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Tennessee farmers tell Sara Carter: COVID relief bill ‘promotes division’ within the farming community

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Sara Carter spoke with Tennessee farmers who will not receive any government assistance from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package based on its race criteria.

In a “Hannity” exclusive on Monday, farmers blamed President Joe Biden for “promoting division” within the recently enacted COVID relief bill.

The COVID relief bill will be providing minority farmers with special benefits. According to Carter, half of the $10.4 billion package dedicated to American farmers will only be going towards minority farmers.

“I’m sorry, but I was raised to not see color and not to see race, but to see the character and the person’s heart,” Tennessee farmer Kelly Griggs told Carter. “That’s how I was raised, that’s how the farming community sees each other.”

“The government has basically said ‘OK, this is what we are doing, whether you like it or not.’ Because farmers throughout the years, that’s what we’ve had to take. They’ve made policies for us without even stepping foot on our farm,” Griggs said.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the relief package includes an estimated $4 billion to pay up to 120% of Black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American farmers’ outstanding debt as of Jan. 1.

According to USDA data, fewer than 2% of farms were run by black farmers in 2017.

“If you go into a bank, if you go into any place that loans you money, they’re not going to look at who you are by color or race, they’re going to look at your numbers on a piece of paper. If you don”t meet that criteria, if you don’t meet that rule, you don’t get that money, you don’t get the loan,” Kelly Griggs said.

“I think this bill… not only promotes division in the farming community, but just in people in general,” Kelly’s husband Matt Griggs added.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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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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