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Rep. Ferguson: Eliminate progressive handouts in $1.9T bill, put towards vaccines, health

February 26, 2021

This rushed, hyper-partisan $1.9 trillion bill is out of touch with the real and urgent needs facing the public, writes Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) in a Washington Examiner piece. Click here to read it.

Key Takeaways:

  • “Their so-called ‘American Rescue Plan’ is one of the largest spending packages in history, at an estimated cost of $1.9 trillion dollars. But a mere 9 percent of those dollars will go toward public health provisions to crush COVID-19.”
  • “[Let’s eliminate] the handouts for Biden and Rep. Nancy Pelosi to pay off the liberal base of their caucus… there is more than $350 billion to bail out blue states that have been mismanaged, nearly $86 billion to line the pockets of special interest groups, $135 million for the National Endowment of the Arts, and $112 million to build an underground tunnel for Big Tech executives in Pelosi’s home state.”
  • “Democrats have also chosen to overlook the more than $1 trillion in unspent funds available from previously enacted COVID-19 relief legislation. This unspent money includes billions of dollars designated for the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses and create jobs, resources for schools to reopen, and funding for child care services.”
  • “This package fails to address the problems at hand while exacerbating the issues facing people right now. This isn’t a bill to provide relief from the pandemic; it’s a Trojan horse for Democrats to pass their expensive and unpopular policy positions while they have the chance. A relief bill should provide relief — not create more headaches for hardworking citizens.”

Read the full op-ed here.