Rep. Jordan: ‘Is It Really a #COVID19 Relief Bill if Less Than 9% of the Bill Goes to Defeating COVID-19?’

Craig Bannister | February 23, 2021 | 3:53pm EST
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Rep. Jim Jordan

Democrats’ $1.9 trillion spending proposal shouldn’t be called a COVID relief bill, since so little of it actually goes to dealing with the coronavirus, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) suggested Tuesday.

In a Twitter post, Rep. Jordan echoes the sentiment of Republican House Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.):

“The @GOPLeader is right. Is it really a #COVID19 relief bill if less than 9% of the bill goes to defeating COVID-19?”

Jordan was referring to an earlier post by Rep. McCarthy citing a Wall Street Journal editorial examining Democrats’ so-called COVID relief bill:

“President Biden's so-called #COVID plan is ‘a progressive blowout for the ages that does little for the economy but will finance Democratic interest groups for years. Please don’t call it COVID relief,’ according to @WSJopinion.”

“The Non-Covid Spending Blowout” by Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, reports that “Most of the $1.9 trillion House bill has little to do with the virus.”

The analysis begins by detailing the small portion of the COVID bill that actually directly relates to addressing COVID:

“Let’s dig into the various House committee bills to separate the Covid from the chaff. The Covid cash includes some $75 billion for vaccinations, treatments, testing and medical supplies. There’s also $19 billion for “public health,” primarily for state health departments and community health centers. One might even count the $6 billion to the Indian Health Service, or $4 billion for mental health.”

But, the piece goes on to report that “Enormous sums go to expanding favorite Democratic programs,” including:

  • $86 billion to rescue 185 or so multiemployer pension plans,
  • $35 billion for subsidies to defray ObamaCare premiums,
  • $39 billion for child care,
  • $30 billion for public transit agencies,
  • $1.5 million for the Seaway International Bridge, and
  • $500 million for “grants to fund activities related to the arts, humanities, libraries and museums, and Native American language preservation.”
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