Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized President Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, pointing out that “only 9 percent of this $1.9 trillion is related to health care.”
“This $1.9 trillion bill is the same size as the bill we passed last April, right in the middle of the pandemic,” McConnell said. “This is not the same country we had a year ago. Only 9 percent of this $1.9 trillion is related to health care, and less than 1 percent of this $1.9 trillion bill is related to vaccines.… The vaccines are going out. The economies are opening up. As you just pointed out, a lot of money that was sitting on the sidelines, for obvious reasons, over the last year is about to begin to be spent.”
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is also criticizing the bill, claiming it “is not a COVID relief bill,” and threatening to force the entire nearly 600-page bill to be read out loud before voting.
I'm going to make the Senate clerk read the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion bill. All several hundred pages of it.
Then I’m going to offer amendments. Many amendments.
We need to highlight the abuse.
This is not a COVID relief bill.
It's a boondoggle for Democrats.
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) March 3, 2021
Johnson later added, “Since more than 90% of this ‘COVID relief’ bill is not even related to COVID, I think we need a full reading of the bill. Yes, it could take 10 hours but the American people deserve to know what’s in it.”
Of the many expensive and COVID unrelated items included in Biden’s bill, titled the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021,” is a provision that allows federal employees to receive up to $1,400 a week for 15 weeks as paid time off if they have any kids who are not enrolled in full-time, in-classroom instruction as their school.
Forbes reported: “Under the bill as currently drafted, full-time federal employees can take up to 600 hours in paid leave until September 30, up to $35 an hour and $1,400 a week. That’s 15 weeks for a 40-hour employee. Part-time and “seasonal” employees are eligible, too, with equivalent hours established by their agency.”