered on this $1.9 trillion spending bill. Ultimately, the legislation passed narrowly, demonstrating how disconnected this bill is from the lives of most Americans.”
Some spending highlights that the mainstream media won’t talk about include:
- Pays off 92% of San Francisco’s budget deficit by providing $600 million for San Francisco – debt that was accumulated by wasteful spending including such things as "free alcohol, marijuana and tobacco to homeless people",
- $1,400 stimulus checks are included for prisoners,
- Obamacare subsidies including for illegal immigrants
- $800 million for foreign aid
- $350 billion to bailout states poorly run by Democrat leaders, with a biased formula that penalizes open states like Florida (loses $1.2 billion) while closed states benefit (California gains $5.4 billion and New York gains $2.1 billion),
- $470 million for the humanities, arts, and museums,
- $20 million for “language preservation,”
- $86 billion for a pension bailout that pre-dates COVID-19,
- $127 billion for K-12 schools, but no requirement that they open and only $6 billion will be spent in 2021 with the other 95% spent over the next nine years when the pandemic will be history,
- Total spending may increase by up to $4.1 trillion in new debt according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget,
- $1.7 billion for Amtrak, including nearly $1 billion for train travel in the Northeast alone and $166 million for a scenic western railway route,
- $100 million for the EPA to “address health outcome disparities from pollution,”
- An expansion of Obamacare that subsidizes health care for wealthier families,
- Less than 10% to directly combat COVID-19, and
- Just 1% for vaccines.
For more information you may read the 627-page, $1.9 trillion bill here.