‘‘Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act’’ or the ‘‘HEROES Act’’. This is the loquacious title of the ongoing string of government stimulus bills. The bills are supposed to assist the economically downtrodden and other poor unfortunate’s.
However, I have got a few observations regarding the bill overall.
· 1,815 pages for the bill. Really? Brevity, your name is not House Democrats.
· Compare and contrast page lengths of –
· War and Peace — 1,225 pages.
· Ben Hur — 448 pages
· The 7 Pillars of Wisdom — 468 pages.
Not even Tolstoy was that verbose.
The title of the bill, ‘‘Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act,’’ seems to indicate that the bill would be for the Health and Economic Recovery of the United States. And that’s what I get for thinking.
Buried in the bill beginning on page 1,452 are 74 pages of the ‘‘American Coronavirus COVID–19 Election Safety and Security Act’’ or the ‘‘ACCESS Act’’. REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL ELECTION CONTINGENCY PLANS IN RESPONSE TO NATURAL DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIES.
First thoughts are what in the world does 74 pages of Federal Election Contingency Plans have to do with the Health and Economic Recovery of the United States? Here’s a paragraph from the section –
(1) ESTABLISHMENT. — Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, each State and each jurisdiction in a State which is responsible for administering elections for Federal office shall establish and make publicly available a contingency plan to enable individuals to vote in elections for Federal office during a state of emergency, public health emergency, or national emergency which has been declared for reasons including — (A) a natural disaster; or (B) an infectious disease.
Here is the Federal Government imposing their will on the states in regards to federal elections. And for what reason?
to vote in elections for Federal office during a state of emergency, public health emergency, or national emergency which has been declared for reasons including — (A) a natural disaster; or 21 an infectious disease.
Well, it does need to be a declared emergency, and the interesting addition here in light of recent events is the addition of infectious disease. Whoever, until this time was aware that the common cold or flu season would impact voting for the general public? Do the viruses live in the voting machines, ballots, or voting booths? Well, apparently they do!
(b) REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO SAFETY. — The contingency plan established under subsection (a) shall include initiatives to provide equipment and resources needed to protect the health and safety of poll workers and voters when voting in person.
Once again the state is being burdened with providing personal protective equipment (PPE), according to the bill, to protect both the poll workers and voters. So if they are proposing this type of requirement why the big push for mail-in voting? We can eliminate these 74 pages and have a bill that’s only 1,741 pages in length. And I’ll assert we can pare down the bill even more!