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Americans would be ‘shocked’ if they saw where COVID-19 relief funds went

A Republican senator has said only about 10% of a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package has actually gone to deal with the pandemic, saying US taxpayers would be alarmed about where the funds were going.

“Our office dug around and found a lot of interesting stuff, a lot of it just surfaced. … There is so much money lying around in this $2 trillion bill, only 10% of it has gone to COVID,” said Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) FoxNews tuesday. “We’re going to see more and more of that over time. This is part of the inflationary bomb.

About $15 million in COVID-19 recovery funds have been spent on “anti-racism” initiatives and similar educational programs, Braun noted. He was referring to last year’s $1.9 trillion US bailout that was signed into law by President Joe Biden.

In October last year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an agency of the federal government, announced that $15.2 million in US bailout project grants would be given to “institutions in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to support the role of museums and libraries in recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.”

According to information posted on the IMLS website, for example, the agency has awarded grants to various organizations to promote the “anti-racism” agenda. In one instance, he gave the Rochester Museum and Science Center in New York about $50,000 for a field trip for students to view an exhibit that presents “the story of a community-led effort to eradicate racist artwork from a historic carousel, as a tool for anti-racism education.

Criticalrace.org, a website dedicated to exposing critical race theory taught in schools and colleges, said that the anti-racist agenda is closely aligned with the CRT – itself an offshoot of the old Marxist Frankfurt School. Some IMLS grants were also awarded to various institutions last year to promote “STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion for K-12 students. year in the greater Harrisburg area. ”

Braun said taxpayers would be “shocked” to know where the funding went and how much still isn’t spent, adding, “Now we see how it’s blowing up all over the country with stuff like this.” It’s not good. We asked [the federal government] to tell us what is left unspent.

“We are going to see it little by little, because they know that if they did all of this at once, it would shock everyone. They are not going to succeed, ”continued Braun.

Biden touted the US bailout on his first day in office last year, saying it was designed to “[invest] in America” to create “millions more well-paying jobs, fight the climate crisis, advance racial equity, and build back better than before.”

The White House and Democrats widely promoted the bill as a COVID-19 relief package, including checks for $1,400 per person and increased child tax credit payments.

The Epoch Times has contacted IMLS for comment.

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.