The Republican Study Committee (RSC) wrote a three-page memo to conservatives to describe "all the left-wing items Democrats are hoping the public won’t find about." Fox News first received a copy of the fact sheet that is slated to be generally circulated Monday.
The Biden administration and Democrats say the package is required to reopen schools, deliver financial aid to struggling families, speed up the health care response, help state, and local governments and assist small businesses.
"We are in a race against time, and aggressive, bold action is needed before our nation is permanently scarred by the human and economic costs of inaction," said House Budget Committee chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky.
Among the provisions surfacing doubts among the conservatives are $1,400 stimulus checks going to mixed-status families with unregistered immigrants; allowing Planned Parenthood to receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds designed to keep small businesses afloat; and nearly $600 million for additional emergency paid family leave for federal employees and U.S. Postal Service workers, according to the RSC memo.
The memo also calls out subsidies and loan forgiveness to farmers and ranchers based on race and ethnicity; allowing coronavirus funding to go to colleges that have partnerships with Chinese-controlled companies and Confucius Institutes; and doling out $50 million for environmental justice grant programs, which the RSC pans as "a thinly-veiled kickback to leftist environmental groups."
The RSC memo raises concerns over extending PPP business funding to owners who could have a felony record, including "violent criminals," and extending Medicaid eligibility for jailed inmates during the 30 days before their release.
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., the chairman of the RSC, said taxpayers need to know what's hidden in the package.
"The RSC is leading conservatives inside and outside the Beltway in opposition to this so-called ‘relief package.’ The more we learn about it, the worse it sounds," Banks told Fox News. "That’s why we’ve put together a fact sheet to educate Americans exactly how their taxpayer dollars are being spent by Democrats."
The House Budget Committee on Monday will take up the $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan, and the full House could vote on the legislation later in the week. House GOP Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., already told his Republican conference to vote "no," and he called the legislation "Pelosi’s Payoff to Progressives Act."
The 591-page bill was published on Friday. The package includes the work of nine House committees that outlined several sections based on their area of jurisdiction.