THE FOCUS (2/25/2021)

 Dems COVID Relief Bill 

It is designed primarily to finance Democrats' projects

These are some of the outrageous items in the Democrats' COVID stimulus bill. The complete lists, which are prepared by Republican Study Committee, can be downloaded here.

  • Allows subsidies paying for 85 percent of COBRA premiums to go to illegal immigrants.

  • Over $1 trillion remains unspent while Democrats push Biden’s $1.9 trillion budget-buster.

  • Provides $130 billion on top of the $110 billion already given to schools, even if they remain closed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Provides additional subsidies for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP ($4.5 billion), a program ripe with fraud, waste, and abuse, that President Trump even sought to eliminate.

  • 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.

  • Gives billions in subsidies and loan forgiveness worth 120% of debt to farmers and ranchers on the basis of race and ethnicity.

  • Unemployment benefits would come with a weekly $400 bonus on top of regular payments, and last for up to nearly a year and a half. Under this plan, 53 percent of Americans would get effectively receive a raise for being unemployed.

  • Creates a program that through September 2021 that would pay 85% of a person’s COBRA premiums when they leave a job, including by quitting.

  • Crowds out small businesses with the most need for additional PPP funding by expanding eligibility to large, affiliated nonprofits, labor unions, country clubs, fraternities and sororities and publicly-traded internet news organizations.

  • Extends PPP funds to violent criminals, including those guilty of assault on a police officer and nonconsensual sexual crimes.

  • Provides nearly $600 million for additional paid leave for federal employees and postal workers.