While the coronavirus is taking off and people are busy criticizing President Donald Trump or Ben Carson over the way they handle it, there's other members of government doing things that are causing what could amount to big time overspending by big time government.
If you read the news lately, you'll know that the United States government has approved an $8.3 billion aid package to combat coronavirus in America and overseas. On the surface, that looks spectacular.
However, did you know that only $2.5 billion was requested? So how did the request turn into $8.3 billion? Well, that's what happens when the government gets involved. You ask them for what you need and they throw in a ton of extras and call it a deal.
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This was all exposed by Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs who actually voted against the coronavirus spending package, because he called it inflated and didn't think the amount should've been that high. He and Rand Paul both opposed it.
Biggs said it would be a challenge to spend the $2.5 billion, and if they needed more funding, they could've voted on it then and not have tripled the amount provided.
Congressman Biggs was furious and posted this press release:
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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $8.3 billion supplemental appropriations bill to respond to coronavirus cases in the United States. Congressman Biggs voted against the package and issued the following statement:
“Last month, when coronavirus spread from China, President Donald Trump took decisive action to prevent a wave of cases in the United States. He also asked Congress for $2.5 billion that efficiently designated funding for the federal government’s response, and he appointed Vice President Mike Pence to head a coronavirus taskforce. Even with the president’s actions, Democrats have used every opportunity to attack him and his administration for their handling of this issue. With lives and health at risk, Democrats have chosen instead to politicize the matter.
“In true Washington, D.C. fashion, congressional appropriators turned the president’s reasonable $2.5 billion request into a bloated $8.3 billion package. By passing this larded-up bill, Congress again fails to wisely appropriate taxpayer dollars. I would have supported the president’s request for $2.5 billion, knowing that, if we spent all the funds, Congress could have provided additional funding.
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“Throwing money at a potentially serious issue does not alleviate the American people’s concerns. Nor does politicizing the issue to score points for future elections. Congressional Republicans and Democrats should join the White House to calmly, wisely, and pro-actively communicate a unified response to their constituents. We must rise to the occasion and do what is best for this situation – as well as for future generations. Unfortunately, this bill fell short of that objective.”
KTAR news reported on where the money is likely to be spent after an interview with Biggs.
The legislation would provide federal public health agencies money for vaccine development, tests, and potential treatments, including $300 million to deliver such drugs to those who need it.
The federal Health and Human Services department pledged $500,000 to Arizona’s effort to fight the outbreak.
The state has had two cases of the virus – one confirmed and the other a confirmed presumptive case. Both patients have been in Maricopa County.
More than $2 billion would go to help federal, state and local governments prepare for and respond to the coronavirus threat.
An additional $1.3 billion would be used to help fight the virus overseas.
Biggs makes a great point. How did the request seriously get that big?
What other extras did they throw in to inflate the budget that high?
Where are they getting the money?
How are they really spending it?
Who is keeping tabs on the budget and where the money goes?
Who will be held accountable if there's a lack of transparency (which seems like there already is)?
I think the people want answers!