WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, Senator Rick Scott and colleagues are calling out the hundreds of billions of dollars in House Democrats’ massive $1.9 trillion “COVID” spending bill to bailout failed politicians in states like New York and California for their decades of mismanaged pensions and state budgets.
See more from Senator Scott “Senate Republicans on Wednesday blasted $350 billion in state and local aid in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill — singling out those funds as ‘wasteful’ after a California rail project was cut from the bill amid withering GOP criticism.
The Republican focus on state and local aid comes ahead of a protracted struggle over amendments to the bill, which is expected to pass the Senate this week with few if any Republican votes.
But Republicans said the $1.9 trillion bill is far from the pandemic-focused necessity that Biden claims.
The less-flashy state and local aid is largely unnecessary, Republican senators said, arguing that the funds would bail out big-spending Democratic local governments or allow them to increase spending.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said that the bill would contribute to inflation, causing unintended consequences for poor families when household items and groceries increase in price.
‘It’s not about COVID — less than 2 percent of the bill is going to deal with COVID. Less 1 percent is going to deal with vaccines,’ Scott said.
Scott also cited aid for California despite increasing revenue and said some states and cities have unspent funds from $400 billion in prior federal pandemic aid.
‘I mean $350 billion, we can’t waste the money. We have $27 trillion worth of debt. If the Democrats pass this bill, it’ll be $30 trillion worth of debt,’ Scott said.…”
Read the full article in the New York Post ###