Nancy Pelosi is gearing up for DTMNBN (Disease That Must Not Be Named) Phase Four, which if she gets her way would be so full of pork that Muslims will boycott them.
None of her proposed spendings has anything to do with DTMNBN, but that won’t stop her. She knows it won’t pass but she is hoping to use it as a campaign tool against President Trump.
It will be a hard sell. In the past, the liberal media has been able to quarantine Republican presidential hopefuls but President Trump has the ability to reach out directly to the voters and that just makes the press madder.
Here is at least a partial list of what Pelosi wants to be included in the bill:
- Increased fuel emissions standards for airlines receiving coronavirus assistance funds.
- Student loans payments up to $10,000
- Same-day voter registration, early voting, voting by mail, and ballot harvesting
- Preserving collective bargaining for unions
- Expansion of wind and solar tax credits
- Requirements for federal and corporate racial diversity data
- A Post Office bailout
- Automatic extension of nonimmigrant visas
- Restricting colleges from providing information about citizenship status
- Funds for Planned Parenthood
- $300,000,000 for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which produces PBS to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.”
- $278,000,000 for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- $500,000,000 for the Institute for Museum and Library Services
- $35,000,000 for the John F. Kennedy Center
Pelosi tried to load up phase three with pork. Here are some of her requests that were defeated:
- Money for Planned Parenthood.
- Green New Deal
- Federal Mandates for Early and Mail Voting
- Postal Service Bailout
- DHS Funding Restrictions.
Chuck Schumer tried to kill the direct checks to Americans but he was forced to give up that battle.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has warned Democrats against pushing for more leftist provisions in a future coronavirus bill. He said in a statement on Wednesday:
This should be a shared interest due to the collaborative and bipartisan approach from which the previous three phases were built upon.
As the legislation from the first three phases is implemented, Republicans stand ready to work across the aisle to support the individuals and institutions that will need more help in the fight against the virus. But the American people cannot afford the distraction of continued attempts to force partisan objectives into our response. Offsetting the carbon footprint of airplanes, remaking our energy grid, or changing election laws, as Democrats have suggested, have nothing to do with our war against the disease.
This isn’t a time to attempt to reshape American life through the eyes of one political party. This is a crisis that demands a bipartisan commitment to focus and execute on behalf of every American affected.
Steven is a syndicated columnist for DavidJHarrisJr.com, The Range and other news websites. He is also an author, whose books can be found on Amazon.com. All enjoy a 5 star rating. They are A Walk Through the Willows, Melissa’s Song, The Tangled Web, Innocent, The Calculating Corpse and It’s All About me.