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Varney Mocks $3.5T Spending Bill’s $3B for ‘Tree Equity’

By Craig Bannister | September 27, 2021 | 2:11pm EDT
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Varney and Company chided some of the more controversial items in Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending bill – like $3 billion for “non-racist trees” and $15 million for older people with gender identity issues.

“It's a 2,400 page bill and there's something for everybody, Lauren Simonetti explained to Host Stuart Varney.

While she couldn’t make sense of the $15 million for the resource center for older people with gender identity issues, Simonetti said that that should explain that the $3 billion spending “goes for tree planting and tree equity.”

“What’s tree equity?” Varney asked. “A basic right,” Simonetti explained. “Since trees are often sparse in low-income areas, mandating equitable tree cover in every neighborhood will address social inequality. I looked that up.”

“You’ve got to be kidding,” Varney said. “No, I’m dead serious,” Simonetti replied.

In addition to the “three billion for non-racist trees” and the geriatric gender-spending, the bill includes $300 million for additional government environmental oversight, Simonetti said:

“Gender identity issues for older people: $15 million, $3 billion for non-racist trees, and $300 million, this one’s easy, for more frequent federal environmental reviews.”

Earlier this year, a conservative organization called American Forests published a

“Tt's a 2,400 page bill and there's something for everybody,“ Lauren Simonetti explained to Host Stuart Varney.

While she couldn’t make sense of the $15 million for the resource center for older people with gender identity issues, Simonetti said that that should explain that the $3 billion spending “goes for tree planting and tree equity.”

“What’s tree equity?” Varney asked.

“A basic right,” Simonetti explained. “Since trees are often sparse in low-income areas, mandating equitable tree cover in every neighborhood will address social inequality. I looked that up.”

“You’ve got to be kidding,” Varney said.

“No, I’m dead serious,” Simonetti replied.

In addition to the “three billion for non-racist trees” and the geriatric gender-spending, the bill includes $300 million for additional government environmental oversight, Simonetti said:

“Gender identity issues for older people: $15 million, $3 billion for non-racist trees, and $300 million, this one’s easy, for more frequent federal environmental reviews.”

Earlier this year, a conservative organization called American Forests published a “Tree Equity Score Tool” to identify cities that would benefit the most from greater tree equity.

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