If you thought yesterday’s votes in the House of Representatives and Senate were about rushing aid to Americans and American businesses financially stricken by the government-mandated COVID19 restrictions that are killing the economy, you’re sorely mistaken.
What’s actually hidden in the 5,593 pages that make up the $2.3 Trillion spending bill that no Congress member had time to read before voting?
Well, here are just a few examples, gathered by the folks over at Breitbart, of the billions of American tax dollars being sent to foreign governments at a time when many Americans are trying to find a way to keep their businesses and families afloat.
- $169,739,000 to Vietnam, including $19 million to remediate dioxins (page 1476).
- Unspecified funds to “continue support for not-for-profit institutions of higher education in Kabul, Afghanistan that is accessible to both women and men in a coeducational environment” (page 1477).
- $198,323,000 to Bangladesh, including $23.5 million to support Burmese refugees and $23.3 million for “democracy programs” (page 1485).
- $130,265,000 to Nepal for “development and democracy programs” (page 1485).
- Pakistan: $15 million for “democracy programs” and $10 million for “gender programs” (page 1486).
- Sri Lanka: Up to $15 million “for the refurbishing of a high endurance cutter,” which is a type of patrol boat (page 1489).
- $505,925,000 to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama to “address key factors contributing to the migration of unaccompanied, undocumented minors to the United States” (pages 1490-1491).
- $461,375,000 to Colombia for programs related to counternarcotics and human rights (pages 1494-1496).
- $74.8 million to the “Caribbean Basin Security Initiative” (page 1498).
- $33 million “for democracy programs for Venezuela” (page 1498).
- Unspecified amount to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Curacao, and Trinidad and Tobago “for assistance for communities in countries supporting or otherwise impacted by refugees from Venezuela” (page 1499).
- $132,025,000 “for assistance for Georgia” (page 1499).
- $453 million “for assistance for Ukraine” (page 1500).
Is it any wonder that most Americans believe both parties in Washington are corrupt and not working in the interest of America?
Please share your thoughts in the comment section on this page. Do you agree or disagree with the way Congress spends your tax dollars?