(USA Features) A coronavirus relief bill being crafted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and majority Democrats contains provisions and fundings for many unrelated things, Republicans argued Tuesday.
Included in the 1,400-page $2.5 trillion House package is $300 million for refugees and immigrants, the Washington Examiner reported.
The package calls “for an additional amount for ‘Migration and Refugee Assistance'” of $300 million to “remain available until expended, for necessary expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus: Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise slammed the proposal, labeling it Pelosi’s “socialist wish list.”
“Speaker Pelosi unveiled legislation aimed at exploiting the COVID-19 public health crisis by attempting to force the inclusion of a socialist wish list of policies that have nothing to do with the public health and economic emergency,” Scalise, Louisiana Republican, said.
Scalise detailed other Republican objections to the massive proposal including tougher fuel standards for airliners, minimum wage increases, extensions of visas and work authorizations — including those with TPS and DACA status — limits on Customs and Border Protection’s capabilities, and requiring the agency to “assure the timely adjudication of asylums applications,” while allowing “certain funding to go to sanctuary cities.”
Pelosi defended her bill and implored the GOP-controlled Senate to “move closer to the values” in it.