The $2 trillion spending package to boost the economy in response to the coronavirus crisis includes a $350 million pot of money for “Migration and Refugee Assistance” -- the latest item in the legislative behemoth that is angering critics.
While a number of items that Republicans objected to got trimmed in the final Senate bill, the Migrant and Refugee Assistance item actually increased by $50 million to $350 million. That's more than the bill put forward by House Democrats earlier this week, which included $300 million in “Migrant and Refugee Assistance” for the State Department.
Millions of Americans need help now. Dangerous poison pills like $350,000,000 for "Migration and Refugee Assistance" put America LAST.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 25, 2020
Democrats: This is not the time to advance your legislative agenda.
This is the time to put #AmericaFirst. pic.twitter.com/1N9ArCVr5V
GOP Senators seemed to voice little opposition to these insane inclusions into the bill and could have to answer for this during the next election cycle.
The bill ultimately passed the Senate 96-0 and is expected to pass the House in a voice vote on Friday. It includes a number of measures to boost businesses and help individuals hurt by the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
But it includes controversial items, such as $25 million in funding for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.