Introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, Democrat, from the South Side of Chicago, it seems fitting that he introduced it on May 1, or May Day, the worldwide term for a distress call in a life-threatening emergency. Another bizarre and troubling detail, its number – 6666 – incorporates what is considered the number of the beast in the Book of Revelation. Omens such as these must surely give pause to even the agnostic among us.
The bill is short – under five pages – but grants $100 BILLION to entities around the country "to trace and monitor the contacts of infected individuals, and to support the quarantine of such contacts." It would do this through mobile health units "at individuals' residences" and provide "services related to testing and quarantines" and "for other purposes." Priority for funding would go to "hot spots" and "medically underserved communities."
The Centers for Disease Control Director would direct the funds to health clinics, schools, high schools, universities or basically any other entity the CDC Director chooses. $100 billion in funding would be for Fiscal Year 2020 and "such sums as may be necessary" for FY 2021 and any year thereafter when the emergency continues. The bill almost humorously notes that it must not contradict medical privacy laws.
One hundred billion dollars is the size of New Jersey and Illinois' entire state budgets, combined. The bill is wildly unconstitutional on myriad grounds. Yet, it now has 58 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. If passed, this bill would surveil EVERYONE.