Mast Calls for Slashes to COVID Relief Bill

Mast Calls for Slashes to COVID Relief Bill

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
February 25, 2021

Much has been discussed about the COVID relief bill that Democrats have championed and Republicans have criticized. The United States is still facing the COVID-19 pandemic, and lawmakers are still discussing the best relief to provide at this time. In the latest development, Florida Rep. Brian Mast (R) shared his view on the ongoing conversation, suggesting that slashes be made to the bill because of the perceived negative economic impacts they could have.

In response to President Joe Biden asking Americans "what we would have him cut from the Democrats’ $1.9 TRILLION covid “relief” bill,” Mast said that Republicans would rather see a number of things cut from the bill before it’s signed into law.

Specifically, Mast said that he would like to slash “the $220 BILLION bailout for Blue states,” “the $86 BILLION for a pension bailout,” “the $800 MILLION for foreign governments,” “the $200 MILLION for the Institute of Museum and Library Services,” “the $135 MILLION for the National Endowment for the Humanities,” “the $135 MILLION for the National Endowment for the Arts,” “the $112 MILLION for a train in San Francisco,” “the $77 MILLION for the Government Accountability Office,” “the $50 MILLION for environmental justice,” and “the $1.5 MILLION on a train in San Francisco.”

A pressing concern for Republicans has been the Biden administration conducting a “Blue Bailout,” which is a topic that Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) has extensively written about.

In a statement released early last month, the former Governor of Florida commented that “Democrats have been trying to get Congress to bailout wasteful, liberal states for their decades of mismanagement and excesses, and for months I’ve been fighting to protect taxpayer dollars and make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Scott argues that President Biden and Senator Chuck Schumer (D) are trying “to circumvent Congress and send billions to their friends Bill DeBlasio and Andrew Cuomo in New York.”

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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