So Really, What is in That Damnable Bill

Unable to sleep last night, I read the FY21 Budget Reconciliation Bill, thinking such mundane, boring legalese would make me fall fast asleep. Instead wound up staying up all night and morning making notes. I have done my best to remove the opinionated-verbiage I use when researching such a touchy subject. My apologies should you find any offensive references hidden in this listing.

  • Assigns $8 billion to commission the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) (pages 8, 21, and 926).
  • Requires funding for school construction to be used on enrollment diversity and Green New Deal agenda items (page 55).
  • Includes a $10 billion “environmental justice” higher education slush fund to indoctrinate college students and advance Green New Deal policies (page 1,935).
  • The bill blocks the ability of many faith-based providers from participating in the childcare system and will lead to many of their closures (page 280).
  • Requires pre-K staff to have a college degree. (page 303)
  • Illegal immigrants will be eligible to take advantage of ‘free’ college entitlement (page 92) as well as being eligible for additional student aid (page 147) and the enhanced child tax credit (page 1,946).
  • Increases OSHA penalties on businesses that fail to implement the mandate up to $700,000 per violation and includes $2.6 billion in funding for the Department of Labor to increase enforcement of these penalties (page 168).
  • The bill includes language that favors unions in labor disputes, subjecting employers to penalties that exempt union bosses and officials, including preventing employers from permanently replacing striking workers (page 175).
  • Forces businesses to meet union boss demands by increasing Fair Labor Standards Act penalties by 900 percent (page 168).
  • The bill would subsidize union dues (page 2323).
  • Spends $643 million on “procuring…culturally appropriate foods” (page 333).
  • It eliminates the Hyde amendment and mandates taxpayers to pay for abortions (page 198) and (page 336).
  • Creates methane (page 367) and natural gas tax of up to $1,500 per ton costing $9.1 billion and 90,000 jobs (page 368).
  • Effectively forces Americans to get 40 percent of their energy from wind, solar and other forms of energy within eight years (page 392).
  • Five billion dollars for “environmental and climate justice block grants” (page 377) and another $100 billion in green energy special interest subsidies.
  • Two hundred and twenty-two billion dollars in “green energy” tax credits will be given to those who can afford expensive electric vehicles and other “green” innovative products (page 1832).
  • Includes “equity” initiatives throughout the bill including “equity” language inserted into a title focusing on the maintenance of the U.S.s’ cyber security efforts (page 897).
  • Grant amnesty to around eight million illegal immigrants at a cost of around $100 billion over ten years that would largely be spent on welfare and other entitlements (page 901). Trillions more would be spent long-term on their Social Security and Medicare.
  • The bill would waive many grounds for immigration inadmissibility, including infection or lack of vaccination status during a Pandemic, failure to attend removal proceedings in previous immigration cases, and the previous renouncement of American citizenship. DHS may also waive previous convictions for human trafficking, narcotics violations, and illegal voting (page 903).
  • At least 226,000 family-preference visas would be administered each year (page 905).
  • Language included in the bill exempts certain aliens from the annual green card statutory limits and has been described as a “hidden pipeline for U.S. employers to flood more cheap foreign graduates into millions of middle-class careers needed by American graduates” (page 910).
  • Two-hundred million dollars is earmarked for the Presidio Trust in Speaker Pelosi’s congressional district (page 933).
  • The bill prohibits mineral and energy withdrawals (page 979), by overturning provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that authorized energy production in the Arctic that will result in 130,000 Americans losing their jobs and $440 billion in lost federal revenue (page 983) and the mineral withdrawals it prohibits would include minerals necessary for renewable energy sources (pages 934, 940, 943).
  • The bill would mandate the conversion of the entire federal vehicle fleet from internal combustion engines to electric engines at a time when there is a global microchip shortage and crippled supply chains (page 1,043).
  • Concepts from the Endless Frontier Act included, including $11 billion in research funding that will result in American intellectual property going to China (page 1079 – 1081).
  • Two-hundred and sixty-four million dollars to the EPA to research with environmental justice groups on how to transition away from fossil fuels (page 1063).
  • Adds a nearly $4 billion slush fund that would help grassroots organizations that, among other things, want to tear down and rebuild or otherwise alter infrastructure deemed “racist” (page 1183).
  • Mandates “consequences” for states that don’t meet “green” climate standards while at the same time adding nearly $4 billion for “Community Climate Incentive Grants” for cooperating states (page 1179).
  • The new paid leave entitlement would mandate workers get 12 weeks of paid leave and would cost $500 billion over ten years (page 1245). It would apply to those making up to half a million dollars a year (page 1254).
  • The bill spends $835 billion on welfare (page 1943).
  • The bill lifts the State And Local Tax (SALT) deduction cap.
  • The bill creates a new tax credit program that gives tax credits worth 40 percent of the cash contribution made to university research programs (page 2094).
  • Obamacare’s employer mandate will become more severe by adjusting the definition of “affordable coverage” to mean coverage that costs no more than 8.5 percent of income rather than the law’s 9.5 percent of income (page 2041).
  • The corporate tax rate will increase by five-and-a-half percent, meaning American companies will face one of the highest two-thirds in the world, with two-thirds of this tax hike falling on lower and middle-income taxpayers (page 2110).
  • The bill would permanently double the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit’s (EITC) marriage penalty on childless worker benefits (page 2036).
  • Guts the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act small business deductions that reduced pass-through entity taxes to keep them comparable to taxes imposed on corporations (page 2235) as well small businesses that file as individual tax earners with the 39.6% rate (page 2221) and Obamacare’s three-point-eight percent tax on net investment income.
  • The bill would impose a 25 percent capital gains rate (page 2226) and cut the Death Tax exemption in half (page 2240).
  • Eighty billion dollars to hire 87 thousand Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents to review bank accounts above a $600 balance or with more than $600 of transactions in a year. (page 2283).
  • The bill repeals the Rebate Rule which passes through rebates directly to consumers at the point of sale (page 2465).
  • The bill includes healthcare policies imported from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom (page 2349).

It is nearly noon and I’m tired. I think I’ll take a nap.

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