The Republican criticized the COVID-19 relief bill for including radical measures unrelated to the pandemic and also called out the Equality Act for treating women unfairly in competitive sports. He also pointed out that the Democratic domination of the House makes it difficult to pass a law promoting freedom, such as a bill countering social media censorship.
Steube encouraged state governments to take measures to prevent progressive and socialist policies from affecting people in their states. He called the COVID-19 relief bill passed by the House of Representatives “Pelosi’s progressive giveaway,” because only 9 percent of the $1.9 trillion spending included in the package is actually related to combating the virus. All the rest is giveaways to progressive causes that have nothing to do with COVID-19, such as the $15 minimum wage requirement, a $15 billion bridge between New York and Canada and many measures giving subsidies to illegal immigrants. It also includes a $1,400 per week payout to all full-time federal employees whose children are not in school full-time.
Steube also pointed out that the bill does not regulate how money allocated to individual states should be spent. It does not have to be spent on COVID-19-related causes, so some states may use the funds to fix their financial problems resulting from budget mismanagement. Moreover, there is still money allocated by the $900 billion pandemic relief package passed in December and other related programs that has not been spent yet.
Steube also expressed concern over the Equality Act, which allows biological men who identify as women to compete in women’s sports.
“By forcing biological female athletes to compete against biological male athletes in competitive sports, we are taking away women’s opportunities on and off the field,” he said. “These unfair policies discount the hard work and determination put in by our female athletes and give biological male athletes an unfair advantage in joining teams, setting records and earning scholarships.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice