Republican pandemic relief includes Billion$ for new FBI Headquarters near Trump Hotel

Senate Republicans have included billions in funding to the Pentagon in their coronavirus relief bill, which would go…to fund construction on the U.S.-Mexico border wall, along with just under $2 billion to rebuild FBI headquarters…

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., criticized the bill in a statement to CNN, saying it “contains billions of dollars for programs unrelated to the coronavirus, including over $8 billion for what appears to be a wish-list from the Department of Defense for manufacturing of planes, ships, and other weapons systems…”

The bill also grants about $1.8 billion to rebuild the FBI headquarters, a move that Democrats claim creates a conflict of interest for Trump, since the building is located across the street from a hotel owned by the president.

Most of the 2-party slugs in Congress don’t qualify for jobs digging ditches around the manure pile generated by the White House. Per usual, the Republican Party offers up the worst examples of payoffs and paybacks to Wall Street buddies and that creepy gangster in the White House.

Same as it ever was. Smells a bit worse, though…doing this while people are dying from the pandemic.

2 thoughts on “Republican pandemic relief includes Billion$ for new FBI Headquarters near Trump Hotel

  1. List of X says:

    I don’t really see it as a conflict of interest. First, there would be a few years of construction and the associated mess and noise happening right in front of Trump’s hotel. And second, I’m not sure that Trump and a decent number of his hotel’s guests will be too comfortable with the FBI right across the street.

  2. Wait, there's more! says:

    Also “Republicans tuck $8 billion for military weaponry in COVID-19 relief bill” https://abc7chicago.com/stimulus-bill-republicans-covid-relief-military-weapons/6340108/

    …but more recently (August 8, 2020): “President Trump on Saturday attempted to bypass Congress and make dramatic changes to tax and spending policy, signing executive actions that challenge the boundaries of power that separate the White House and Capitol Hill.
    At a news event [at his golf club] in Bedminster, N.J., Trump said the actions would provide economic relief to millions of Americans by deferring taxes and, he said, providing temporary unemployment benefits. The measures would attempt to wrest away some of Congress’s most fundamental, constitutionally mandated powers — tax and spending policy. Trump acknowledged that some of the actions could be challenged in court but indicated he would persevere.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/08/trump-executive-order-coronavirus/

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