I honestly cannot believe it took this long for someone to demand this.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has called for a review of COVID spending.
We have all seen how this money has been reallocated in many states and cities.
With Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi asking for another truckload of cash, I am surprised it took this long for someone to ask for some accountability.
The American Rescue Plan Act allocated $350 billion to states around the country for COVID relief.
Joe Biden wanted another $22 billion, but House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) wants to put legislation on the floor for another $45 billion.
We know there is still a boatload of cash on the sidelines.
We also know many cities and states reallocated COVID funding to other programs.
Before that happens, Senator Rubio wants the previous funds accounted for.
In a letter demanding accountability, in part, Rubio wrote, “It was an unprecedented allocation of emergency federal funding to state and local entities, which many of my colleagues and I warned would become a slush fund plagued by mismanagement and abuse.
“The stories of waste and abuse are piling up.
“States and localities have reportedly used the money to renovate baseball stadiums, replace golf course irrigation systems, push new local marketing campaigns to attract tourists, revamp websites, and fund construction of a luxury hotel.
“Regardless of how much flexibility some in our legislative body may have wanted to attach to these hundreds of billions of dollars, few can argue that this is what Congress had in mind.”
This needs to be something that is available for every American to see as well.
Every governor and mayor that reallocated funds need to be held accountable by their constituents.
This also needs to be done before the 2022 general election takes place and before Congress even considers writing another massive check.
I honestly have no idea why there is not more accountability on this front for any federal funding that goes out to cities and states.
Taxpayers have a right to know where their money is being spent, period.