Despite pushback from voters and even some in the left wing media, Congressional Democrats continue to push for ideological demands in the coronavirus relief package.
Pelosi's stimulus even includes language on people returning "Obamaphones" to the government.
While that alone could debatably be a good policy, it is completely unrelated to the issue at hand: providing relief to Americans and the economy.
Senator Tom Cotton has had enough.
He took to Twitter to expose Pelosi's top 12 "absurd" stimulus demands.
There were many more ideological policies that Pelosi is attempting to push, but Cotton focused on the most outrageous ones.
See more details including Senator Cotton's tweets below:
Senator Cotton pointed out that Democrats routinely look for the opportunities in crisis to pass their agenda.
Cotton wants the country to know that the GOP and President Trump are working quickly to to help the American people...
But Democrats, lead by Pelosi, are pushing a radical wish list.
For example, what does required same day voter registration have to do with the COVID-19 pandemic?!
And wouldn't that increase the risk of voter fraud?
It seems like an unusual move coming from a party that spent at least 3 years complaining about Russia's interference in the election.
Fox News has more on Pelosi's left wing demands, including policy around "Obamaphones":
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced her own emergency coronavirus stimulus bill on Monday, leading furious Republicans to argue that much of the proposal contained a progressive wishlist seemingly unrelated to the crisis -- including several provisions that amount to a resurrection of the notorious "Obamaphone" program, GOP officials said.
The bill proposed by Pelosi, D-Calif., additionally seeks to eliminate debt held by the U.S. Postal Service, require same-day voter registration, pay off $10,000 in student debt per person, mandate that airlines reduce their overall carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050, and force federal agencies to explain to Congress how they are increasing their usage of "minority banks."
And, the legislation would provide for the automatic extension of nonimmigrant visas and restrict colleges from providing information about citizenship status. It would also allocate $35 million to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
"People are dying and all Nancy Pelosi and Democrats can focus on is ripping off the American taxpayer to help pay for their liberal wish list of government handouts," National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokesman Michael McAdams said in a statement.
"As long as the White House keeps the checkbook open, Democrats will keep taking things," a senior Senate GOP leadership source told Fox News late Monday.
The NRCC went on to accuse Pelosi of cramming the bill "full of unrelated liberal goodies, including a return of the 'Obamaphone.'" Pelosi, the NRCC pointed out, wants $1 billion "to build on program expanded by President Obama that provides discounted phone service for low-income consumers."
That was an apparent reference to Title III, Section 301 of Pelosi's bill, which allocates $1 billion and calls for federal authorities to immediately expand the "emergency lifeline broadband benefit" for every household that contains at least one "qualifying low-income consumer." The bill refers to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to define the broadband benefit.
Title 47, Section 8.1(b) of the CFR defines "broadband internet access service" as including cell phones, saying it is any "mass-market retail service by wire or radio that provides the capability to transmit data to and receive data from all or substantially all internet endpoints, including any capabilities that are incidental to and enable the operation of the communications service."
A comprehensive 2017 report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that that the "Obamaphone" program, which gave cell phones to poor people under the broadband benefit, stashed $9 billion in private bank accounts and was "rife with fraud," the Washington Times reported at the time.
The program -- officially known as the Lifeline Program and run by the Federal Communications Commission -- predated President Obama but received attention during his time in office when recipients began to associate the free phone with other benefits given to the poor.
Former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat who called for the GAO report, blasted the "Obamaphone" program for lack of oversight.
“A complete lack of oversight is causing this program to fail the American taxpayer — everything that could go wrong is going wrong,” McCaskill said. “We’re currently letting phone companies cash a government check every month with little more than the honor system to hold them accountable, and that simply can’t continue."
No wonder Senator Cotton sounded off!
Throughout Trump's presidency, the Democrats had opportunities to fight for legislation they actually wanted...
Instead, they wasted their time and American tax payer money to pursue a reckless impeachment inquiry.
Now, when Americans need our leaders to act in a time of crisis, the Democrats attempt to push their far left wish list onto the country.
Watch Senator Cotton speak on the Senate floor below:
The proposed bill is over 1,100 pages long.
Has Pelosi or her Democrat colleagues truly had the time to read, process, and understand everything that they are proposing?
It's important to help Americans, but it's equally important for our leaders to be good stewards of tax payer money.
James S. Robbins of USA Today accused Democrats of hijacking COVID-19 for a liberal Christmas wishlist in March:
You never let a serious crisis go to waste, as Rahm’s Rule says. Never was there a more concise summary of both the promise and dysfunction of American politics.
Every time the country faces a crisis, real or perceived, there is a rush in Congress to pass massive bills that go far beyond responding to the matter at hand. These phonebook-sized (if I can use an anachronism) emergency acts are too long and detailed for any legislator to read and fully comprehend, but you can bet they are stuffed with gimmicks, giveaways, sweetheart deals and ill-advised policies with no bearing on the crisis itself.
The latest example is the newly-introduced House version of the “Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act,” intended to afford stimulus and stability in the face of the economic crisis fomented by COVID-19. The bill may provide some form of succor to the economy, but in the words of Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), the crisis is also “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” In other words, coronavirus gives good cover to impose progressive requirements on stricken businesses and a society eager to see government simply act. And fast.
Liberal special interests
The 1119-page bill is Christmas in March for liberal special interests. It imposes racial and gender pay equity provisions, diversity on corporate boards, increased use of minority-owned banks by federal offices, and a grab-bag of other diversity-themed requirements. It increases the collective bargaining power for unions and cancels all the debt owed by the U.S. Postal Service to the U.S. Treasury. For the global warming crowd there are increased fuel emission standards and required carbon offsets for airlines, plus tax credits for alternative energy programs. For the kids there is a provision for student loan payment deferment, and for the education bureaucrats who overcharge them a $9.5 billion giveaway to colleges and universities. It gives $100 million to juvenile justice programs, and suspends various aspects of enforcement of immigration laws.
Perhaps the most troubling sections of the bill are under the rubric ‘‘American Coronavirus/COVID–19 Election Safety and Security” or ‘‘ACCESS” Act. This section would impose requirements on states for early voting, voting by mail, required mailing of absentee ballots to everyone, ballot harvesting (i.e., having third parties deliver absentee ballots), online voter registration, same-day registration and other practices which undermine confidence in the integrity of the ballot. In these days of increasing threats to election security we should be moving rapidly back to in-person paper ballots, but this bill would be a radical step in the wrong direction.
It is hard quickly to root out whatever other aspects of this bill bear no relationship to COVID-19, but to its backers that is the point. We can’t really know what’s in it until they pass it, to paraphrase Speaker Pelosi on another such memorable occasion.
The politics of the Democratic proposal are not hard to figure. Democrats are concerned that the Coronavirus crisis could be a “9/11 moment” for President Trump, that people might put aside partisanship for a moment to rally around a leader trying his best to help the country cope.
Are Democrats attempting to humiliate or hamstring the president?
Are they purposefully including language that they no will receive no bipartisan support so that they can blame the GOP and the president for not passing a relief package?
This is a question that many are asking.
We hope that our leaders are not callous, but Pelosi's moves appear questionable at best.
In the meantime, we can only hope that medical scientists and researchers are closer to finding a vaccines or cure for the novel coronavirus.
See Pelosi unveiling her $2.5 trillion virus stimulus plan below: