Susan Collins Votes to Give Special Interests more Money, and Those who Need it Less


First, a legitimate question: “Why is our government giving corporations a $500 billion bailout package?” They don’t need it and don’t deserve it. Trump’s gift to our major corporations he called “tax reform” made it possible for large corporations including Walmart and Amazon to pay zero taxes in 2019. Why should taxpayers give them more of our money?

Here’s what Moscow Mitch’s bill doesn’t do and why Democrats are voting against it. It fails to “provide funding to state and local governments, or food assistance, or health care, or worker protections, or expanded emergency leave, or adequate assistance to, you know, people.” Lurking among all those provisions that aren’t helping people is one from our old favorite, Maine Senator Susan Collins. She and Florida Senator Marco Rubio were responsible for the small business stimulus part of the bill, and included a provision that inexplicably and very specifically excludes nonprofits that get Medicaid funding from receiving any assistance.

What does this mean? Agencies who will be providing care for those in need will find their resources diminishing at an alarming rate. Our hospitals are already filled to capacity in many cities.

Greg Sargent explains, Senate Democrats and aides “think the language means a lot more than” just excluding Planned Parenthood. They pointed out that it “would exclude from eligibility for this funding a big range of other nonprofits that get Medicaid funding, such as home and community-based disability providers; community-based nursing homes, mental health providers and health centers; group homes for the disabled; and even rape crisis centers.”

But the rich will get more of your money if Moscow Mitch’s bill, which allowed zero Democratic participation, passes in both houses.

Once again, and I want everyone to know this, Republicans don’t care about you. Once elected, they have one obligation; to serve special interests. Profit before people.

Vote for yourselves and your family on November 3rd. That means not voting for a single Republican.

The Truth Lives Here

Op-ed by James Turnage


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