Pelosi Got $25 Million for Kennedy Arts Center into Senate Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Pelosi Got $25 Million for Kennedy Arts Center into Senate Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Democrats tried to stuff relief package with ‘wish list’ of unrelated demands

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) managed to push $25 million in taxpayer money for the Kennedy Arts Center into the emergency coronavirus stimulus package that finally passed in the Senate just before midnight Wednesday.

The Senate passed the massive $2 trillion compromise package by a vote of 96-0, ending days of deadlock and sending the bill to the House of Representatives.

Speaker Pelosi said the House will soon take up the historic measure to bring relief to American families, individuals, small businesses, and larger corporations “with strong bipartisan support.”

The 880-page emergency legislation is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appeared somber and exhausted as he announced the vote while releasing senators until April 20.

“96-0 in the United States Senate,” President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter. “Congratulations AMERICA!”

The delays were caused by the Democrats’wish list of unrelated demands that they tried to stuff into the bill, and while most were ommitted, some still made it through.

The Senate version of the bill, to help a nation coping with unprecedented turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, includes $25 million to renovate the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The renovation is part of a massive infusion of taxpayer cash into arts funding, according to Western Journal.

The House bill crafted by Pelosi initially sought $35 million for the center.

The funding would provide “deep cleaning, increased teleworking capabilities, and operating and administrative expenses to ensure the Center will resume normal operations immediately upon reopening,” according to a summary of the bill.

The money for the Kennedy Center compares favorably with that allocated to the Armed Forces Retirement Homes in Washington, D.C., and Gulfport, Mississippi, which will receive $2.8 million for “increased healthcare, security, and food services personnel expenses, as well as necessary supplies and equipment.”

Many on social media thought the Kennedy Center funding was wrong.

The Kennedy Center was not the only arts item to be funded in a bill aimed at relief for taxpayers and businesses.

The National Endowment for the Arts will pocket $75 million for “grants, including funding to state arts agencies and other partners in an effort to help local, state, and regional communities provide continued access to cultural organizations and institutions of learning.”

Another $75 million will go to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Those numbers are down from the original House bill that sought $300 million each for the two endowments, Fox News reported.

For some, the total was still too high.

The $150 million the two groups will split tops the $100 million set aside for medical emergency management for veterans.

The funding supports “the Veterans Health Administration’s 24-hour emergency management coordination, including overtime, travel, transportation of materials, and training.”

Other winners in the Senate bill include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which would receive $75 million for “stabilization grants to maintain programming services and to preserve small and rural public telecommunication stations.”

That far outstrips the funding for the Distance Learning, Telemedicine and Broadband Program, which will get $25 million “for the DLT grant program, which supports rural communities’ access to telecommunications-enabled information, audio, and video equipment, as well as related advanced technologies for students, teachers, and medical professionals.”

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