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Donald Trump blames Democrats for wasteful spending in relief package

Added 03-30-20 09:22:02pm EST - “President Trump conceded Monday that the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package he approved includes wasteful spending by both parties, while battle lines formed in Congress over the size of a looming fourth government aid plan as…” - Washingtontimes.com

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President Trump conceded Monday that the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package he approved includes wasteful spending by both parties, while battle lines formed in Congress over the size of a looming fourth government aid plan as troubles with the economy mounted.

The president said the emergency aid plan for workers and businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic includes “crazy” spending unrelated to the pandemic, which he attributed mostly to Democrats but said he had no choice but to go along with it.

“This is the Democrats, that’s the way they play,” Mr. Trump said on “Fox & Friends.” “We need their votes. They have the House. We had to take care of people.”

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The package includes $75 million for the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, $25 million for the Kennedy Center (which, nevertheless, announced it is laying off 100 musicians), and $37 million for the Forest Service (including $3 million for “forest and rangeland research”). There’s also big chunks for federal agencies, such as $60 million for NASA, under the vague guidance to prepare for the pandemic.

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