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What’s Hidden in Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill: Republican Study Committee

bidenThe Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest conservative caucus on Capitol Hill, has released a fact-sheet exposing what “Democrats are hoping the public won’t find about” in Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), RSC’s newly elected chairman, said in a memo sent to RSC members that they have put up all items of “special interest pork and other liberal goodies” included in the bill.

Democrats on last Friday unveiled the full text of the 591-page bill (pdf), titled the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.”

“Keep in mind only 1 percent of this $1.9 trillion will go toward vaccines, and only 5 percent overall of this entire package is geared toward public health efforts directly related to the pandemic,” Banks said in an interview with Fox News.

Banks said President Joe Biden’s bill is a “bailout full of kickbacks to Democrats special interest groups that gave them power,” such as $10 million to every labor union, bailouts to Planned Parenthood, stimulus grants to illegal immigrant families.

“If that’s not bad enough, Nancy Pelosi plugged in a $200 million earmark for an underground tunnel in San Francisco for Silicon Valley employees,” Banks said. “This is a bailout to the special interest groups that gave them power.”

The fact sheet also pointed out that the $50 million for EPA environment justice grants is a “thinly-veiled kickback to leftist environmental groups.”

Under the category of the “left’s social justice agenda” billions are given in loan forgiveness and subsidies to “farmers and ranchers on the basis of race and ethnicity,” the RSC fact sheet claimed.

The RSC also identified $600 million for additional paid leave for federal employees and postal workers.

The RSC claimed that Biden’s bill is keeping schools closed.

It pointed out that the bill provides $130 billion on top of the $110 billion already given to schools, even if they remain closed. Plus, the bill gives labor unions—including those teachers’ unions fighting against school reopening—access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding worth up to $10 million per union.

The RSC went on to claim that by raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, the bill is “job-killing,” and 1.4 million jobs will be lost, with younger Americans with less formal education being hit the hardest.

The RSC also said providing a weekly $400 bonus for up to nearly a year and a half would make 53 percent of Americans effectively get a raise for being unemployed. Thus it won’t encourage people to go back to work.

And the $1400 stimulus checks would go to some couples with up to $200,000 in annual income.

Budget-busting spending is also one of the reasons the RSC is critical of the legislation.

The RSC said that over $1 trillion remains unspent while Democrats push Biden’s $1.9 trillion budget-buster.

It also pointed out that in Biden’s bill, $350 billion will be spent as a bailout for state and local governments, $30 billion will go to transit giants, $8 billion to largely urban airports, $150 billion to the Coronavirus Relief Fund for state and local governments to cover pandemic related expenses, among others.

The bill is soft on China, the RSC claimed.

For example, it allows funding to go to colleges and universities that have partnerships with Confucius Institutes—a propaganda tool embedded in U.S. academic institutions—and allows funding to colleges that have partnerships with companies owned or controlled by communist China.

The House Budget Committee voted Monday to advance the American rescue Plan to a full House vote expected later this week.

House Republican leadership has recommended a “no” vote for the $1.9 trillion relief bill.

“Republicans insist that we must safely reopen schools, reopen the economy, speed up vaccine distribution, and effectively spend the remaining $1 trillion from previous COVID packages,” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said in an email to his caucus on Friday. “However, Democrats rejected hundreds of Republican amendments and any efforts to advance bipartisan solutions that are targeted, temporary, and tied to COVID relief.”

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President Joe Biden announces changes to the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses during brief remarks in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington on Feb. 22, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Biden said that the bill needs to pass.

“We need Congress to pass my American Rescue Plan.  It deals with the immediate crisis facing our small businesses,” Biden said when he announced changes to the PPP funding on Monday. “Now, critics say the plan is too big.  Let me ask them a rhetorical question: What would you have me cut?  What would you leave out?”

“In fact, an analysis by Wall Street’s firm, Moody’s, estimates that if we pass my American Rescue Plan, the economy will create 7 million jobs this year,” Biden added.

Biden indicated earlier this month that his proposal would pass even without Republicans’ support.

Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.

Reprinted with Permission from - The Epoch Times by - Li Hai

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b.sanders
7 months ago

they should vote only on 1! item at a time. Everybody voting should have to read the whole bill and mostly it should be made public on the eveing news

