Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), RSC’s newly elected chairman, said in a memo sent to RSC members that they have put up all items of “special interest pork and other liberal goodies” included in the bill.
Democrats on last Friday unveiled the full text of the 591-page bill (pdf), titled the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.”
“Keep in mind only 1 percent of this $1.9 trillion will go toward vaccines, and only 5 percent overall of this entire package is geared toward public health efforts directly related to the pandemic,” Banks said in an interview with Fox News.
Banks said President Joe Biden’s bill is a “bailout full of kickbacks to Democrats special interest groups that gave them power,” such as $10 million to every labor union, bailouts to Planned Parenthood, stimulus grants to illegal immigrant families.
“If that’s not bad enough, Nancy Pelosi plugged in a $200 million earmark for an underground tunnel in San Francisco for Silicon Valley employees,” Banks said. “This is a bailout to the special interest groups that gave them power.”
The fact sheet also pointed out that the $50 million for EPA environment justice grants is a “thinly-veiled kickback to leftist environmental groups.”
Under the category of the “left’s social justice agenda” billions are given in loan forgiveness and subsidies to “farmers and ranchers on the basis of race and ethnicity,” the RSC fact sheet claimed.