By New York Post. Polls show most Americans support the federal COVID-19 relief bill. But if they knew what’s in it, they might feel differently. The bill is an affront to the American ideal of equal treatment under law — and a slap in the face for people who want everyone helped fairly.
Section 1005 of the bill offers “socially disadvantaged” farm owners total debt forgiveness of up to hundreds of thousands of no-strings dollars per farmer. But white men needn’t apply. The bill’s definition of “socially disadvantaged,” drawn from elsewhere in federal law, limits aid to racial groups who faced historic discrimination.
Newly elected Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), who proposed the measure, says it will make up for years of discrimination. Sorry, senator, but this is discrimination.
Discrimination likewise mars the bill’s aid to restaurants. It grants restaurant owners up to $5 million per facility to offset losses caused by lockdowns. That’s a lifeline for restaurants barely hanging on.
Here’s the hitch: Only women, veterans and owners of “socially and economically disadvantaged” concerns (again, defined racially elsewhere in federal law) may apply during the program’s first three weeks. Most white males go to the back of the line, even if their needs are more pressing. (Read more from “Biden’s COVID Relief Bill Is Chock Full of Anti-White Reverse Racism” HERE)
House To Vote on $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill This Week as Senate Considers Minimum Wage Hike
By CBS News. The House is expected to approve President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal later this week in a party-line vote, after the House Budget Committee advanced the bill on Monday. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Tuesday evening that the House would vote on the legislation on Friday.
Although the narrow Democratic majority in the House will likely pass the bill as is, it’s unclear whether a provision raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025 will be included in the final Senate version of the legislation.
The bill, which includes $1,400 in direct payments to Americans making under $75,000, extra money for vaccine distribution and funding to state and local governments, was approved by the Budget Committee on Monday by a vote of 19 to 16. Congressman Lloyd Doggett was the sole Democrat to join Republicans in voting against the bill, although a spokesperson for Doggett later said in a statement that his “no” vote was a mistake and he “supports the COVID-19 relief legislation.” (Read more from “House To Vote on $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill This Week as Senate Considers Minimum Wage Hike” HERE)