Deacon Kelly M.Div
8 months ago

As always it is important to remember that regardless what is in this ridiculous demoncratic wish list, God is still in control. The signing of the Mayflower Compact in 1620, was a pact with God as witness. And as the preamble to our declaration of independence clearly states, …We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Liberty is the right of the soul to breath. What is being done here is that Nancy, Chuck, Adam et al are trying to convince the populous of The United States of America that they are in control, and it is through their self-appointed ruling class that we all receive our unalienable rights and are subject to their every whim. I personally believe that God has yet to play His hand in this matter. Since 1973 we have been killing babies, and now this administration is not only using tax payer dollars to destroy life in this country, but also to give financial aid to other countries to destroy life. There will be a reckoning, note that in the Old Testament scriptures, when the Israelites were being self destructive, God continued to show them grace and mercy. When their destruction debauchery threatened to infect the cultures around them, God sent judgement and wrath. Keep all that are caught up in this power grab in prayer. They are all children of God and He loves them as much as everyone else. He wants all to be saved. There are many that are being deceived by Satan and his demonic forces. Jesus said that Satan was a liar from the beginning and the father of all liars. We also know that Satan’s plan is to steal, kill and destroy. Look around and see what the Demoncratic party is protecting and propagating throughout the States. Is there any question that they are doing exactly the bidding of Satan? This is not a battle of flesh and blood, but of powers, dominions, and supernatural forces. Those that have eyes to see, must repent, and bring others to the Truth in order to set the order in this country right. May God bless you and prosper you innthe work that He preordained for you in the new life that He has given you.Stop the hate and spread the love of God.

[…] What is more at issue is the kickbacks to the groups that worked hard to get Biden elected. The Unions, particularly the Teachers’ Unions. Funding for Leftist Environmental groups, because windmills are a vital cog in defeating this dreaded disease. “If that’s not bad enough, Nancy Pelosi plugged in a $200 million earmark for an underground tunnel in San Francisco for Silicon Valley employees,” Representative Jim Banks, who acts as if he actually read the 591 page bill said. […]

May
8 months ago

I can only hope and pray this extravagant bill does NOT pass. This bill clearly includes abundant waste including bailing out states who have habitually mismanaged funds (my IL included). Very little of the stimulus is allotted to those who truly were harmed, e.g., small businesses. Congress has a bad habit of putting ‘everything’ in bills that shouldn’t be in it. This has to stop!

Jana
8 months ago

I would also like to read about the waste that is sending our funds to foreign countries. The waste within the USA is bad enough. Then the rise in our national debt doesn’t even seem to be a concern either.

Carol A Fischer
9 months ago

This is so sad, they just want to fill their pockets and their programs. In the meantime children are being kept from going to school which is going to make it extremely hard when they do return .So many things are hidden that we don’t know about.

Rich
9 months ago

Just like the highly intellectual Nancy said: Once we vote it in we’ll find out whats in it.

JOHN TORNES
9 months ago

Sadly, Biden is a puppet and Obama is running our new administration

May
8 months ago
Reply to  JOHN TORNES

In reality…third term for Obama and fellow accomplices!

Harold
9 months ago

I don’t mind a little extra pork as long as its on my plate..

Robert p colburn
9 months ago

Work hard – support your family – be a good law abiding citizen & get SCREWED . TRUMP !!!!!

A. Wildman
9 months ago

Garbage heaped on more garbage. Both parties have any concern for cost of anything. They both engage in this shameless mortgaging of our grandchildren’s future depending upon who has the majority. I am SICK of them all. Satan’s minions.

Stephen Coe
9 months ago

Biden is a Fool, and is trying to destroy the USA

Robert
9 months ago

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Robert
9 months ago
Reply to  Robert

I cannot even begin to accept the inappropriateness of this. Paybacks to those that put them there and misguiding the public into the belief that the bill is a stimulus to those affected by the pandemic. So wrong and disgusting in so many ways. This is your “do good” Democatic leadership!

Randy
9 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Nothing new……..politics as usual. They talk trillions as if it were pennies

Lylah Saunier
9 months ago

This is pure evil, pray and pray some more for righteousness and justice to prevail.

April Summer
9 months ago
Reply to  Lylah Saunier

Where is the sense in any of this bill?
I don’t want to pay for abortions with my tax money.

Karen
9 months ago

The Devil’s disciples just won’t stop. Keep praying people!

Walt Miller
9 months ago

We do not have a President or Vice President. We do not have anyone in Washington D.C. that works for the people.

Eric
9 months ago

Biden asked what do you want me to cut out of this bill? Well for starters, no payouts to illegal immigrants. America First!

b.sanders
7 months ago
Reply to  Eric

I agree if biden and pelosie like em all that much maybe they should let afew thousand live at their house! but i will bet you dont even see 1 in their nieborhood

Maybe it’s time for the armed march on Washington
9 months ago

Maybe it’s time for the armed march on Washington DC. Somebody really needs to put an end to this craziness. How much longer do we plan to let them do this?

The Patriot
9 months ago

” … and accordingly all Experience hath shewn [shown], that Mankind are more disposed [willing] to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which the are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations [seize something without right], pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces [a feeling of] a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism [ruled by tyranny], it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and provide new Guards for their future Security. ”

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. A DECLARATION

Judy
9 months ago

We are living in a ‘Clown World!’ Biden is the Clown king and the world is his audience.

Barbara Creighton
9 months ago

Any way you could pressure the networks to offer a debate format on all Executive Orders and bills with several representatives from the 4 major parties, debating the same question. Take Rep., Demo, Socialists and Libertarian’s and offer this format every week until every issue is covered. We need open conversations on all of these issues. Time for true discourse.

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