10 Surprises Congress Snuck Into The Stimulus Package
Mandatory Credit: Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock (11656667i) U.S. House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (C) walks near the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA on December 21, 2020.
A “Christmas tree calculation” in legislative circles contains many small points that are tangentially related to the law. The $ 900 billion stimulus package that was passed just three days before the Christmas celebrations of most Christian denominations definitely fits the theme of the season: the document was over 5,000 pages long and there were apparently problems uploading the large file, what to delayed the printer.
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The stimulus calculation contains - but is not limited to - the following points:
Families will be able to transfer unused funds to flexible child spending accounts for childcare and health care by 2021.
Increase in the deductibility of business meals from 50% to 100%. While there aren't that many power breakfasts or three martini lunches these days of social distancing, President Trump felt it was important to include that in, according to the Washington Post.
Funding two new Smithsonian museums, the Women's History Museum and the Museum of the American Latino. More activities in Washington when we can travel again!
Creation of a new US consulate in Tibet, guaranteed to cause problems with the Chinese government.
$ 2 billion for the Space Force.
$ 500,000,000 for "Israeli Cooperation Programs".
Eliminate surprise medical bills where patients in a networked hospital or clinic are treated by a doctor outside the network, resulting in shockingly high bills. Now patients pay the in-network tariff for all services, and the insurance company and provider are negotiating reimbursement.
The repeal of seldom enforced penal laws prohibiting the transport of water hyacinths, alligator grass or water chestnut plants across state borders; Applying false anti-theft decals to cars; or abuse the emblems of Smokey Bear, Woody Owl or the 4-H Club.
A section on the reincarnation and succession of the Dalai Lama.
The ban on sending e-cigarettes through the US Postal Service.
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