Congress, rush aid to health care workers and cut the pork
Mark Corallo is long-time DC area media affairs consultant, Army veteran and father of four. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author; view more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)Disgust doesn’t come close to describing what I’m feeling about our Congress right now. While the US is shut down, boarded up, and sheltering in place in an all-out effort to defeat the coronavirus and protect our most vulnerable fellow citizens from this gruesome disease, Congress is going about business as usual, just with more hand sanitizer. The $2 trillion “relief” package is just more evidence that Washington, DC, has become the poor man’s version of the Capitol in “The Hunger Games.”Seriously, $25 million for the Kennedy Center? $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts?I understand that hundreds of people were laid off from cultural institutions, but many small businesses had to lay off employees too. Former President Jimmy Carter has asked that donations meant for the Carter Center be given to local groups that are fighting on the front lines of the pandemic instead. Then there’s the issue of big businesses getting bailouts. For example, Boeing could be receiving billions of dollars from the plan.