The $3 trillion coronavirus relief package unveiled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and her Democratic colleagues on Tuesday contains only 20 mentions of "diversity."
That's a significant reduction compared with the 32 times the word "diversity" appeared in the relief package Pelosi introduced in March, which was several hundred pages shorter than the current version. But there's still plenty for progressives to be excited about. The word "economy," for example, appears just twice in the entire bill.
Like its previous iteration, the newly introduced Democratic legislation is stuffed with left-wing policies that have been slightly reframed to suggest a relevance to the coronavirus pandemic. For example, the bill would allocate $50 million for "environmental justice grants to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus."
The Environmental Protection Agency would use the funding to "investigate or address the disproportionate impacts of the COVID–19 pandemic in environmental justice communities," whatever that means.
Other important pandemic-fighting reforms include a provision that would change the government's definition of "minority depository institutions"—minority-owned commercial banks or savings associations—to include women as a qualifying minority. The bill would establish special advisory committees to oversee these institutions and contains language designed to ensure that these committees are sufficiently diverse.
Additionally, the House Democratic plan to combat the coronavirus includes the establishment of new federal guidelines regarding hate crimes. It proposes providing federal grants to state and local law enforcement agencies to "train employees in identifying and classifying hate crimes."
The bill would also extend financial assistance to illegal immigrants by removing the requirement that recipients possess a Social Security number, a provision championed by celebrity freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and other progressive members.
3 days, 7 hours ago
Gov. Ron DeSantis blasts media for pushing 'partisan narrative' amid positive virus response in FL
4 days, 2 hours ago
Editorial Boards Across Pennsylvania Are “Demanding More Transparency” From Governor Tom Wolf After He “Opted For A Shutdown Of Access To Public Records”
Wolf’s Process For Granting Waivers To Allow Businesses To Operate Has Been Marked By “Secrecy And Inconsistencies”
4 days, 2 hours ago
Mike Cooney Cops To Campaigning On The Taxpayer Dime
Montana Democratic Lt. Governor and gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney finds himself in hot water...
6 days ago
Missouri Dem Touts Endorsement From Dark Money Group After Denouncing Dark Money
Missouri Democrat Nicole Galloway touted an endorsement from a liberal dark money group just days after claiming that she "hate[s] dark money with a passion."
1 week, 2 days ago
Liberal Darling Andrew Cuomo Treats Volunteer Healthcare Workers As Another Tax Source
Instead of rewarding the 21,000 healthcare workers who volunteered their time to save the lives of New Yorkers, Cuomo decided to tax them.
1 week, 3 days ago
Dr. Fauci “Almost Want(s) To Clone” Governor Henry McMaster’s COVID-19 Response
Dr. Anthony Fauci is looking to the Palmetto State as a model for COVID-19 response efforts.