Virus Bills Stuffed With F-35 Money, Help for Cannabis Firms

July 29, 2020, 6:59 PM

Tucked into the latest coronavirus packages from Democrats and Republicans are a slew of provisions that don’t have much to do with a public health crisis.

Republicans want $29.4 billion for fighter jets and other military spending and $1.75 billion for a new FBI building. Democrats are proposing $136.6 billion for state and local tax breaks for high earners and expanded access to banks for cannabis companies.

Those budget lines, while relatively small compared to the $1 trillion total Republicans have said they’re looking to spend -- or the more than $3 trillion sought by Democrats -- are becoming key...

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