I grow weary of warning the American people that President Trump is not the president he presents himself to be and that America has indeed been a socialist country for more than 100 years. Trump has failed to veto a single bill sent to him, whether embraced by Republicans or Democrats. Yet, he claims he is going to veto the latest National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if Section 230 isn’t removed, knowing full well that he can do so and Congress will simply override him, as they have the votes to do it and he can stand back and say he “fought” for the people when nothing could be further from the truth. Still, we now are learning that Congress is once again getting behind more socialism, more devaluing of our dollar and more wealth redistribution by throwing money at people and things that are not outlined in our Constitution in a new CONvid stimulus bill and omnibus bill, together worth more than $2.3 trillion, but probably much more… and Trump will probably sign that.
Andrew Trunsky at The Daily Caller News Foundation has the breakdown of the $900 billion stimulus package and the $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill.
The package, which Congress hopes to send to President Donald Trump’s desk Monday, includes direct cash payments, enhanced unemployment benefits, and a critical lifeline for small businesses and other industries that have been relentlessly hammered by the pandemic. The funding package includes 12 appropriations bills as well, meaning that the President-elect Joe Biden will not have to wage a political battle over government funding in the first few weeks of his term.
Though the bill’s text has yet to be officially released, here’s what is included in the enormous, long-sought congressional compromise, according to reports and summaries given by congressional leadership.
This is how Pelosi and Schumer explain what’s in the $900 billion relief proposal. Bill text has yet to be released pic.twitter.com/hzcOgxBJji
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 21, 2020
Direct Cash Payments ($166 billion)
Americans making $75,000 a year or less will receive a $600 stimulus check, and couples making $150,000 a year or less will receive $1,200, plus $600 per child, the summary says.
While the $600 is half of that issued after the CARES Act passed in March, the $600 per child is $100 greater than what the CARES Act authorized.
Several senators, led by the bipartisan team of Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, had pushed for $1,200 payments. Their effort was ultimately blocked two separate times Friday by Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who cited concerns over the stimulus bill’s size and the national debt.
Enhanced Unemployment Benefits ($120 billion)
Unemployed workers will receive an extra $300 a week through March 14, and workers who are self-employed or gig workers will receive additional benefits that were set to expire as well, the summary outlines.
Its passage could avert a financial crisis of millions of Americans as unemployment numbers rise amid a spike in coronavirus cases and deaths and since the $600 unemployment benefits created through the CARES Act expired in July.
Small businesses hammered by the pandemic will receive $284 billion through the Paycheck Protection Program, the summary describes, including $20 billion for businesses in low-income communities and $15 billion for live venues, including museums and theaters, that have been especially hurt.
Transportation ($45 billion)
Airlines, citywide mass transit and railways have also seen wide declines in service due to the pandemic. Airlines will receive $15 billion, mass transit systems in cities across the country will receive $14 billion while city bus systems will receive $2 billion and state highways will receive $10 billion, according to the release from House leadership.
Additionally, airports will receive $2 billion and Amtrak will receive $1 billion.
The provisions could be a critical life line for some of the largest transit systems in the country, including New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and the D.C. Metro system as well, which said that it would introduce vast service cuts without federal funding.
Coronavirus Vaccines, Testing and Tracing ($69 billion)
The congressional compromise includes $20 billion the vaccines’ purchase, approximately $9 billion for their distribution and about $22 billion for states’ testing, tracing and prevention efforts, according to the summary. (RELATED: FDA Grants Moderna’s Coronavirus Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization)
The Federal Reserve
Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey led a last-minute effort to curb the Fed’s lending programs adopted after the CARES Act, which briefly threatened to stall congressional talks Friday.
However, he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reached a compromise late Saturday, and Toomey agreed to narrow the scope of his efforts, the New York senator said Sunday.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) heads to the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for ongoing talks for the COVID-19 relief bill on Capitol Hill on December 15, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Nutrition and Agricultural Assistance
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive $13 billion, allowing it to increase its benefits by 15%, a big priority of congressional Democrats. The program, however, will not expand its eligibility.
Farmers and ranchers will also share a $13 billion pot to help mitigate losses imposed by the pandemic, according to a summary released by the House Agriculture Committee.
Education ($82 billion)
Schools and colleges will receive $82 billion towards reopening classrooms while simultaneously preventing the spread of the virus. The package delivers $54 billion to K-12 schools, $23 billion to colleges and universities, $4 billion to an emergency relief fund and $1 billion for Native American schools.
The package also allows for the expansion of Pell Grants by up to 500,000 students and for 1.5 million to receive the grant’s full value, according to a summary released by Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The massive compromise also includes a 3% raise for U.S. troops, allocates $7 billion for improving broadband access in rural and low-income areas — an effort led by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden — and provides $25 billion in rental assistance while also banning evictions through January.
It also prevents Americans from receiving “surprise” medical bills from out-of-network or emergency care, a major priority of Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.
See? The big issue I want people to see, no matter what you label yourself is this: Since we fail to unite around the law, these two parties play us like a fiddle. Just one example of that is this measly $600 check. If they can lawfully give you $600, why not $600,000? Why not $6,000,000? I think it’s a fair question. It’s all going to devalue our money further and increase inflation, pushing us right to the edge of collapse. Let’s just get it over with already if these people are not going to follow the Constitution and get on with what needs to be done and abolish this corrupt system and lay the foundations for new government as Thomas Jefferson spoke about in the Declaration of Independence.
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