Diaz-Balart: The New PPP= Pelosi’s Political Payoff
Feb 27, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement regarding House Democratic Leadership's fake COVID relief bill.
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has passed five bipartisan relief bills that total nearly $4 trillion. From this total, approximately $1 trillion remains unspent, yet House Democratic Leadership wants to waste an additional $2 trillion that our children and grandchildren will be forced to pay for. We must not be blindsided by its name; less than 10% of this bill actually focuses on COVID relief– more than 90% consists of Speaker Pelosi’s payoffs for her political patrons and bailouts for poorly managed states. Florida taxpayers should not be responsible for Cuomo and Newsom's incompetent management.
“This fake COVID relief bill is not targeted at defeating the virus and vaccinating Americans. Some of the “priorities” included in this “emergency” relief include $200 million for museums and library services, $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, and $112 million for an underground rail project in Silicon Valley. Increasing our national debt to fulfill Pelosi’s partisan wish list is just plain, unadulterated wastefulness and borders on corruption.
“As I have done for the past year, I will support bipartisan legislation that seeks to alleviate the ongoing struggle facing the American people as a result of this pandemic. American families and small businesses need our help, and their livelihoods should not be jeopardized by partisan political deceit.”