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New York secures $50B in funding from Biden’s $1.9T COVID relief package

 

Despite receiving a sizeable portion of the rescue package, Disgraced Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Washington, D.C. on Friday to ask the Biden administration for more cash.

 

Sen. Graham Defends COVID Bill’s $10M for Pakistani Gender Programs: ‘Life Is Pretty Tough’ for Girls There.

 

·        Institutes a $15 per hour minimum wage, which the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) contended would result in 1.4 million job losses.

·        Unemployment benefits would rise to $400 per week on top of regular payments. This would last for up to roughly a year and a half. The RSC contended that, under the plan, over half of Americans would get a raise for being unemployed, meaning that this might hurt employment.

·        Democrats blocked an amendment that would ensure that federal benefits from COBRA health insurance are not used for abortion services.

·        Stimulus checks could go to families in which a parent is an illegal alien.

·        Allows subsidies for COBRA premiums to go to illegal immigrants.

·        “Unconscionably” gives labor unions, including teachers unions that are fighting against school reopenings, access to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding up to $10 million per union.

·        Allows funding to go to colleges that have partnerships with owned or controlled companies by communist China. Democrats rejected a Republican proposal to fix this.

·        Allows funding to go to colleges and universities that have partnerships with Confuscious Institutes.

·        Provides $1.5 billion to Amtrak, even though the transportation company is sitting on “roughly $1 billion of unspent aid.”

·        Provides a $350 billion bailout for state and local government despite limited declines in overall revenue in 2020.

·        Eliminates the income restriction that prevented wealthy Americans from qualifying for the Obamacare premium subsidies.

·        Expands eligibility for PPP funding for large nonprofits, labor unions, country clubs, and publicly-traded internet news organizations. Banks contended that this would crowd out small businesses’ access to PPP loans.

·        Provide $50 million in funding for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) environmental justice grants, which the RSC believes is a “thinly-veiled kickback” to leftist environmental groups.

·        Extends PPP funding to violent criminals, including those who have been found guilty of assault on a police officer and consensual sexual crimes.

·        Grants $800 million in additional foreign food aid.

 

 

 

 

The COVID bill hands out:

  • $75 billion for medical supplies, testing, treatments, and vaccinations
  • $19 billion for public health: state health departments and community health centers
  • $7.2 billion for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • $15 billion for economic injury disaster loans
  • $26 billion to bars, live venues, and restaurants
  • $15 billion airlines payroll support

The bill also raises unemployment to $400 a week. This rewards 53% of Americans “for being unemployed” and can last for a year and a half.

The CBO predicts the unemployment changes could “increase deficits by $246 billion.” Plus, people staying unemployed for almost 16 months “could increase the unemployment rate as well as decrease labor force participation.”

Then there’s the $413 billion in relief checks. Democrats want to send “$1,400 per man, woman and dependent, that begins phasing out at $75,000 of individual income.”

So that’s $825 billion. Where’s the rest of the $1 trillion?

• Federal benefits used to pay for COBRA health insurance premiums are not used to provide abortion services.
• Maintains ability for Planned Parenthood to receive PPP [Paycheck Protection Program] funds.

Promotes Illegal Immigration
• Stimulus checks could go to families where a parent is an illegal immigrant.
• Allows subsidies paying for 85 percent of COBRA premiums to go to illegal immigrants.


• Allows funding to go to colleges that have partnerships with companies that are owned or controlled by communist China. Democrats rejected an amendment to fix this.
• Allows funding to go to colleges and universities that have partnerships with Confucius Institutes.

The PPP mentioned above “provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the” COVID-19 pandemic. It also allows eligibility to some borrowers “for PPP loan forgiveness.”

President Joe Biden promised to open schools within his first 100 days. The bill gives schools incentive to remain closed because the government will provide them with “$130 billion on top of the $110 billion already given to schools, even if they remain closed.”

Labor unions, including teachers, now have access to “funding worth up to $10 million per union.

The bill expands the PPP to cover “violent criminals, including those guilty of assault on a police officer and nonconsensual sexual crimes.”

The new guidelines for PPP push aside the small businesses that need funding. It also includes large nonprofits, “country clubs, fraternities and sororities and publicly-traded internet news organizations.”


• Provides $50 million in funding for EPA environmental justice grants, a thinly-veiled kickback to environmental groups.
• Extends PPP funds to violent criminals, including those guilty of assault on a police officer and nonconsensual sexual crimes.
• Expands Medicaid eligibility, for five years, to incarcerated individuals 30 days prior to their release.
• Prioritizes funding based on identity politics while ignoring rural businesses and communities.
• Gives billions in subsidies and loan forgiveness worth 120% of debt to farmers and ranchers on the basis of race and ethnicity.
• Gives $800 million in additional foreign food aid.

more useless items:

Budget-busting Spending
• Over $1 trillion remains unspent while Democrats push Biden’s $1.9 trillion budget-buster.
• Provides an additional $1.5 billion to Amtrak, which is already sitting on roughly $1 billion of unspent aid.
• Provides $30 Billion for transit grants, available through FY 2024, of which $26 billion (87%) would go to urban area transit entities. This almost three times the total annual outlays through the FTA.
• $8 billion in operating expense, debt payments, and development projects aid to largely urban airports, available through FY 2024.
• Provides a $350 billion bailout for state and local governments despite limited declines in overall revenue last year. Such funding effectively subsidizes unwarranted shutdowns that kills businesses and livelihoods.
• $3 billion in aid to supplement payroll costs for certain U.S. aircraft manufacturers.
• Democrats on the Education & Labor committee blocked an amendment that would have required agency Inspector Generals to audit and report on the use of COVID-19 funds.
• Congress provided $150 billion to the Coronavirus Relief Fund for state and local governments to cover pandemic-related expenses. It is unclear how much of the funds have been spent so far and whether the funds used met the letter of the law.

 

• Incentivizes harmful Medicaid expansion by increasing newly expanded state’s base FMAP by five percentage points for two years. Not only does this hurt state budgets, it also brings our nation one step closer to a complete federal takeover of our health care sector.
• Increase the size of Obamacare premium tax credits for existing beneficiaries.
• Effectively place an excise tax on everyday Americans’ pharmaceutical purchases by removing the Medicaid AMP rebate cap, which could create instances where drug manufacturers are paying Medicaid to supply drugs.
• Expands Medicaid eligibility, for five years, to incarcerated individuals 30 days prior to their release and to women for 12 months postpartum, an unrelated provision that should be considered on its own merits.
• Provides additional subsidies for LIHEAP ($4.5 billion), a program ripe with fraud, waste, and abuse, that President Trump even sought to eliminate.
• Extends 15 percent increase in SNAP funding through the rest of FY 2021.
• Provides nearly $600 million for additional paid leave for federal employees and postal workers.
• Would increase the Child Tax Credit (CTC) by $1,000 per child over 5 and $1,600 per child under 6. For 2021, the credit would be fully refundable. Would double the maximum EITC benefit to workers with no dependents.
• Would increase, by 20%, the maximum amount of federally subsidized wages for paid leave. Would allow self-employed people to claim up to 60 days annually worth of federally subsidized paid leave.
• Removes state matching requirement for the Child Care Entitlement to States (CCES) grant program, along with an almost 20% increase in funding for this program.
• Would, effectively, implement the Democratic Butch Lewis taxpayer bailout of pensions plan.

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