Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), along with 34 of their Republican colleagues, say they want to know how the record $6 trillion in taxpayer funds to combat Covid-19 have actually been spent.
In a letter sent to President Biden, the members of Congress ask the administration to account for how the Covid-19 funds were allocated and spent.
The letter states, “Recent news reports indicate the Administration is poised to request an additional $30 billion from Congress for its response to COVID-19."
They are asking for specifics on how the first $6 trillion was spent before they consider an additional $30 billion in Covid-19 relief funds.
While we have supported historic, bipartisan measures in the United States Senate to provide unprecedented investments in vaccines, therapeutics, and testing, it is not yet clear why additional funding is needed.Republican senators
The Washington Post recently featured an investigative report with the headline, 'Immense Fraud' creates immense task for Washington as it tries to tighten scrutiny of $6 trillion in emergency coronavirus spending.
The article details the federal government’s alleged glaring failure to provide the American public with a transparent account of how it has spent its money.
In light of this report, the senators conclude: "Congress must receive a full accounting of how the government has already spent the first $6 trillion.”
The full text of the letter can be found here and below.
March 2, 2022
The Honorable Joseph R. Biden
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Dear Mr. President:
Recent news reports indicate the Administration is poised to request an additional $30 billion from Congress for its response to COVID-19. While we have supported historic, bipartisan measures in the United States Senate to provide unprecedented investments in vaccines, therapeutics, and testing, it is not yet clear why additional funding is needed. Since March 2020, the federal government has borrowed trillions of dollars to combat the virus and provide relief to families and businesses.
By March 11, 2021, the day you signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act into law, Congress had already approved over $3.8 trillion in COVD-19 relief. All told, the nearly $6 trillion in spending on COVID-19 is the single greatest expenditure of public funds on one effort in the history of the nation.
However, since passage of the American Rescue Plan in February, questions are mounting about where exactly the additional money has gone. A recent investigative report from the Washington Post headlined, “’Immense fraud’ creates immense task for Washington as it tries to tighten scrutiny of $6 trillion in emergency coronavirus spending” details the federal government’s shocking failure to provide the American public with a faithful accounting of how it has spent its money.
“Nearly two years later, however, the stimulus data is voluminous yet vexing — for the public and the government alike.
The spending portal does not offer a real-time, detailed view as to the way cities, states, schools, hospitals and others actually have deployed broad swaths of the cash they received. In education, for example, federal records show more than $81 billion set aside for school districts in response to the pandemic. Yet the information is 90 days old in some cases and offers no insight as to what those communities actually did once they obtained the grants.”
“By 2021, Biden’s top aides intensified the work to improve the oversight process, particularly after the passage of the American Rescue Plan last March. Yet the efforts failed to satisfy lawmakers, federal watchdogs, health professionals and ethics experts, a dozen of whom said in interviews that they have struggled to answer the most basic questions — including how much money has been spent, and how, in critical areas such as testing.” (emphasis added)
Before we would consider supporting an additional $30 billion for COVID-19 relief, Congress must receive a full accounting of how the government has already spent the first $6 trillion.
In an effort to better understand your reported request for supplemental appropriations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we respectfully ask the Administration to answer the following questions:
- When does the Administration plan to request an additional $30 billion in COVID-19 relief funding, and if it does so, what would be the purpose of the request?
- As of March 3, 2022, how much of the funding made available under the American Rescue Plan remains unspent, unobligated, or undisbursed?
- As of March 3, 2022, how much of the funding under the American Rescue Plan has been obligated, but not disbursed for more than 6 months?
- How much money has the government spent to date on vaccines and testing?
- Please provide a specific list of these expenditures and accompanying metrics used to evaluate their effectiveness.
- Of the $350 billion made available under the American Rescue Plan to state and local governments, how much has been used to date for vaccines and testing?
- Please provide a specific list of these expenditures and accompanying metrics used to evaluate their effectiveness
- Does the Administration have plans to make available real-time data about all COVID-19 spending to the public?
We strongly believe Americans should continue to take precautionary measures to protect against the pandemic, and it must be an urgent priority that the trillions of taxpayer dollars already appropriated are being spent effectively.
