Of the many completely unrelated provisions in Nancy Pelosi’s “socialist wish list” bill that the House Speaker is demanding as ransom for the passage of emergency coronavirus funding, one line item getting a great deal of attention is the appropriation of $35 million for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as well as an additional $600 million for the arts and humanities.
It’s an obvious example of the intent by Democrat leaders to bundle superfluous, inappropriate causes with the critical rescue-funding intended to help carry the nation through an unprecedented time of public health and economic crises.
There is no explanation or defense for how funding the Kennedy Center contributes to the urgent effort to save the economy. As for the effort to contain the virus, well, the phrasing of the provision does claim to be for “operations and maintenance requirements related to the consequences of coronavirus.”
The bill reads: “For an additional amount for ‘Operations and Maintenance,’ $35,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2021, for operations and maintenance requirements related to the consequences of coronavirus: Provided, That notwithstanding the provisions of 20 U.S.C. 76th et seq., funds provided in this Act shall be made available to cover operating expenses required to ensure the continuity of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and its affiliates, including for employee compensation and benefits, grants, contracts, payments for rent or utilities, fees for artists or performers, information technology and other administrative expenses.”
Democrats believe #coronavirus can be cured by providing $35 million in funding to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. pic.twitter.com/i26vSzhiYU
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) March 24, 2020
Yep! 35 million for the Kennedy Center is crucial for small business in America right now. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/Zxs4OHhJDL
— Jim Poolman (@JimPoolman) March 24, 2020
Jesús H Christ, Nancy’s coronavirus bill wants $35,000,000 for the JFK performing arts center.
Democrats never get to use the word slush fund again, ever. pic.twitter.com/eId1MFDeG6
— Oilfield Rando (@Oilfield_Rando) March 23, 2020
$35MM for the JFK center for performing arts? Please defend this as to how it relates to the Covid virus pic.twitter.com/D1fhA7ey5C
— Robert Powell (@RPTexan) March 24, 2020
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is of course a popular tourist destination and facility for theatrical arts presentations and events, funded through a private-public partnership.
The absurdity goes on and on through the 1400-page Pelosi hostage note. The very next page of the bill following the Kennedy Center appropriation calls for $300 million for the National Endowment of the Arts and another $300 million for the National Endowment of the Humanities.
If $600,000,000 for the National Endowment of the Arts packed into a coronavirus emergency relief bill isn’t a “slush fund”, I don’t know what the hell is
— Oilfield Rando (@Oilfield_Rando) March 23, 2020
Further random and irrelevant funding provisions in Pelosi’s bill supposedly aimed at saving the economy include $100 million for NASA and $278 million for the IRS.
People are dying & house Dems want a slush fund; $35 mil. for Kennedy Center; $300 mil. for National Endowment of the Arts; $300 mil. for National Endowment of the Humanities; $100 mil. for NASA; $278 mil. for the IRS. What do these have to do with fighting #coronavirus?
— Chris Yaudas (@ChrisYaudas) March 24, 2020
The moves by Pelosi to refuse to support the Senate’s previous essential, bipartisan bill; to delay congressional action while Americans lose their jobs; and to quickly emerge with a massive 1400-page legislation package encompassing a broad range of funding provisions for progressive causes clearly demonstrate the left’s evil intent and self-serving ambition that have no rational place in dealing with the current existential crises the nation is grappling with.
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