Senate Democrats did exactly what everyone expected them to do and stuffed the coronavirus stimulus bill with pork.
The bill is full of nonsense for Democratic causes and Republicans are caving because they want to get money to the American people.
And the Democrats know they have the power because they are holding America hostage and forcing the GOP’s hands, as Fox News reported.
The appropriations text, released Wednesday along with the draft bill itself, includes $25 million in funding for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. That is down from the $35 million that was included in the recent Democratic-proposed House legislation.
The Senate bill also provides $75 million to each the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. That is down from the $300 million for each that was in the House stimulus bill.
That $25 million for the Kennedy Center is designated to helping the center “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally, including deep cleaning and information technology to improve telework capability and for operations and maintenance requirements related to the consequences of coronavirus.”
The Senate stimulus package is expected to receive a vote soon in the Senate as soon as Wednesday. The House will then consider the legislation.
Conservatives on Twitter were rightly furious at the proposed legislation, though it is likely to pass.
— Steph (@steph93065) March 25, 2020
House democrats are asking for $25 million to be set aside for raises in their salary in this #stimulusbill.
Are you kidding me?
So while the rest of Americans are out of work, they want a raise?
This is disgusting.
— RD (@real_defender) March 25, 2020
Democrats are so busy adding so much crap to the #stimulusbill, that I'd be surprised if by the time it's passed, they remember to keep in the relief money for regular Americans.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 25, 2020
Did they squeeze in the $1200 because they felt guilty about the $25,000,000 congressional pay raise? Don't ever believe a politician who talks to you about the wealth gap #stimulusbill
— B.T. Samuel. (@JustBeaTee) March 25, 2020
To use a bill designed to help Americans in a time of crisis to get money for their pet projects and pay raises is unbelievable.
Then again, this is Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats so it is believable, it is just, perhaps, the most loathsome thing they have ever done.
And to disguise it by pretending they are doing it for the nation is a major slap in the face to every one of us.
Carmine Sabia Jr. is the Editor-At-Large for sabiareport.com and a syndicated columnist for The Federalist Papers, Illicit Info and others covering political news and current events.