Remember how hard Nancy Pelosi fought for funding for the Kennedy Center in the COVID stimulus package? She delayed relief for millions of Americans for three days to make sure they received $25 million dollars … probably so they could keep paying their employees during these uncertain times since Democrats care soooo much about the people, right?
Free Beacon: Kennedy Center Tells Musicians It Will Stop Paying Them Hours After $25 Million Bailout Is Signed https://t.co/TfwQELJ5KX
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 29, 2020
From the Free Beacon:
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts informed members of the National Symphony Orchestra that they would no longer be paid just hours after President Trump signed a $25 million taxpayer bailout for the cultural center, according to an email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Nearly 100 musicians will no longer receive paychecks after April 3, according to an email from the orchestra’s Covid-19 Advisory Committee.
“The Covid-19 Advisory Committee was broadsided today during our conversation with [Kennedy Center President] Deborah Rutter,” the email says. “Ms. Rutter abruptly informed us today that the last paycheck for all musicians and librarians will be April 3 and that we will not be paid again until the Center reopens.”
So why were they included in the relief bill at all? Yes, yes that is a rhetorical question.
The Kennedy Center did not return request for comment.
A veteran member of the orchestra, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal, told the Washington Free Beacon that the decision “blindsided” musicians. The member welcomed the bailout package as necessary funding for the arts, but was stunned that it would not be used to cover payment for the artists.
“It’s very disappointing [that] they’re going to get that money and then drop us afterward,” the musician said. “The Kennedy Center blindsided us.”
This is pretty damn skeezy, folks.
Who carved out the 25 million specifically for them Jake? You need to ask that politician a few questions and hold them accountable.
— Whiney Kuntz (@goingdeeep) March 29, 2020
We wouldn’t count on it.
Is this surprising? Of course, Marie Antoinette Pelosi won’t be interviewed anytime soon to be asked about this.
— Juan Miguel Diaz (@JDiazJax) March 29, 2020
Should not have received any taxpayer funds
— Dave (@dave77559876) March 29, 2020
As the saying says…"Where the money goes, nobody knows."?
— Shiba (@MaigoNoShiba) March 29, 2020
Isn’t is grand that Mrs. Pelosi, slowed down the process and pushed this 25 mil expenditure to help workers ?
— Sue♥️??Inds are watching this hot mess too (@IndieSueVotes) March 29, 2020
They’re not supposed to do that ….
Wasn’t that stipulated in the bill?!
— ?Arctic_Char?Resists (@Arctic__char) March 29, 2020
Not for Nancy’s little request … nope.
What an absolutely insane waste of money this was as first line health care providers run out of PPE
— Eric Schnipper (@drschnip) March 29, 2020
Thank Nancy Pelosi or this one.
Imagine the number of masks and ventilators this alone could have paid for.
Ask @SpeakerPelosi about the PORK money. I’m sure she knows where it is.
— Jose Casas (@JCBentleys) March 29, 2020
It’s sort of adorable how the Left kept accusing Trump of wanting a ‘slush fund’ in all of this, where corporations would get money and still lay their people off, and then Nancy Pelosi fought for funding for an organization that got money … and stopped paying their people.
And by adorable we mean annoying, pathetic, and all too predictable.
#KennedyCenter should be ashamed.
— OverTheLies (@JenniferSaysHi) March 29, 2020
As should Nancy Pelosi.