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Inmates received $1.3 billion in covid-19 stimulus checks, including those serving life sentences

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Internal data provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to Representative Don Bacon (R-NE) details how President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan paid out COVID-19 stimulus checks totaling at least $1.3 billion to more than 1.1 million prison inmates.

A massive amount, nearly 163,000 people, are serving life sentences without a possibility of parole. “The American Rescue Plan was reckless in the amount of massive spending with no off-sets,” the Nebraska Republican told The Washington Free Beacon.

“Giving stimulus checks to death row inmates is a glaring example. This bill triggered the worst inflation in 41 years, costing the average family $500 a month. The poor suffer the most.”

The American Rescue plan was derived and intended to distribute payments for people earning $75,000 or less or married couples with incomes up to $150,000.

However, that did not stop “cash payments for prisoners, after Senate Democrats voted by 50-49 against an amendment proposed by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., to block the checks from going to inmates” reports Newsmax.

The Washington Free Beacon obtained a copy of the letter, in which IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said that his agency does not possess data on how many of those individuals with life sentences who got stimulus money may also be facing the death penalty.

Newsmax adds:

Last year, Bacon and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., warned that the American Rescue Plan, or President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion stimulus package, did not include appropriate limits.

One of the $1,400 stimulus checks went to Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, leading Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler to apologize for awarding Cotton with “two Pinocchios” over his comments on the checks.

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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