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President-elect Joe Biden’s massive stimulus package proposal is nothing more than a “bailout” for Democrat-run states that failed at handling the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Florida lawmaker.
Rep. Michael Waltz condemned the additional spending announced by Biden in his $1.9 trillion proposal to address the U.S. economy struggling under the pandemic after months of crippling lockdowns and restrictions. The Florida Republican, a combat-decorated veteran and former Green Beret, spoke with Fox News about Biden’s “American Rescue Plan.”
Unveiled by Biden on Thursday, the plan includes payments of $1,400 to most Americans, in addition to last month’s $600 payments, and an increase in unemployment benefits. The federal minimum wage would be raised to $15 per hour and billions would be doled out to state and local governments.
In addition to the $50 billion proposed to go toward COVID-19 testing, there is also a plan to speed the nation’s vaccination program and help schools and businesses re-open. Many state and local Democrat leaders now seem to be reversing their months-long opposition to President Trump’s calls to reopen their economies by suddenly declaring a need to get back to business.
(Source: Fox News)
Joining “Fox & Friends” on Friday, Waltz called out Biden’s proposal for rewarding the Democrat-run states that obviously failed at handling the pandemic better.
“This is a bailout package for blue states for their bad policies, for their lockdown policies,” he said.
“The best stimulus that we could have as a country is to allow the economy to smartly and safely open like we have done in Florida. Kids have been in school in person since last August. And we are not having a statewide meltdown,” the congressman, who represents Florida’s 6th congressional district, added.
“You can wear masks and space out and go to school because we take the approach of letting business owners and individuals and families make those smart decisions, rather than these mass policies from lockdowns, and our numbers aren’t any worse or aren’t any different than California and New York, but, you know, now they have these massive state budget deficits,” he continued.
Honored to see Florida’s #COVID vaccine distribution in action today at the Volusia County Fairgrounds!
— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) January 14, 2021
“They have to fill that hole. States have to balance their budget, the federal government doesn’t,” Waltz pointed out.
“So AOC and now Joe Biden are going to the big piggy bank in the sky that prints nonstop money,” he said, referring to U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
Biden justified the cost and size of the proposal in his address on Thursday.
“I know what I just described does not come cheaply, but failure to do so will cost us dearly,” he said. “The consensus among leading economists is, we simply cannot afford not to do what I’m proposing.”
Waltz, like many others, sees the long-range implications of trillions of dollars in additional debt.
“Here is the thing, our spending package that we passed was $1.5 trillion. We have now spent over six trillion and counting and bringing it full circle to the bigger picture, you know, the Chinese military, their command is counting on this country going bankrupt before they then make their big moves around the world,” the lawmaker contended.
“And every estimate I have seen has accelerated that between 2024 and 2026 now with this additional spending,” Waltz said.
The GOP lawmaker showed his appreciation for the National Guard troops who are currently protecting the Capitol Building, delivering pizzas along with Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri.
Thank you to our @USNationalGuard for their continued service to our country.
— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) January 13, 2021
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