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$2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Packed Full of Pork

The White House and the Senate overnight finalized a deal that would use $2 Trillion to stimulate the economy while the coronavirus is plaguing the United States. But, in typical Washington fashion they packed the bill full of pork for projects and programs across the country that have nothing to do with COVID-19.

Here’s some items in the stimulus:

  • $25 million in the Senate bill went to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. During the past ten years, the center received $68.3 million in federal grants (2010-2019). The Kennedy Center has total assets of $557 million. The Pelosi bill earmarked $35 million.
  • $75 million in the Senate bill funded the Corporation For Public Broadcasting. Why do National Public Radio and Big Bird get a coronavirus subsidy? The Pelosi bill allocated $300 million. 
  • $1.2 billion in the Pelosi bill to require airlines to purchase expensive “renewable” jet fuel. It was $200 million per year in grants (2021-2026) to “develop, transport, and store sustainable aviation fuels that would reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.” The Senate bill eliminated this provision.
  • $500 million in the Pelosi bill to The Institute of Museum and Library Services (FY2019 budget: $230 million). This agency is so small that it doesn’t even employ an inspector general. The Senate bill provided $50 million.
  • $600 million in the Pelosi bill to National Endowment of the Arts and the Humanities (FY2019 budget: $253 million) – In 2017, our study showed eighty-percent of all non-profit grant-making flowed to well-healed organizations with over $1 million in assets. The Senate bill provided $150 million.
  • $88 million to the Peace Corps for “evacuating volunteers and U.S. direct hires from overseas.” The agency just fired all of their 7,300 volunteers working in 61 countries on March 15. The Pelosi bill allocated $90 million.
  • $250 million to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The subsidy would cover “taxpayer services,” “enforcement,” and “operations support.” The Pelosi bill provided $602 million.
  • $350 million to the State Department for “migration and Refugee Assistance.” This funding would help minimize the virus spread among vulnerable populations. The Pelosi bill earmarked $300 million. 
  • $400 million to the federal Election Assistance Commission to assist the states with “election security grants.” The Pelosi bill provided $4 billion.
  • $30.8 billion to the Department of Education for “state Fiscal Stabilization Fund” that provides grants to support elementary and secondary education ($13.5 billion), Higher Ed ($14.25 billion), and State flexibility grants ($3 billion). The Pelosi bill asked for $50 billion.

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  1. Michael. You’re missing a few zeros pretty much everywhere. USPS is 20 billion not trillion (I’m not advocating that any of this is good, just that you’re reading the numbers wrong). 20,000,000,000 (billion), 20,000,000,000,000 (trillion)

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  2. I’m sure all these allotments are well researched and not just some pinheads sitting around making up numbers trying to spend every penny they can!

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    • Probably not. Sounds like every lobbyist that was there got some money. And the amounts for some of it does seem truly random.

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  3. Where can this info be found? If I am gonna start pounding my reps and the WH over the head about this, I don’t wanna look like a fool if it’s not accurate.

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  4. In the above link to the bill (Thanks to Tiberiu O Marian), here is what I found:

    Pages 721-724, Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, National Foundation on the Arts & Humanities
    Pages 767-768, Gallaudet & Howard Universities
    Page 770, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Institute of Museum & Library Services
    Pages 780-784, Additional salaries & expenses for various government entities
    Page 817, Migration and Refugee Assistance, Peace Corps

    Those seemed to be the ones getting the most attention.

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  5. Pretty obvious what went on here. Pelosi’s bill targeted the moon on these expenditures, knowing that the cowardly Republicans wouldn’t eliminate the huge pork requests entirely because they would be excoriated by the media for being “heartless” and “not caring” for Americans. So the GOP OKs 30, 50, 75 million dollars for whatever just to keep Pelosi quiet. The GOP are lousy poker players when it comes to spending bills. They should have stood strong; should have gone on TV and social media and told the country constantly about Pelosi’s stunt, putting this much pork in must-pass legislation for America. They could have promised publicly, to Pelosi and everyone, that each of these pork expenditures would be taken up and debated on its own merit AFTER the CARES Act is passed – without them. Then the onus is put back on Pelosi to agree, and if she wouldn’t, her cards are face up, and her nefarious intentions are laid bare for the entire country. Republican Congressional leadership is so weak and they get rolled every time. And Nancy has proven how truly un-American and pro-power she and the Democrats are. They are NOT for America.

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