Even as House Democrats push forward with their plans to force a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill through Congress, many of the proposal’s provisions are attracting opposition.
As far as Fox News Channel’s Jesse Watters is concerned, an allocation of $600 million toward paid family leave for federal workers with children unable to attend school is little more than “hush money” being paid by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
The Daily Caller reported that the cable news host discussed his skepticism of the spending measure during an on-air conversation during Thursday’s installment of The Five.
Co-host Juan Williams broached the topic, pointing out that such employees “would get 15 weeks of paid leave to stay home with their kids if they have to do remote learning” if the legislation is approved.
“Jesse, obviously, Republicans are still fighting but I’m wondering if making this bill unpopular is becoming a lost cause,” Williams added.
For his part, Watters called it a “slick” move by Nancy, declaring it “morally wrong” if politically shrewd.
“What she is doing is paying off the federal government employee parents to not complain about their children’s schools being closed, so she is running interference for the teachers unions,” he claimed.
“A thinly-veiled kickback”
Watters described the allocation as an answer to the widespread complaints of parents clamoring for local schools to reopen for in-person learning.
“She is saying hush, hush, here’s some hush money, we are going to pay an extra $5,600 a month — a month, Juan, cash — to be quiet and stop complaining and keep your kids home,” he added.
Of course, plenty of other aspects of the massive bill are being derided by Republicans as simply elements of a far-left wishlist.
In a memo released by the Republican Study Committee last week, various other provisions were subjected to GOP opposition.
Along with a proposal to make funding available to Planned Parenthood, the panel complained that the bill offers “$50 million in funding for EPA environmental justice grants, a thinly-veiled kickback to leftist environmental groups” as well as “funding to go to colleges that have partnerships with companies that are owned or controlled by communist China.”