Throughout the summer Democrats cruelly blocked COVID-Relief legislation in an effort to advance their extreme left-wing agenda and influence the election. Then a few months ago congress started negotiations on a new package to get urgently needed help to the American people. It’s taken forever. However, the bill they are now planning to send back to my desk is much different than anticipated. It really is a disgrace. For example, among the more than 5,000 pages in this bill, which nobody in Congress has read because of its length and complexity, it’s called COVID-Relief bill, but it has almost nothing to do with COVID.
This bill contains
85.5 million-dollars for assistance to Cambodia,
134 million dollars to Burma,
1.3 billion dollars for Egypt and the Egyptian Military, which will go out and buy almost exclusively Russian military equipment,
25 million dollars for democracy and gender programs in Pakistan,
505 million dollars to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama
40 million dollars for the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, which is not even open for business,
1 billion dollars for the Smithsonian and an additional 154 million dollars for the National Gallery of Art, likewise these facilities are essentially not open,
$7,000,000 for reef fish management,
25 million dollars to combat Asian carp,
2.5 million dollars to count the number of amberjack fish in the Gulf of Mexico, a provision to promote the breeding of fish in federal hatcheries,
$3,000,000 in poultry production technology,
$2,000,000 to research the impact of downed trees,
566 million dollars for construction projects at the FBI.
The bill also allows stimulus checks for the family members of illegal aliens, allowing them to get up to $1,800 each. This is far more than the Americans are given. Despite all of this wasteful spending and much more, the 900 billion dollar package provides hardworking taxpayers with only $600 each in relief payments, and not enough money is given to small businesses, and particular restaurants, whose owners have suffered so grievously. They were only given a deduction for others to use in business, their restaurant, for two years. This two-year period must be withdrawn, which will allow the owners to obtain financing and get there restaurants back in condition. Congress can terminated at a much later date, but two years is not acceptable, it’s not enough. Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists, and special interest, while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it. It wasn’t their fault, it was China’s fault, not their fault.
I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple. I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation, and to send me a suitable bill or else the next Administration will have to deliver a COVID-Relief package and maybe that administration will be me, and we will get it done.
Thank you very much.