President Trump signed the COVID-19 stimulus package Sunday following threats of a government shutdown, which has sparked dissent from his own party members.
In an article published by The Federalist on Monday, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy criticized the bill saying it aids in the “destruction of our republic and way of life.”
“These two bills promote policies that have nothing to do with seeing our fellow citizens through the difficulty of forced school and business closings and limited livelihoods via the force of government, but instead, actively aid in the destruction of our republic and way of life,” Roy wrote.
Roy noted that bill contains a $431 million reduction in funding for ICE beds, the creation and funding of two new politically motivated Smithsonian museums, billions to fund the green climate agenda, $4 billion to fund vaccines in other countries, $82 billion in education funding and additional funding to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and dozens of other foreign countries.
“President Trump should have never signed this bill, much less threatened a veto only to back away from it. He had supporters waiting in the wings to fight for him and for the American people. Now, the swamp has gotten exactly what it wanted,” Roy said.
“It’s time for Congress to do its job. That means reading, debating, and amending legislation — before we vote on something.”
During a private conference call of House Republicans on Wednesday, lawmakers complained about “pork” projects in the bill.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy said the bill had been tainted, The New York Times reported.
“I don’t know if we recover from this,” said Representative Virginia Foxx, Republican of North Carolina, according to three officials on the call. “We will have a hell of a time getting this out of people’s head.”
Representative Don Bacon, Republican of Nebraska, said Mr. Trump had thrown House Republicans under the bus, according to a person on the call.
Trump initially didn’t sign the $900 billion aid package, arguing that Congress needed to increase the size of relief checks from $600 to $2,000, but after threats of a government shutdown, Trump signed off on the bill late last night.
Trump criticized the $1.4 trillion government funding bill that was attached to the COVID relief bill, calling it “reckless spending” at a time when federal resources should be focused on the economic recovery in the U.S.
“It’s called the COVID Relief Bill but it has almost nothing to do with COVID,” Trump said in a taped video posted to his Twitter account. “This bill contains $85.5 million for assistance to Cambodia, $134 million to Burma, $1.3 billion for Egypt and the Egyptian military.”
“Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests, while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it,” Trump said.
Trump said he will not sign the bill until Congress amended the bill and increased the $600 stimulus to $2,000 and removed the “wasteful and unnecessary items.”
The nearly 5,600-page bill passed the House and Senate by overwhelming margins Monday night.
The bill authorizes direct checks of $600 for people earning up to $75,000 per year and an additional $600-per-child stimulus payment.
The bill also creates a new $300 weekly unemployment supplement and replenishes a forgivable loan program for small businesses. It includes protections against evictions and money for COVID-19 vaccine distribution and cash-strapped transit systems.
Trump announced that the House of Representatives will vote Monday to increase “payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000 and that a family of four would receive $5,200.”
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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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