The pandemic has affected millions around the country, and many are still struggling to get back on their feet. This includes everyone from business owners to everyday workers.
We’ve already seen multiple stimulus payments and other forms of aid, though many Republicans argue that such assistance has gone too far.
For example, the state of New York just opted to give foreign-born, unregistered residents over $2B. As a frame of reference, small business owners will receive half that number.
However, the GOP isn’t going to let this happen without a fight.
Budget Committee Ranking Member Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) and Oversight Committee Ranking Member Rep. James Comer (R-KY) want a closer look at this handout.
After all, the American taxpayer is responsible for that $2 billion, and they have a right to know why this is happening.
To some, it’s difficult to swallow: Non-citizens getting money from legal citizens who worked hard for their paycheck.
Now, those two Republican leaders want answers (via Fox News):
The top Republicans on two House committees are pressing President Biden’s coronavirus rescue plan czar Eugene Sperling to review the $2 billion fund New York created this week aimed at giving relief money to illegal immigrants in the state.
Smith and Comer sent a letter to Sperling, asking him to investigate the one-time payments of up to $15,600 to unregistered workers in NY.
They consider the overall $2B cost “quite peculiar” and added:
Given the questions raised by the actions of the State of New York, we sincerely hope you will use your position to protect the integrity of American taxpayer dollars and put American families first.
The letter also calls out the fact that New York and other Democrat-run states received “disproportionately more aid than in previous relief bills.”
The situation for the funding may sound a little strange:
To qualify for this relief money, an individual must prove they’re a New York resident who was ineligible for unemployment benefits and stimulus checks because they’re undocumented.
Many will quickly ask: if they’re not here legally, how can they be an actual resident of the state?
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “half a million New Yorkers” are undocumented — and yet they also qualify as residents. This appears to go against simple common sense.
If we have citizenship laws, it stands to reason they should be followed. If they aren’t, then what’s the point?
And Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) added another good point:
Why are taxes high in New York? So the government can pay illegal immigrants up to $15,600. In New York, it pays to break the law.
But Comer and Smith definitely want answers. And they want a response from Sperling by April 16, so we’ll see if a report comes before the deadline.
- 2 Republicans demand an investigation into the $2B New York plans to give to unregistered residents.
- They also claim NY and other Democrat-run states got “disproportionately more aid” than in past relief bills.
- Taxpayers who legally work and reside in the U.S. may find that $2B cost tough to accept.
Source: Fox News