Several House Republican are calling for a House Ethics Committee investigation into Texas Democrat Representative Joaquin Castro after he publicized the identities of several prominent Trump 2020 donors in his district, subtly encouraging a boycott of their San Antonio businesses.
Castro had tweeted about the Trump donors Tuesday, receiving a sharp backlash for what many called shameless intimidation tactics.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs has drafted a letter on the matter, sending it to the chair of the committee, Florida Democrat Ted Deutch.
“By publishing a list of private citizens who donated to his political opponent, Rep. Castro sought to encourage harassment against those citizens simply on the basis of their political beliefs,” it read.
“It cannot be fairly argued that Rep. Castro had any other purpose in posting that list and telling his activist followers that those individuals were inciting hate. Whether he intended to provoke physical violence or merely verbal harassment, his intent was to chill the free speech and free association rights of Americans.”
Jody Hice, Ted Budd, Debbie Lesko, Jeff Duncan, Randy Weber and Matt Gaetz signed off on the letter.
The information Castro shared is publicly accessible, but it’s relatively unprecedented for a member of Congress to publicize it with the intent of inciting a boycott against his own constituents.
Castro’s an identical twin brother of former Obama administration cabinet member Julian Castro, who is running a Democratic campaign for President. The other Castro has made radically pro-illegal immigration policies the defining attribute of his campaign, going so far as to call for the “decriminalization” of illegal immigration.
The Castro with presidential ambitions has defended his brother’s schoolyard bully-style tactics.
Joaquin and I will keep fighting. The American people will fight every day for our nation, against your hate, your corruption, and your ego. And we’ll win. #AdiósTrump https://t.co/nC0haWRydr pic.twitter.com/mMneHqXyT5
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 8, 2019
Arizona’s Paul Gosar Proposes Amending Coronavirus Package to Replace Pork with $10,000 Stimulus Checks
Gosar wants direct aid to the American people.
Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona has proposed that the federal government pay stimulus checks of $10,000 to Americans beleaguered by the coronavirus pandemic, adopting an approach that would prioritize direct payments to individuals over payments to state and local governments. Gosar’s Amendment, offered on Friday night, would also replace payments to extend federal unemployment benefits.
Only 9% of Pelosi’s $1.9 trillion “plan” is related to COVID-19.
I offered an amendment providing $10k stimulus to Americans most affected by COVID-19 & lockdowns.
Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief for Americans. pic.twitter.com/RzXos92QW7
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) February 27, 2021
As the American Rescue Plan currently stands, $1,400 stimulus checks to American taxpayers who filed less than $75,000 in income in 2018 make up $422 billion- a mere 22% of the total spending in the relief package. Gosar’s proposal would replace much of the questionable spending with direct relief.
If the federal government intends to go ‘all-in’ on deficit spending in response to the coronavirus recession, Gosar’s proposal would ensure that the money is spent directly on the livelihood of American taxpayers. Less than half of the spending of Biden’s stimulus is directly targeted towards taxpayers, with education, energy, transport and state governments receiving almost as much money as the American people under Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan.
(Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget)
Biden’s pork proposal can easily be retooled to prioritize direct spending to Americans, be it in the shape of stimulus checks or buffed unemployment benefits to Americans who have lost their jobs in the recession. Instead, the establishment Democrat has opted to prioritize payments to powerful lobby groups and corporate institutions.
The American Rescue Plan passed the House in a Friday night vote. Should the massive spending package fail to pass the Senate in budget reconciliation, congressional leaders may be left with no choice but to consider proposals such as Gosar that replace federal spending with direct relief to the American people.
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