Rick Scott (R-FL) Wants States To Return The Stimulus Money Unspent; Even GOP Governors Are Laughing
Let me see if I can remember the numbers... I think it's around 70% of voters who approve of Biden's COVID-Rescue plan. That includes 65% of independent voters and over half of Republican voters. Ah... I just found the polling data from Data for Progress, which is pretty reflective of all the current legitimate polls on the package.
78% of voters, including 73% of Independents and 74% of Republicans, support funding to ramp up coronavirus vaccine distribution and testing.
78% of voters, including 71% of Independents and 72% of Republicans, support $1400 stimulus checks for most Americans.
71% of voters, including 65% of Independents and 63% of Republicans, support extending and expanding the unemployment benefits set to expire on March 14.
88% of voters, including 79% of Independents and 86% of Republicans, support grants and low-interest loans for small businesses.
75% of voters, including 69% of Independents and 70% of Republicans, support funding to safely and quickly reopen schools.
78% of voters, including 72% of Independents and 75% of Republicans, support extending the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures and providing utility aids for struggling families.
68% of voters, including 59% of Independents and 63% of Republicans, support expanding Child Tax Credits and Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC).
76% of voters, including 74% of Independents and 68% of Republicans, support funding for state and local governments to keep essential workers on the job and distribute vaccines.
Republican crackpots like Lauren Boebert and Mad Cawthorn are spending all their social media capital on making absurd and pointless ideological arguments against it. Keep it up! And you too, Senator Scott. That's Florida Senator and multimillionaire crook, who is imploring states to reject the $360 billion in stimulus money and return it. Even right-wing Republican governors, like his own, are telling him to pound sand.
Wendy Rhodes, writing for the Palm Beach Post, reported that "In an open letter to governors and mayors, sent moments after the U.S. House on Wednesday approved the $1.9 trillion bill, Scott called it 'massive, wasteful and non-targeted,' urging states to follow his lead and send a message to Congress to 'quit recklessly spending other people’s money.'" That's what you call representing the interests of the billionaire class and not the people. It's why voters should think twice about electing uber-wealth reactionaries like Senators Scott, Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Braun (R-IN), Mark Warner (D-VA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Steve Daines (R-MT).
Scott, who got rich ripping off Medicare, wrote to hard-pressed status and cities that "By rejecting and returning any unneeded funds, as well as funds unrelated to COVID-19, you would be taking responsible action to avoid wasting scarce tax dollars. After all, every dollar in this package is borrowed." That's the GOP party line that is being parroted by foolish GOP freshmen on twitter.
Scott has a history of bucking federal funds. As governor, he refused to allow Florida to accept Obamacare-related money to expand Medicaid health care coverage.
...While Scott was calling for rejection of the assistance, [Florida Govenor Ron] DeSantis announced he has big plans for the stimulus money. And he may well be blaming Scott, at least partly, for not getting Florida more of it.
“The Senate didn’t correct the fact that Florida is getting a lot less than what we would be entitled to on a per capita basis,” DeSantis, in an apparent jab at Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio, said Monday at a press conference.