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Dave Portnoy raises over $10 million for small businesses impacted by coronavirus lockdowns

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has raised $10.2 million for small businesses as of Wednesday morning.

“The Barstool Fund” was created by Portnoy after New York City officials closed indoor dining following a spike in coronavirus cases.

Portnoy, who is a regular guest on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” has been extremely outspoken about the detrimental affects lockdowns have on small businesses.

“I can’t believe in this country, what I consider the most basic right of them all, the right to earn a living, the right to earn a livelihood, is now being stolen, it is being stolen by a few politicians who believe they are smarter than me and you. They believe they have the right to tell me and you how to live our lives,” Portnoy said in a Twitter video.

“How do you expect these people to survive?” Portnoy said during an interview with Tucker Carlson. “How are restaurants going to survive? Nobody in the government seems to care. Or at least no one is acting like they care.”

“Barstool’s going to make it — but a lot of people aren’t.”

Portnoy began The Barstool Fund on Dec. 17.

Less than two weeks later, the fund raised over $10 million for small businesses across the country. Portnoy contributed $500,000 of his own money toward the effort.

He’s also pressured other influential millionaires and billionaires to support the cause and has invited SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to donate.

The first small business they supported was Borrelli’s located in Long Island.

In an emotional video posted on Twitter, Frankie Borelli Jr., thanked Portnoy after receiving a donation from the fund.

“I really want to thank you for starting this fund. You don’t know what it means to us,” Borrelli said holding back tears. “I got my staff. They’re all being paid, and I said we’ll make it through Christmas. January, February and March, I planned on closing. I didn’t say anything to my staff. This is going to help so much. You don’t know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

According to The Barstool Fund website, over 87,000 people have donated and 43 small businesses have been supported.

The Barstool Fund is continuing to accept applications from small businesses in need of help at TheBarstoolFund.com/apply.

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Biden spends $1.65 trillion taxpayer dollars while vacationing in St. Croix

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While vacationing in the island of St. Croix for the holidays, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the massive $1.65 omnibus spending package.

The whopping 4,155 pages was supported by only nine House Republicans and 13 Senate Republicans. Majority of criticism from the GOP includes concerns that the bill was rushed and crammed with wasteful spending by a lame-duck Democratic-dominated Congress. The recourse will punish American families by adding to the national debt and exacerbate inflation.

“Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress. It’ll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, VAWA funding — and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine,” Biden tweeted. “Looking forward to more in 2023.”

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell “praised the bill on the grounds that it represents a real decrease in discretionary spending. He presented it as a positive that nondefense spending jumped by only 5.5 percent, from $730 billion to $772.5 billion, amid an inflation rate of 7.1 percent” writes National Review.

“The bipartisan government-funding bill that Senators Shelby and Leahy have finished negotiating does exactly the opposite of what the Biden administration first proposed,” he said. “This bill provides a substantial real-dollar increase to the defense baseline . . . and a substantial real-dollar cut to the non-defense, non-veterans baseline,” McConnell insisted as negotiations were wrapping up.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, however, stated his strong disapproval of the bill before it even advanced. Affirming a letter from 13 House Republicans, McCarthy demanded the bill is reckless, irresponsible, and a “purposeful refusal to secure and defend our borders.”

For example, it failed to incorporate protections for Title 42, the pandemic policy that allows illegal immigrants to be expelled on a public-health basis, which currently hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court.

National Review adds, “The funding in the bill, which averted a federal government shutdown before the new year, includes an allocation of $45 billion in defense assistance to Ukraine. Some Republican priorities, such as Electoral Count Act reform and a bigger military budget, were nested in with Democratic appropriations, such as increased funding for Medicaid and food stamps.”

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