Democrats’ Stimulus, H.R. 1 & Opening Schools

Democrats’ $1.9 Trillion Stimulus

  • Democrats’ massive stimulus bill has very little to do with COVID relief.
  • Biden’s $1.9 trillion bill puts a greater emphasis on fulfilling political goals of the left than it does helping small businesses and American families.
  • An analysis by the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget found that more than 15% of the proposed package — about $300 billion — will go toward long-standing policy priorities that are “not directly related to the current crisis.”
  • Only 9% of the nearly $2 trillion package goes to COVID relief.
  • Only 1% of the spending will go toward accelerating vaccine distribution.
  • Just 5% is focused on public health needs.
  • The bill also requests an additional $130 billion in funding for schools. As much as $63 billion in funds remains unspent from previously passed legislation.
  • Over 15% of the nearly $2 trillion package will go to longstanding policy priorities unrelated to COVID.
  • The Democrats’ bill is full of earmarks that have nothing to do with COVID relief.
    • $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
    • Another $135 million earmarked for the National Endowment for the Humanities
    • $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences
    • Over $100 million for a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) expansion project just outside of Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco.
  • Any new relief funding should be targeted, temporary, and tied directly to COVID relief.

H.R. 1: Democrats’ Latest Power Grab

  • H.R. 1 is an attempt by Democrats to federalize elections and weaponize the Federal Election Commission, even in the midst of a pandemic.
  • Democrats’ bill, H.R. 1, would implement unconstitutional federal standards mandating “national rules” they have long desired.
    • H.R. 1 would transform the Federal Election Commission (FEC) into a partisan 5-member organization under control of the White House.
    • The bill promises to expand flawed vote by mail systems Democrats pushed during the 2020 Presidential election.
  • Election officials say fraud in voting by mail is “vastly more prevalent than the in-person voting fraud.”
  • Election integrity is one of the most critical issues we face as a Party and as a country. We must ensure Americans have confidence in our elections.
    • In 2020, the RNC ran its most comprehensive legal strategy to date, spending more than $30 million on election protection efforts in battleground states across the country.
    • The new RNC Committee on Election Integrity will play a crucial role in restoring confidence in our elections, promoting election integrity, and recommending best practices to ensure that future elections are free, fair, and transparent.
  • RNC Research: Democrats’ Latest Power Grab

    Opening Schools

  • It’s become increasingly clear, Joe Biden had no plan to safely get students back in the classroom on Day One.
    • Joe Biden is letting 25,000 asylum seekers into the U.S. all before getting our children back in schools.
  • The science supports getting students back into the classroom and we should put our students first.
    • Biden’s own CDC Director has said closing the schools does not actually reduce transmission rates: “there is more spread that is happening in the community when schools are not open than when schools are open”
    • The CDC Director also noted it’s possible to safely open schools without all teachers being vaccinated.
  • Biden’s stimulus bill is not about reopening schools.
    • It only has $6 billion to reopen schools in FY2021. The rest of the funding wouldn’t be spent for years, after 100% of Americans are vaccinated.
  • Remote learning is devastating working parents, especially moms.
  • Under President Trump, more than half of the jobs created went to women, but Biden’s refusal to reopen schools is forcing women out of the workforce.

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