TRACE Act: Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush’s COVID-19 Bill, HR 6666, Sparks Backlash

 

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Illinois U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush’s $100 billion grant program proposed in the H.R. 6666 TRACE bill has sparked a backlash from those who believe it would be unconstitutional.

Rush introduced the H.R. 6666 TRACE Act (formally known as the COVID-19 Testing, Reaching and Contracting Everyone Act) on May 1. The Act would create grants for health care, school-based, academic and nonprofit entities to run mobile testing sites and hire staff to test.

However, the Action Network started a petition called “Stop the Unconstitutional, Illegal TRACE Act (HR 6666)” to prevent the bill from being adopted by Congress. The petition, which has since become unavailable, read in part: “It is a stunningly illegal power grab beyond what the Constitution offers the Congress, and an outright assault on the people to be deplored by all. And, it is also a massive waste of $100 billion – allocated for 2020 alone.”

At the time of writing, the petition had gathered 3,898 signatures of the 6,400 required.

Here’s what you need to know:


The Bill Is Still in the Committee Phase

Bobby L. Rush
 
@RepBobbyRush
 
 Absolutely. My bill, the COVID-19 TRACE Act (H.R. 6666) would create a $100 BILLION grant program for local organizations to hire, train, and pay individuals to operate mobile testing units and conduct contact tracing in hot spots and medically underserved areas. https://twitter.com/EnergyCommerce/status/1257763108468260864 
Energy and Commerce Committee
 
@EnergyCommerce
 

Congress must develop a national program to track, identify and isolate all possible traces of #COVID19. This is critical to safely reopening America. https://www.vox.com/2020/5/4/21242825/coronavirus-covid-19-contact-tracing-jobs-apps 

 
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On his website, Rush said, “Until we have a vaccine to defeat this dreaded disease, contact tracing in order to understand the full breadth and depth of the spread of this virus is the only way we will be able to get out from under this.”

The bill says, in part:

The Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may award grants to eligible entities to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID–19, to trace and monitor the contacts of infected individuals, and to support the quarantine of such contacts, through—

(1) mobile health units; and

(2) as necessary, testing individuals and providing individuals with services related to testing and quarantine at their residences.

(b) Permissible uses of funds.—A grant recipient under this section may use the grant funds, in support of the activities described in subsection (a)—

(1) to hire, train, compensate, and pay the expenses of individuals; and

(2) to purchase personal protective equipment and other supplies.

(c) Priority.—In selecting grant recipients under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to—

(1) applicants proposing to conduct activities funded under this sectionin hot spots and medically underserved communities; and

(2) applicants that agree, in hiring individuals to carry out activities funded under this section, to hire residents of the area or community where the activities will primarily occur, with higher priority among applicants described in this paragraph given based on the percentage of individuals to be hired from such area or community.

Read the full bill here.

Co-sponsors of Rush’s bill include Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Steve Cohen of Tennessee. Only one Republican, Rep. Jefferson Van Drew of New Jersey, signed on as a co-sponsor.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Backlash To the Bill Has Been Strong

C@C33886622

HR6666 introduced by Rep Bobby Rush of IL to allow HHS to grant entities to test and contact trace US citizens and even at their own homes. Let’s keep America the land of the free, @realDonaldTrump. THAT BILL IS TYRANNY!

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In addition to the petition, Rush has received a fair amount of social media backlash, mainly out of concern for privacy.

 

Reactions on Twitter have ranged from Third Reich and Hitler comparisons to people suggesting Rush wants to hire spiesmake lepers of those who are identified as sick and waste money.

Senate Republicans have been working on their own bill focused on contract tracing privacy to “provide all Americans with more transparency, choice, and control over the collection and use of their personal health, geolocation, and proximity data (and) hold businesses accountable to consumers if they use personal data to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.”

A draft of the bill, called the COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act, also encourages more transparency about what people’s information is being used for among phone companies like Apple and data collectors like Google.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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It is time for Bobby Rush to retire and go sit his ass at home and spend time with his grandchildren before the late stage Alzheimer's he must be suffering from takes the rest of his senses.

It's time for Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Gwen Moore of Wisconsinand Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida to be unseated by someone that won't throw African Americans under a freaking bus just to get their name on a Bill, or just to be listed as "co-sponsoring" a Bill, and/or, who knows exactly where such a Bill, or Act, or Law will lead to for African Americans.

They are either that freaking indifferent to what happens to Black people in America, or they are too stupid to make the connection between all the notorious "Bills" and 'laws' passed by Congress under the guise "helping" African Americans ([sic]"medically underserved", etc., communities), and illegal and unconstitutional surveillance, harassment, and targeting of Black people in America, and legalized ponzi schemes designed to and dependent on charging, prosecuting, fining and imprisoning Black people.

Bobby Rush should know better from real life experience and first hand knowledge, Reps. Rashida Tlaib of MichiganGwen Moore of Wisconsin,  and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida are not qualified to hold Congressional Representative Positions if they are not at least well-read enough to know a Neo-Tuskegee Experiment disguised as a Bill supposedly to "help" "underserved"/"urban"/"inner-city"/etc., communities.

This is nothing more than a freaking Fascist, Nazi, Racist'Negro'-hunting license

Reps. Rashida TlaibGwen Moore,  and Debbie Wasserman Shultz not being able to see this "Bill" for what it really is, automatically disqualifies them to even be African American/Black/minority members of Congress, and should be unseated in the the most immediate Congressional election.

Bobby Rush has to be suffering from Alzheimer's or Dementia, and should resign immediately, so that a real progressive [that can't be used and played by the fascist right] can take his place.

SMH

 

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