As Congress prepares to pass a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill rolled into a consolidated appropriations package - with funding for assistance for households and businesses, along with vaccine distribution and other pandemic-related measures, the bill also includes a ton of pork per usual.
We already know about the $600 checks for each adult and dependent. This time, however, 'mixed-status' households where eligible citizens live with illegal immigrants, will not only receive payments - they can retroactively claim benefits after being left out of the last round.
Family members of unauthorized immigrants are now eligible to get stimulus checks under the $900 billion deal reached last night. That eligibility is retroactive, so adults excluded last time could get up to $1800 now https://t.co/UEyVqvPd4f— Michelle Hackman (@MHackman) December 21, 2020
The bill also includes $300 per week in enhanced unemployment benefits, and would extend unemployment to 50 weeks for both state and federal programs, vs. the standard 26 weeks.
And now, on to the pork... which includes billions to foreign countries, US military weapons purchases which go above and beyond their budgets, $40 million for the Kennedy Center, and nearly $200 million so that federal HIV/AIDS workers overseas can buy cars and car insurance, among other things.
A minimum of $3.3 billion in grants to Israel.
NEVER MIND $3.3 BILLION IN GRANTS TO ISRAEL pic.twitter.com/AqXzPjaL7o— based tomboy respecter (@inteldotwav) December 21, 2020
Also included is $453 million to Ukraine, on top of the $400 million Trump eventually released. No word on how much of that goes to the 'big guy.'
COVID RELIEF SENDS $453m TO UKRAINE pic.twitter.com/1WoPRUl3E9— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) December 21, 2020
$10 million for "gender programs" in Pakistan.
The Covid relief bill also includes $10 million for “gender programs” in Pakistan pic.twitter.com/7kivucCjvY— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 21, 2020
$1.3 billion to Egypt, and $700 million to Sudan.
$130,265,000 to fucking backwoods-ass Nepal pic.twitter.com/MosD3HJJ8O— based tomboy respecter (@inteldotwav) December 21, 2020
SEVEN HUNDRED MILLION TO SUDAN— based tomboy respecter (@inteldotwav) December 21, 2020
ONE POINT THREE BILLION TO EGYPT
IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ECONOMIC CRISIS pic.twitter.com/NPWpq6Xyuq
$135 million to Burma, $85.5 million to Cambodia, $1.4 billion for an "Asia Reassurance Initiative Act," and $130 million to Nepal.
The Stimulus Bill:— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) December 21, 2020
The gov't closes the economy. You lose your job. You face eviction.
$600 for all your troubles.
Meanwhile they send:
$135 million to Burma
$85.5 million to Cambodia
$1.4 billion for "Asia Reassurance Initiative Act"
$130 million to Nepal
They hate you. pic.twitter.com/95U2Qt4uNa
$4 billion for Navy weapons procurement, $2 billion for Space Force and $2 billion for Air Force missiles.
$4 billion for Navy weapons procurement. pic.twitter.com/luzf8EPMwm— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) December 21, 2020
$2 billion for Space Force! pic.twitter.com/SBcSCKSIh4— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) December 21, 2020
BUREAUCRATIC BONANZA AND OTHER MALARKEY
$208 million to upgrade the Census Bureau's computer systems (which couldn't have waited until the next count in 2030?).
This is just a massive spending bill loaded with pork. Billions and billions to government agencies that received normal budget allocations this year. Vote them all out. https://t.co/6jKL9JmYkj— GW (@GregBW12) December 21, 2020
$40 million for the Kennedy Center, and funding to discourage teenagers from drinking and hooking up.
The Covid relief bill provides $40 million for the Kennedy Center pic.twitter.com/aHt8UEkYWA— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 21, 2020
$193 million for federal HIV/AIDS workers to buy cars and car insurance overseas, and a feminist museum.
The Covid relief bill includes $193 million for federal HIV/AIDS workers stationed abroad to buy new cars pic.twitter.com/y16iyK2aJF— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 21, 2020
Funding for a commission to educate consumers "about the dangers associated with using or storing portable fuel containers for flammable liquids near an open flame." (What?)
The Covid relief bill creates a commission tasked with educating “consumers about the dangers associated with using or storing portable fuel containers for flammable liquids near an open flame." pic.twitter.com/W3Qc6B7CRG— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 21, 2020
Just remember, $600 is a significant amount...
Dear @SpeakerPelosi— 1776 Gwendolyn (@scvbuckeye) December 21, 2020
You know what’s even better than giving us back our own money, pork to your friends, and astronomically increasing our debt?
Opening up businesses and freedom. https://t.co/RFZdPu2mXm