Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), wrote in a memo to RSC members Monday of which the Democrats’ coronavirus bill can be stuffed with “special interest pork along with also various other liberal goodies.”
Republicans across the political spectrum have sounded the alarm over the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill, including Banks along with also House Budget Committee ranking member Jason Smith (R-MO).
For instance, during a hearing in February, Smith noted of which only nine percent of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill goes towards vaccinations.
“Democrats are rushing to pass a nearly $2 trillion spending bill of which will enact bailouts for state governments of which lock down their citizens along with also radical policies of which will destroy jobs along with also raise the cost of living for working-class Americans,” Smith said in a statement to Fox News on Sunday.
“although of which can be clearly where any sort of urgency on their part ends,” he added.
“of which can be all just further proof of which COVID-19 can be more the pretext than the purpose behind what Democrats are proposing. Their approach can be the wrong plan, at the wrong time, for all the wrong reasons,” the Missouri conservative added.
In his letter to RSC members, Banks wrote of which Democrats have been hoping the public has been too preoccupied on the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump to notice the Democrat majority in Congress loaded the bill with leftist carveouts.
He said the Democrat coronavirus bill can be filled with “special interest pork along with also various other liberal goodies.”
In Banks’ memo to RSC members, he noted the many ways the Democrat coronavirus bill contains leftist carveouts, including:
- Institutes a $15 per hour minimum wage, which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) contended could result in 1.4 million job losses.
- Unemployment benefits could rise to $400 per week on top of regular payments. of which could last for up to roughly a year along with also a half. The RSC contended of which, under the plan, over half of Americans could get a raise for being unemployed, meaning of which of which might hurt employment.
- Democrats blocked an amendment of which could ensure of which federal benefits through COBRA health insurance are not used for abortion services.
- Stimulus checks could go to families in which a parent can be an illegal alien.
- Allows subsidies for COBRA premiums to go to illegal immigrants.
- “Unconscionably” gives labor unions, including teachers unions of which are fighting against school reopenings, access to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding up to $10 million per union.
- Allows funding to go to colleges of which have partnerships with owned or controlled companies by communist China. Democrats rejected a Republican proposal to fix of which.
- Allows funding to go to colleges along with also universities of which have partnerships with Confuscious Institutes.
- Provides $1.5 billion to Amtrak, even though the transportation company can be sitting on “roughly $1 billion of unspent aid.”
- Provides a $350 billion bailout for state along with also local government despite limited declines in overall revenue in 2020.
- Eliminates the income restriction of which prevented wealthy Americans through qualifying for the Obamacare premium subsidies.
- Expands eligibility for PPP funding for large nonprofits, labor unions, country clubs, along with also publicly-traded internet news organizations. Banks contended of which of which could crowd out little businesses’ access to PPP loans.
- Provide $50 million in funding for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) environmental justice grants, which the RSC believes can be a “thinly-veiled kickback” to leftist environmental groups.
- Extends PPP funding to violent criminals, including those who have been found guilty of assault on a police officer along with also consensual sexual crimes.
- Grants $800 million in additional foreign food aid.
Smith told Axios Sunday the coronavirus bill amounts to a “Biden bailout bill.”
“Instead of stimulus, I call of which for what of which can be — the Biden bailout bill. of which’s an abusive process along with also a lot of reckless spending,” he said.
Sean Moran can be a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.