(FreedomJournal.org)- Apparently, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have a hidden reason why they’re trying to push through a massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus economic relief package.
Buried deep down within the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, on page 305 to be exact, is an Emergency Federal Employee Leave Fund. The $570 million set aside for that “fund” would be reserved exclusively for employees of the federal government.
These employees would be eligible to receive money from this fund if they are caring for any school-aged children who aren’t physically in school full time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the language of the bill, such federal employees would qualify if the school “or place of care … has been closed.” It goes beyond that, too, though. It also makes the funds available if the school offers some type of hybrid instruction, full virtual instruction or if the child care provider isn’t available due to “COVID-19 precautions.”
Through September 30, the federal employees would be able to draw down up to $35 per hour and $1,400 per week. That basically amounts to 600 total hours in paid leave, or 15 weeks.
Further, the bill doesn’t specify a cutoff age for children who are being forced to learn remotely, or whether even if college-age students would qualify for these federal employees.
Any federal employee who has children in a private school would not qualify for this program.
So, it’s no wonder, then, that House Speaker Pelosi and her Democratic comrades are pushing so hard for this economic relief package to be passed through Congress without bipartisan support. They are set to directly benefit from this plan, while they continue to keep schools closed. To make matters worse, they are set to saddle the American taxpayers with even more debt to pay for it.
The House is expected to pass the legislation in the House on Friday. The hope by Democrats, including President Joe Biden, is that the Senate will take up the proposal soon after and have it passed through before some coronavirus relief programs end in mid-March.
It’s very likely, though, that some changes are made to the bill once it makes its way to the Senate. Democrats have a much smaller margin of error in the upper Chamber, where they are unlikely to garner any support from Republicans. In addition, some centrist Democratic Senators such as Joe Manchin of West Virginia are likely to oppose some of the elements of the bill, including the $15 per hour minimum wage.
Most Republicans have taken the same stance against the bill — that it’s too big, does little to help businesses who have been shuttered or to reopen schools, and that it’s a waste of loads of money. As House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said:
“I haven’t seen a Republican yet that’s found something in there that they agree with. I think all Republicans believe in three simple things: They want a bill that puts us back to work, back to school and back to health. This bill is too costly, too corrupt and too liberal.”