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On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tore into his Democrat peers Wednesday for conveniently choosing to hear only what they wanted to hear.
In a video speech published Tuesday after Congress agreed on a coronavirus relief bill/omnibus package, President Donald Trump demanded $2000 per person in coronavirus relief spending AND also a paring down of the package’s wasteful spending.
Yet in response to the president’s speech, Democrats fell over themselves in their rush to endorse (and take credit for) only one half of the president’s proposal.
In doing so, they made it seem as if it was because of Republicans that the American people were being “denied” a quick $2000 payment into their bank accounts.
Mr. President, sign the bill to keep government open! Urge McConnell and McCarthy to agree with the Democratic unanimous consent request for $2,000 direct payments! This can be done by noon on Christmas Eve!
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 23, 2020
That’s great! I first introduced a bill to provide a $2,000 direct payment with @SenKamalaHarris & @EdMarkey 7 months ago. Now, Mr. President, get Mitch McConnell and your Republican friends to stop opposing it and we can provide working class Americans with $2,000. Let’s do it. https://t.co/fKvqBsqM0k
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 23, 2020
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) December 23, 2020
Responding to this deceptive virtue-signaling, McCarthy penned a letter ostensibly to his “Republican Colleagues” slamming Democrats for their “selective hearing.”
“House Democrats appear to be suffering from selective hearing. They have conveniently ignored the concerns expressed by the President, and shared by our constituents, that we ought to reexamine how our tax dollars are spent overseas while so many of our neighbors at home are struggling to make ends meet,” he wrote.
“Thus, Republicans will offer a unanimous consent request to revisit the State and Foreign Operations title of the Omnibus so that we can fully address the concerns at hand. It will be up to Speaker Pelosi to decide if she wants to act on behalf of the American people.”
By doing this, McCarthy essentially put the ball back in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s court.
View the letter below:
Democrats appear to be suffering from selective hearing. They’ve conveniently ignored @realDonaldTrump‘s call to reexamine tax dollars wasted overseas while so many Americans are struggling at home.
Republicans will act to put America first.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 24, 2020
In his speech Tuesday, the president cited example after example of wasteful spending, from “$25 million for democracy and gender programs in Pakistan” to “$40 million for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., which is not even open for business.”
And in outlining his demands, he called for BOTH an increase in money to the American people and a decrease in wasteful, unnecessary spending.
“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple. I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package, and maybe that administration will be me, and we will get it done,” he said.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) December 23, 2020
Of course, the president’s speech only covered the tip of the iceberg.
According to Reason magazine, the monstrosity of a package also “instructs the Smithsonian Institution to create two new identity-based museums: one for women, and one for Latinos,” and includes “a plan for building a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library in North Dakota.”
“In short, this is an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink bill. It contains dozens if not hundreds of policy proposals that ought to be considered on their own merits, not attached to pandemic relief and smuggled into law by a desperate and confused Congress that has no idea what it’s voting for,” Reason further notes.
The need for spending cuts is clear. Filling in for regular host Sean Hannity on Fox News’ “Hannity” late Wednesday, retired Congressman Jason Chaffetz bluntly said, “Congress has a choice to make.”
“Will they deliver needed aid to Americans struggling [in] the pandemic, or will they retreat to the old ways of Washington, where pork-packed projects, foreign nations, and the special interests take priority over the forgotten men and women of the United States of America?”
“President Trump was elected to be a disruptive force. He was never a ‘go along to get along’ politician. Time and time again, President Trump has made it clear that he hears the call from American people to stand up to the political class and he hears calls to buck the status quo and to stand up to special interests. His only priority has been that of the American people,” he added.
“Here’s the core question. Will they also agree to cut out the pork and all the reckless spending in the legislation? They probably won’t. Unfortunately, wasteful spending and misplaced priorities are nothing new inside the Democrats’ ever-growing far-left wishlist.”
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