COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Includes Many Questionable Items | Eastern North Carolina Now

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    Mairead McArdle details for the Daily Wire some of the least-defensible elements of the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus package.

  • Some of the items are only loosely related to relieving pandemic woes, and in some cases, Democrats appear to have given up attempting to connect the funding to the coronavirus at all, raising eyebrows among critics who argued the package should not be used as a "Trojan Horse" for a Democratic agenda.
  • "What we're talking about here [was] a bill that only spent about one percent on vaccines and about nine percent on the entire health [fight]," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in a floor speech.
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded to McConnell by arguing that the relief package is aimed at the problems that the pandemic created. ...
  • ... Among the more curious appropriations, the stimulus bill gives $135 million each to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The bill reserves even more, $200 million, for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • The NEA had already been allotted more than $162 million for the entire fiscal year of 2020 in a spending bill passed at the end of 2019, an increase in the organization's funding from the previous year. Combined with the $75 million the NEA received in the CARES Act last year, the total of additional aid is well above the organization's normal yearly budget. ...
  • ... The Corporation for Public Broadcasting also gets $175 million.
  • Another eye-catching item the stimulus bill provides is $20 million "to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages during and after the public health emergency." ...
  • ... The package reserves several large funding blocks for cybersecurity and technology, including $200 million to remain available well into 2024 for the U.S. Digital Service, the federal tech unit established after the Obamacare website's disastrous launch and crash in 2013.

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