Perhaps Nancy Pelosi needs to learn from President Trump’s America First playbook.
Rather than prioritizing American citizens in her alternative coronavirus stimulus package, it appears that she has allocated $300 million to foreign refugees instead.
American taxpayer money should be used to help Americans who are suffering financially and physically due to the novel coronavirus.
But if Pelosi had her way, at least $300 million in taxpayer money would be helping foreign refugees isntead.
Her same plan only provides $15 million to the Veterans Employment and Training office.
If the numbers are any indication, it’s clear where Pelosi’s priorities are.
More details on her proposed coronavirus plan below:
Here's a screenshot of the Bill itself showing the $300M, from NPR full text of the Bill:
Here's a zoom in to the key part:
The $300 million for refugees also happens to be $100 million more than what Pelosi's plan designates for emergency food and shelter provisions for actual American citizens.
Breitbart has more details on Pelosi's proposal:
In comparison, for example, Pelosi’s plan only gives about $100 million in additional funds for runaways and homeless youth in the U.S. and only an extra $15 million to the “Veterans Employment and Training” office to help respond to the health crisis.
Taxpayer money for foreign refugees is also about $100 million more than what Pelosi’s plan specifically designates for the emergency food and shelter program under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Oppositely, President Trump’s State Department has halted refugee resettlement in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
Similar to Obamacare, Pelosi's bill is approximately 1,400 pages, which very few representatives will have a chance to fully read.
Her provisions are buried deep into the bill, so only those who take the time to fully study and understand the proposal will catch her political pork.
The Daily Caller confirms Pelosi's outrageous demands:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to assist Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic includes $300,000,000 for migrants and refugees.
Tucked into page 148 of the roughly 1,400-page bill, the stipulation allocates “an additional amount for ‘Migration and Refugee Assistance’, $300,000,000, to remain available until expended, for necessary expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.”
It's unclear why Pelosi appears to be prioritizing foreign refugees above American citizens.
When asked about Trump's performance and response to the pandemic, Pelosi simply shouted, "I don't care! I don't care!"
Watch below as she tries to shut down a CNN reporter touting Trump's successful response:
Fortunately, Republicans are not allowing Pelosi's subterfuge to go unnoticed.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise is ringing the alarm bell on Pelosi's proposal.
Americans have a right to know how their tax money is being spent. Furthermore, their tax money should be used wisely to help actual Americans.
The Washington Examiner has more on Scalise's comments:
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise slammed the proposal, labeling it Pelosi’s “socialist wish list.”
“Speaker Pelosi unveiled legislation aimed at exploiting the COVID-19 public health crisis by attempting to force the inclusion of a socialist wish list of policies that have nothing to do with the public health and economic emergency,” Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, said.
Scalise characterized Republican objections to the proposal, including minimum wage increases, extensions of visas and work authorizations (including those under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status), limiting Customs and Border Protection's capabilities, requiring the agency to “assure the timely adjudication of asylums applications," and allowing "certain funding to go to sanctuary cities.”
Pelosi defended the package in the Capitol and urged “the Senate to move closer to the values” in her bill.
“We give direct payments to families in a robust way and strengthen the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit,” Pelosi said.
As the economy teeters, it's important now more than ever to be prudent with government spending.
It's important to help Americans, but it's equally important to be mindful of the budget and of how taxpayer money is being spent.
Pelosi's actions show that Democrats are continuing to push partisan policies into relief bills that are meant to bolster the economy and healthcare response.