Dan F says
Coercion does not come cheap. Propaganda/agenda science has a price. This will be interesting. Let's find out where the $6,000,000,000,000 have gone. Good luck on that, as there is little accountability, and few to hold accountable. Just another example of a corrupt, wasteful, and nontransparent government.
You know it's bad if the WP raises the issue
Riki Tiki Tavi says
As you say, Ms Attkisson, "Follow the money!" In light of the latest diversionary tactic,i.e., 'Putin is the new CV-19'...several notable agendas and subplots are a bit too obvious. For one, it seems the swamp rats are desperate to cover their sleazy tracks for their complicity in perpetuating the scam-demic. Nuremberg trial 2.0 is looming, even though the DOJ traitors will lie and cheat for their cronies. Freedom truckers are lost in the blizzard of corporate newspeak and murmurings re WW3. C.A. Fitts was censored on YouTube when she was talking about the missing $21 Trillion, and now we are connecting the dots re 40 new Billionaires created out of the scam-demic psyop. Meantime--Pelosi bought a $34 Million mansion in Florida, and Zelensky also bought a $35 Mil mansion in Fl. Bezos is $80 Billion richer, and Gates bought 260,000 acres of farmland! Many winners in the CV-19 monopoly game. Maybe Monopoly can be brought up to date and call it: Pharmonopoly.
Nail on the head. Good points well made.
Why don't they just look here… https://www.covidmoneytracker.org/
Does that really tell us anything?
I wrote that I have been hearing more an more about US funded bio-weapons labs in the Ukraine and that is what Putin is after. I had clashed with friends because I did not agree. Now I am hearing from people known for telling the truth, but their livelihood depends on it. My friends were no known for conspiracies either.
If those labs are the real thing, where does the funding come from? The line on the budget will no read Bio-Weapons Lab.
Is this why Pelosi agenda for 2021-2022 Congressional term is to make sure President Trump is not allowed to run in 2024?
Why quit when you are winning?
In 2015, the 0bama & Clinton Crime families began their coup to keep Trump out of office in 2016. When that failed, they began a plot to remove him from office so he could not compete his term. That failed and they moved onto the 3d Stage which was make sure he did not win in 2020. That was accomplished.
I have seriously clashed with a longtime online friend. He claimed access to high level information about bio-weapons labs in the Ukraine but was not at liberty to reveal it in its entirety. He indicated I have no idea what I am talking about. My knowledge of that stuff consists of keep your mouth shut since it is classified. No teasers to win arguments or impress people. I unloaded on him as I tend to do. In the past week, I am seeing more and more about the existence of those labs and realizing they more than likely exist.
Another friend is posting releases claiming they are from Q-Anon that correlate with what I just said above. Does that mean the idiot wearing furs and and horns on Jan 6, may not have been an absolute lunatic, just someone with no sense in fashion.
We are supposed to have 300 plus bio-weapon labs scattered around the world, Has COVID relief funds been bankrolling them? What else has the US sponsored? Maybe it is wrong to say the US? Maybe, other countries have been doing this and that as their shared of whatever is happening..
I have written about 7 government actions in the 1960s that I claim put the US on a path of self destruction. I am going to add an 8th action. If I am wrong about that, why were they done. I have placed the prospective end date as 2011-2012.
I have said that the failure to obtain Amnesty for 20 = 25 million Illegal Aliens in 2007 prevented that from happening. Which is why the caravans of Illegal Aliens were set in motion during the Trump administration. Which is why Biden welcomed the world here when he cheated his way into the White House.
I have posted my thoughts on several occasions. Some online for the world to see, sometimes to govt officials, think tank types, but no one has said anything, Yet the crap keeps on happening and there is no indication of it slacking off.
Romney is part of the problem.
Part of the problem is only Republicans are interested in this and as I said about Romney, they may not be interested in the truth.
A lot of noise has been cheering Manchin and Simeca but I do not see them mentioned. Which leads me to believe, I am correct, they are part of the Democrat machine and are interested in creating a diversion.