Biden’s Emergency COVID Bill — Billions of Spending Cannot Be Defended

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Surge Summary: Democrats’/President Biden’s emergency COVID relief bill approaches $2 trillion dollars in spending, some of it slated to help struggling small business, families and unemployed workers hurt by the pandemic. But millions and billions of the dollars allotted in this effort are simply indefensible.

by Gary Bauer  

President Biden’s COVID relief bill – a massive $1.9 trillion emergency spending bill – is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week.  It’s not difficult to justify additional resources to help struggling small businesses, families, and unemployed workers.

But there is a lot in the bill that is impossible to defend.  For example:

  • Why are Democrats attempting to stuff a massive minimum wage hike into this “emergency” bill?  While some workers would benefit, many others (about 1.4 million others) could lose their jobs.  But some Democrats apparently don’t care about those jobs.
  • There’s $1 billion in payments to “socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers,” which appears to be some sort of race-based set-aside.
  • There’s nearly half a billion dollars in funding for art museums.
  • There’s tens of millions for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
  • There’s $100 million for an underground rail system in San Jose, California, that is not scheduled to be completed until 2030.  How is that an emergency?
  • $670 billion would not be spent until 2022 or later, including $140 billion that is allocated for 2024.

And keep in mind that there’s still $1 trillion in unspent funds from emergency spending bills passed last year!

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Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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