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Pelosi backs Pingree proposal to send checks to illegal immigrants in $3 trillion proposal

Speaker Nancy Pelosi prepares to administer the oath of office to Rep. Chellie Pingree.

WASHINGTON D.C. – The provisions of a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D – Maine) that would send checks to some illegal immigrants has been added to the latest COVID-19 stimulus proposal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The original proposal covered by Maine Examiner would have sent $1,200 stimulus checks to some illegal immigrants by using their ITIN numbers to qualify them for the check.

The new proposal would retroactively grant those illegal immigrants the previous stimulus payments of $1,200 per adult and $500 per dependent, as well as qualifying them for any future stimulus payments issued.

While the overall bill proposed by Pelosi contains some spending that could draw bipartisan support, such as providing funds for personal protective equipment (PPE) for police officers and aid for local governments impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it also contains a string of what are sure to be controversial spending proposals and other changes.

Among the Pelosi spending proposals likely to draw criticism are:

-$50 million for “environmental justice grants” through the EPA.

-$25 billion to the U.S. Postal Service.

-$10 million to the National Endowment for the Arts.

-$10 million to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

-$100 billion in grants to states to bail out public school budgets, with
more than $10 billion of the funds dedicated to a narrow set of schools serving minority populations and several specifically named institutes of higher education.

-$5 million for U.S. House satellite phones, wi-fi hotspots, imaging and to create a new committee to oversee coronavirus spending.

-$15 billion to help cover salaries and administrative costs of state, local and tribal transportation departments.

-Establishes a national contact tracing and surveillance system and sends grants to states, local, tribal and territorial governments to fund the programs. The Pelosi bill dubs the program CONTACT.

-Modification of special rules for minimum funding standards for community newspaper plans.

-Retroactive eligibility for all COVID-19 related stimulus payments for illegal immigrants and other non-citizens with ITIN numbers, as well as eligibility for all stimulus payments going forward.

-Proposes a $1,200 stimulus payment for every adult as well as $1,200 payment for each dependent.

-Funding to identify and study diseases in wildlife.

-More than 50 pages of changes to election laws, including the elimination of state requirements that voters provide a photo ID, mandatory requirement that states provide online voter registration and limitations on the personal information that can be collected on voter registration forms. The bill also pushes to provide funding for states to move to greater, or complete vote-by-mail programs.

-The bill would also mandate states allow for same day voter registration in all federal elections. Currently, it is up to each state to decide how they will handle voter registration.

Pelosi’s proposal also restores a tax deduction largely used by wealthy individuals in blue states with high local taxes. Under the proposal put forward by Pelosi and House Democrats, wealthy individuals would be able to go back to deducting their high state and local tax payments from their federal income taxes.

That deduction, known as SALT, has been criticized by some as a deduction that benefits the wealthy residents of predominantly blue states like New York and California. For instance, the average New York filer utilizing the SALT deduction reduced their federal tax liability by almost $24,000 in 2017, the last year before the deduction was capped at $10,000.

Quoting Senator Tom Barrasso Senate Republicans blasted Pelosi’s proposal as a bloated wish list of liberal spending ideas and a payout to her liberal constituencies.

“Nancy Pelosi must be living on fantasy island if she actually believes that this $3 trillion bill is going to become law. It is big. It is bloated. It is partisan,” said Sen. Barrasso, who serves as Conference Chairman.

In another tweet, they tweeted a video of a screen scrolling through the massive bill with Pelosi’s smiling face superimposed and said:

“1,815 pages.

347,144 words.

44,803 paragraphs.

It took us over 6 MINUTES just to scroll to the end.

Even the media calls it a “wish list” that will “never become law.”

THIS is what trying to take advantage of a crisis looks like”

The House is expected to vote on the bill soon, meaning Rep. Chellie Pingree and Rep. Jared Golden will have to go on the record to support or oppose the bill.

Senate Republicans, however, do not appear to be in a hurry to take up the massive, controversial proposal. Since the proposal was rolled out, their twitter feed has been a rolling display of criticism, highlighting one piece after another in the proposal that will hit opposition among average Americans.

In one of the more memorable comments, Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia tweeted, “…Hear that? That’s the sound of Americans’ livelihoods, careers & retirements crumbling while Nancy Pelosi wastes everyone’s time with this dead-on-arrival, 1,815-page, $3 trillion wish list. We need productive solutions to revive this country. Save your wish list for Santa.”

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