As Congress prepares to pass a $ 900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill embedded in a consolidated credit package – with funding for household and business relief, as well as vaccine distribution and other measures related to the pandemic, the bill also includes a ton of pork per habit.
We already know the $ 600 checks for each adult and dependent. This time around, however, “mixed-status” households where eligible citizens live with illegal immigrants will not only receive payments – they can retroactively claim benefits after being excluded from the last round.
The bill also includes $ 300 per week in enhanced unemployment benefits, and would extend unemployment to 50 weeks for state and federal programs, up from the standard 26 weeks.
And now, on pork … which includes billion abroad, US Army arms purchases that go beyond their budgets, $ 40 million for the Kennedy Center, and almost $ 200 million so that federal HIV / AIDS workers overseas can purchase cars and auto insurance, among other things.
A minimum of $ 3.3 billion in grants to Israel.
$ 10 million for “gender programs” in Pakistan.
$ 1.3 billion to Egypt, and $ 700 million to Sudan.
135 million dollars for Burma, 85.5 million dollars for Cambodia, 1.4 billion dollars for an “Asia Reassurance Initiative Act” and 130 million dollars for Nepal.
$ 4 billion for the purchase of Navy weapons, $ 2 billion for the Space Force and $ 2 billion for Air Force missiles.
BUREAUCRATIC BONANZA AND OTHER MALARKEY
$ 40 million for Kennedy Center and funding to discourage teens from drinking and hooking up.
$ 193 million for federal HIV / AIDS workers to buy cars and auto insurance overseas, and a feminist museum.
Funding of a consumer education commission “On the dangers associated with using or storing portable fuel containers for flammable liquids near an open flame.” (What?)
Just remember, $ 600 is a important amount…
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