Some clarification for Ken Buck – Greeley Tribune
Rep. Ken Buck voted no on the American Rescue Act, citing too much “pig” in the bill.
One example was “a rescue plan for the blue states”. The $ 350 billion allocated to state and local governments has been adjusted from the last bill to account for levels of unemployment and poverty in addition to the population.
All states will receive money. Local officials in Kansas and Missouri plan to receive $ 2.8 billion and $ 5.3 billion, respectively, for state and local governments whose tax revenues have been squeezed by the pandemic, causing deep cuts to vital programs. While the bill will direct more money to larger states with urban populations, Vermont, Wyoming, Alaska, and North Dakota will receive more money per capita than other states.
“Blue” and “Red” are not determining factors.
Regarding Representative Buck’s complaint about money being paid to schools “whether they are open or not,” the CDC recommends COVID mitigation strategies before schools fully open. Federal funding for upgrades to ventilation, testing, vaccinations, soap, masks and other equipment is needed to keep students, teachers, school staff and parents safe. Confidence must be established, especially in communities of color, that it is safe to send their children back to school.
“Racial justice” for farmers establishes fair practices so that farmers of color have equal access to loans and equipment, and is part of the economic recovery. In 1996, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act was passed, simplifying the process of awarding block grants to build / renovate housing for people often living in extreme poverty.
This act, reauthorized twice, died in Congress 2019. Native Americans are four times more likely to have COVID-19 and twice as likely to die than white Americans. Inclusion of this article would help alleviate homelessness and mitigate some of the health effects of this pandemic.
I hope these points will help Rep. Buck understand that this bill distributes funds more equitably among all populations.
Tannis Bator, Greeley