By Jaz McKay
House Democrats passed a massive pandemic aid bill early Saturday morning over solid Republican opposition, a key step toward giving President Joe Biden his first major legislative victory.
The 219-212 vote sends the $1.9 trillion package to the Senate, where it is certain to undergo changes next week.
It’s important to note that not one single Republican supported the pork laden monstrosity and two Democrats voted against it: U.S. Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon. So if you’re looking for bipartisanship you’ll find it on the “NO” side of this vote today.
House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) today blasted House passage of the $1.9 trillion Pelosi Payoff to Progressives Act:
“The Pelosi Payoff to Progressives Act is another instance of the swamp taking care of the swamp rather than hardworking Americans. The bill contains a $350 billion bailout for locked-down, poorly managed states with no strings attached. The sneaky formula used by Democrats ensures that most of the money goes to liberals in California and New York rather than to rural communities. Pelosi’s Payoff also provides an additional 15 weeks of paid leave to federal bureaucrats so they can stay home with children who have remote school while the rest of America is left with the consequences of continued school closures.
“The Democrats’ bill is also rife with wasteful spending. Hundreds of billions of Americans’ dollars go towards funding a liberal wish-list, such as Nancy Pelosi’s California underground rail project, Planned Parenthood, and environmental justice. Americans deserve better than this costly and corrupt spending bill. It’s time to reopen schools and end the lockdowns. That’s real stimulus that will help our nation recover more quickly.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy ripped the “Pelosi Payoff Bill”
Bottom line, this is a multi-trillion-dollar wish list filled with special interest buyouts, progressive spending priorities, and misplaced assistance masquerading as pandemic relief. This bill showcases the worst of Washington – funding special interest groups, incentivizing harmful lockdowns, and destroying quality jobs at the expense of American families.
This is nothing but a money laundering scheme. Payback the unions and other big donors who then funnel the money back to Pelosi. PERIOD!
Ranking Member Comer released information from the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Inspector General showing $46 billion in CARES Act funding provided to state and local governments remains unspent. The Pelosi Payoff contains another $350 billion to bail out locked-down states.
During the Oversight Committee’s consideration of the Pelosi Payoff, Democrats opposed every Republican amendment, including amendments requiring states receiving funding to open schools.
Ranking Member Comer and House Budget Committee Ranking Member Jason Smith (R-Mo.) introduced a resolution requiring President Biden to provide the House of Representatives with information on unspent COVID-19 stimulus funding.
In an op-ed published by Fox News earlier this week, Ranking Member Comer and Budget Committee Ranking Member Smith outlined how the Democrats’ spending bill is “the wrong plan, at the wrong time, for all the wrong reasons.”
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee outlined the wasteful spending in the Pelosi Payoff in “Waste Watch.”
Author: Jaz McKay is a 45 year veteran of Talk Radio, a writer, public speaker, activist, & editor and founder of The Deplorable Patriot website.
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