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Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led her party in a push to fill the phase 3 coronavirus stimulus bill with liberal policy priorities, and many of them made it through in the final version of the bill, but Republicans fit their share of pork into the spending bill as well.

While the vast majority of the funds in the bill will go toward assisting small businesses and families endure the coronavirus pandemic’s economic fallout, there is also billions in miscellaneous spending.

Kennedy Center Funding:

Pelosi’s original bill called for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to receive $35 million, and the organization ended up getting $25 million.

Nevertheless, the Washington, D.C. group laid off the entire National Symphony Orchestra on April 3. The organization sent musicians an email saying their April checks would be their last until the end of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

“The Covid-19 Advisory Committee was broadsided today during our conversation with [Kennedy Center President] Deborah Rutter,” the email read. “Ms. Rutter abruptly informed us today that the last paycheck for all musicians and librarians will be April 3 and that we will not be paid again until the Center reopens.”

“Everyone should proceed as if their last paycheck will be April 3,” it continued. “We understand this will come [as a] shock to all of you, as it did to us.”

The bill also gave a combined $150 million in funding to the National Endowment of the Arts and National Endowment of the Humanities.

Critically, that $150 million comes in the form of grants with no expectation of being paid back. Meanwhile, much of the funding afforded to small businesses in the bill comes in the form of loans, which the companies will have to reimburse.

Sunscreen:

Believe it or not, the word “sunscreen” appears dozens times in the CARES Act, and it’s thanks to the Treatment of Sunscreen Innovation Act being placed into the bill.

“The word ‘sunscreen’ appears in an emergency coronavirus relief bill 49 times. It’s unclear what this bill has to do with helping workers and families impacted by this public health crisis — except to say that powerful members of Congress are skilled in never letting a crisis go to waste,” Rachel Bovard, senior director of policy at Conservative Partnership, told the Daily Caller.

The sunscreen law benefits large manufacturers in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, where he is up for reelection in November.

Postal Service Bailout:

The CARES Act also includes a $10 billion loan to the U.S. Postal Service thanks largely to Pelosi, and she’s not done yet.

While the phase 3 bill includes the $10 billion as a loan, Pelosi is currently engaged in negotiations for the phase 4 package, in which she plans push for a true “cash infusion” bailout of the postal service, according to Bovard.

The postal service is one of America’s most notorious institutions for endlessly leaking cash. The organization lost $3.9 billion in 2017 alone, a 44% increase over the previous fiscal year, according to Reason Magazine.

Cash For Congress:

The bill also appropriates $25 million in salaries and expenses for the U.S. House of Representatives.

When asked about this appropriation, the House Administration Committee says it will only be used to assist members in setting up telework programs and other coronavirus-related expenses, according to Bovard.

The bill does not explicitly require the funds go toward such programs, however, and there is no plan to hold Congress accountable for how the $25 million is actually spent.

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13 Comments
  • Stephen Russell says:

    CUT miscl funding A-Z somehow, defund the above, Cong doesnt need more cash.
    & neither does KC since laid off orchestra.
    NO More DC pork games

  • SJ says:

    Another 25 million for the house’s next impeachment effort? It makes me nausea to think both sides are doing this and no one is stopping it! Welcome to the Titanic everyone.

  • Crystal Fenton says:

    These businesses were forced to close, so they shouldn’t have to pay interest on any of these loans, especially when the politician’s money is free and clear! Our government’s corrupt on both sides of the aisle now! They’ve finally achieved complete control, and we are at the mercy of this evil and corrupt government! It’s we the taxpayers that will suffer from this so-called “help” while the politicians just get richer! “We’re here to help.”, are truly going to be four of the most frightening words to hear from our government now!

  • Intellectual Impaler says:

    Postal Service Bailout:

    The CARES Act also includes a $10 billion loan to the U.S. Postal Service thanks largely to Pelosi, and she’s not done yet.

    While the phase 3 bill includes the $10 billion as a loan, Pelosi is currently engaged in negotiations for the phase 4 package, in which she plans push for a true “cash infusion” bailout of the postal service, according to Bovard.

    The postal service is one of America’s most notorious institutions for endlessly leaking cash. The organization lost $3.9 billion in 2017 alone, a 44% increase over the previous fiscal year, according to Reason Magazine.

    CONGRESS HAS MADE THE USPS BANKRUPT. THEY MADE A LAW THAT ANY REVENUE THE USPS MADE WAS TO BE TURNED OVER TO THE TREASURY. NOW YOU KNOW WHY GOVERNMENT CAN’T RUN A LEMONADE STAND WITHOUT SOME IDIOT PUTTING SALT IN THE LEMONADE.

    Cash For Congress:

    The bill also appropriates $25 million in salaries and expenses for the U.S. House of Representatives.

    When asked about this appropriation, the House Administration Committee says it will only be used to assist members in setting up telework programs and other coronavirus-related expenses, according to Bovard.

    The bill does not explicitly require the funds go toward such programs, however, and there is no plan to hold Congress accountable for how the $25 million is actually spent.

    THE DEMOCRATS WANT A PANEL TO MAKE SURE THE FUNDS ARE SPENT ACCORDING TO THE BILL. I BET THIS PART WILL BE OVERLOOKED.

  • Marilyn Stern says:

    This article mentions ONLY three things and is quick to say Republicans put in some PORK, too.

    I sure wish the media would list all the PORK Nancy Pelosi, and ANYONE else, was able to keep in the stimulus bill in order to let it pass. One of the most self serving pieces of PORK Pelosi tried to add to the stimulus bill was the “NO VOTER ID TO GET A BALLOT, and ANONYMOUS BALLOT HARVESTING” clause. That would have been a huge aid to voter manipulation, something the Democrats are getting better at every day. Still, so much of Pelosi’s PORK, none of it related to the Virus, was included. Disgusting.

  • Tony says:

    This crap needs to stop. PRESIDENT TRUMP. VETO EVERYTHING UNTIL THEY UNDERSTAND

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