Opinion| Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are not willing to let this crisis go to waste.
Back during the first round of Coronavirus bill drafting Biz Pac Review reported that:
‘House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continued to politicize the coronavirus crisis with another theatrical performance at her weekly press conference.
The California Democrat vowed that she was “not sticking around” to negotiate with Republicans on a bill to address the government response to COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday.’
Q: Would House Dems stay if compromise isn't reached on the coronavirus response bill in the next 24-48 hours?@SpeakerPelosi: "We don't need 48 hours, we need to just make a decision to help families right now… I'm not sticking around bc they don't want to agree to language" pic.twitter.com/6B2V3cPxk6
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 12, 2020
At the time Newt Gingrich took to Twitter to ask:
What does it say about the radical Democratic Party that Pelosi would bring up a bill to limit the President’s ability to control disease carriers from coming into the United States in the middle of a pandemic. How many Americans is Pelosi willing to sacrifice to her ideology.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) March 12, 2020
Well, now we are almost 2 weeks out from the initial $8,300,000,000 Coronavirus assistance bill passed by both chambers of Congress.
A lot has happened in those two weeks. Multiple states have essentially locked themsleves down and have forced all ‘non essential’ businesses to shutter, causing panic and economic hardship which many are worried will grow into a hole from which there will be no escape.
This is why the Senate had drafted a ‘bail out’ package of sorts, in an effort to keep the economy afloat while the virus (and the panic induced by it and the media’s coverage of it) continue.
According to Mitch McConnell, the Senate had a bill ready for the House to review, when Nancy Pelosi insisted that the Senate review the bill her team had crafted.
There is just one problem, there are billions upon billions of dollars jammed into the bill for crap that has nothing to do with this crisis. If you want to know why we are trillions in debt, you need to look no further than this list of items Pelosi and co are trying to get funded while holding Americans hostage with viral panic.
Fox News reported:
‘The $2.5 trillion package includes many of the same elements as the Senate bill, which is still being negotiated as of Tuesday morning — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he expects to vote on a Senate bill by Tuesday night. These similarities include support for workers and small businesses financially impacted by the large-scale economic slowdown from stemming the spread of the outbreak; help for hospitals and health care workers in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies; tax breaks for average Americans; direct cash assistance to all adult Americans and other measures directly applicable to the crisis at hand.
But it also includes a number of other measures that have rankled Republicans, including funding for the Kennedy Center — a performing arts center in Washington, D.C. — the elimination of the U.S. Postal Service’s debt to the treasury, a requirement that airlines accepting assistance under the bill have a union representative on their board, environmental regulations for airlines and more garbage.
People are dying from coronavirus but @SpeakerPelosi is blocking the relief package Americans need to fund a return of the "Obamaphone" and a host of other progressive handouts.
You can't make this up.https://t.co/f7t0gy7HD5
— NRCC (@NRCC) March 23, 2020
“They ought to be embarrassed,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of similar proposals being pushed by Senate Democrats. “There is no time for this nonsense.”
Here’s some of what’s in the House Democrats’ $2.5 trillion, 1,404-page bill.
The House Democrats’ bill requires that any company getting coronavirus-related aid disclose its diversity stats, including its employees’ race, gender, pay, corporate board diversity and the structure of its offices that deal with diversity and inclusion.
Speaker Pelosi's #coronavirus bill includes:
-Provisions for a federal takeover of elections
-A climate change study on aviation
-Intrusive corporate diversity reporting burdens
Seriously? Now is the time to help struggling Americans, not play swamp politics with virus aid. pic.twitter.com/k2QDIcc8hP
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) March 23, 2020
Post Office bailout
One section of the bill would eliminate $11 billion worth of debt for the U.S. Postal Service — money that it currently owes to the Treasury Department. It would also require the Treasury to “eliminate the $3 billion annual borrowing limit in current law,” according to a summary of the bill released by House Democrats.
In addition to requiring each airline that receives money through the bill to have a union representative on its board, the House Democrats’ summary says the bill would nullify a variety of executive orders issued by the Trump administration on collective bargaining.
Any airlines that accept assistance from the House Democrats’ bill would be forced to “offset their carbon emissions and reduce their overall emissions by 50 percent by 2050.” That matches with environmental plans from Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders to have the U.S. reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The Pelosi bill includes a wish list that has nothing to do with #COVIDー19.
–#GreenNewDeal mandates on airlines
-$15 minimum wage
-$35 million for Kennedy Center
-Required same day voter registration
Dems couldn’t this pass this bill in normal times!https://t.co/YqTmTcBNiV
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) March 24, 2020
Additionally, it will provide $1.2 billion in grants over five years for the production of “sustainable aviation fuels” that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by “at least 30 percent” compared to traditional jet fuel.
One section of Pelosi’s bill allocates $1 billion and calls for federal authorities to immediately expand the “emergency lifeline broadband benefit” for every household that contains at least one “qualifying low-income consumer.” That would include any “mass-market retail service by wire or radio that provides the capability to transmit data to and receive data from all or substantially all Internet endpoints, including any capabilities that are incidental to and enable the operation of the communications service.”
That benefit would include cell phones.
Newspaper retirement plans
House Democrats’ plan, according to its summary, expands a recent law that provides “pension funding relief for a number of community newspaper plan sponsors.”
$15 minimum wage for companies accepting assistance
Two different sections in the House Democrats’ summary of the bill address minimum wage. One provision would “require corporations that receive any federal assistance” to pay all of its workers at least $15 per hour. In addition to the minimum wage, that same provision includes a ban on golden parachutes, restricted bonuses and compensation for executives, a ban on stock buybacks and a ban on companies changing their collective bargaining agreements.
The House Democrats’ bill provides $35 million to ensure that the D.C.-based John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is able to remain operational and pay its expenses during the coronavirus-related economic slowdown.
Patron Update: As we continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, staff, volunteers, and community at large, we have canceled all public events scheduled through May 10, 2020, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. ⤵https://t.co/vMmu9xR2pi pic.twitter.com/loZ2OpWz1E
— The Kennedy Center (@kencen) March 17, 2020
The House Democrats’ bill has a variety of election-related mandates, including that states allow at least 15 days of early voting for elections and no-excuse absentee mail-in voting — two things that could be useful in holding elections during the continuing coronavirus threat.
Fox News has more details on the bill but from these excerpts you can get an idea of what is happening here.
OPINION- I’m sick of self censoring for Facebook and their ‘fact checkers’ so I am just going to tell you what I really think: Our nation is being held hostage by a radical, socialist, or perhaps communist left who has teamed up with the media is hype of a pandemic in order to extort TRILLIONS is goodies and hand outs for their pet projects that have absolutely nothing to do with the crisis.
American can not survive if we keep on going down this debt riddled road. I refuse to believe that the Democrats do not understand this, which makes me wonder if that is what they want.
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