$10m for Pakistan ‘gender programs’? ‘America First’ trends in furious response to pork-filled Covid ‘relief’ bill

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The text of the latest COVID-19 stimulus bill has been posted and Americans are noticing more than just the small portion that bestows them with $600 checks.

In fact, the long-awaited and much-demanded stimulus checks, to help Americans deal with the pandemic’s economic effects, make up a drop in the pork-filled bucket of taxpayer-funded handouts. Along with funding for coronavirus vaccine distribution and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, there is an eye-popping array of outrageous spending – and funding to other nations.

From climate change to horse racing, Congress has left no pork behind in the massive 5,593-page document that makes the $600 stimulus checks, versus the $1,200 checks in the initial relief package earlier in the pandemic, even more insulting to the American people.

The amount of tax dollars in the approximately $900 billion deal that will be shipped out to foreign countries, and that have nothing to do with providing relief to Americans, is staggering.

Those additions include infuriating handouts such as $10 million toward “gender programs” in Pakistan, as  Grabien Media’s Tom Elliott and others pointed out on social media.

“The people who are supposed to represent you actually hate you,” Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk tweeted.

The bill includes generous funding for other countries, as Townhall’s Beth Bauman and others noted in several tweets.

A “Climate Security Advisory Council” is established in the bill.

“Invasive Species assessment, mitigation and reductions” have been allotted $130 million and another $193 million is set aside for federal HIV/AIDS workers to be able to buy cars while stationed n other countries. Funding is provided to establish a museum on “the life, art, history, and culture of women” as well as programs to address underage drinking.

Apparently, lawmakers believed the emergency bill should include several protections for racehorses.

Of course, there were certainly some more government-related items, such as mandating diversity in the intelligence community and millions for Joe Biden’s transition team.

There is even funding provided to investigate a 112-year-old riot, according to Kirk.

Many other examples of unnecessary pandering to special interests are piled into the massive bill, and the highlights were shared by many on Twitter. A handful of lawmakers did vote against the relief package but, naturally, were being slammed for not caring about Americans who desperately need the measly $600 of their own money. Some praised the senators who voted no.

The waste of taxpayer funds to bankroll the interests of other nations ignited Twitter users who demanded to know what happened to putting America first.

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Frieda Powers

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