Today’s Video Of The Day comes to us courtesy of LifeSite News, which informs us of a new measure introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill. The measure is called the “COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act,” and the bill number just happens to be, wait for it, H.R. 6666.
Seriously. That’s not a joke. That’s the actual bill number, as you can see here. You can’t make this stuff up.
According to LifeSite News:
In a bizarre story that seems so much like a conspiracy theory that you need to check it out for yourself, House Democrats have proposed a measure to fund tracing of individuals believed to have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus and require them to quarantine. What makes the story seem so far-fetched is that the bill number is H.R. 6666. No joke!
The bill authorizes the Health and Human Services department to give out $100 billion dollars for fiscal year 2020 alone “to eligible entities to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID–19, and related activities such as contact tracing, through mobile health units and, as necessary, at individuals’ residences, and for other purposes.”
The bill also seems to suggest an unlimited amount for 2021 and for as long as the Coronavirus looms. In the words of H.R.6666: “sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 2021 and any subsequent fiscal year during which the emergency period continues.”
And the funding is not for something only speculated about. Ventura County California has already rolled out the program, announcing on May 4, 2020 that they were launching a pilot “community contact tracing program.”
Here’s the video posted by LifeSite News:
“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,” Rush said, claiming it will be “impossible” to reopen the U.S. economy and return to normal “if we do not step up our testing efforts and implement robust and widespread contact tracing.”
Rush also noted on Twitter:
The @CDCgov says contact tracing, is a “core disease control measure” & “key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19.”
The COVID-19 TRACE Act would allow for mobile testing & door-to-door outreach to ensure we can SAFELY get back to normal. https://t.co/YlYhCQA5rR
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) May 9, 2020
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://t.co/5YGK34ifsU
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) May 5, 2020
He also assured us that nothing in the bill will threaten anyone’s liberties:
Question: How can we ensure our liberties will be preserved?
Answer: I have spent my entire life fighting for the liberty of my community & others. There is nothing in this bill that will threaten anyone's individual liberties. Again, this bill is about increasing testing. https://t.co/63pt42plvY
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) May 12, 2020
But not everyone is convinced, as Breitbart — which called it the “Devil” bill in its headline — notes:
However, his proclamation has done little to ease the concerns of critics, who view the bill as a slippery slope.
“This is nothing but a massive government surveillance program cloaked in a cure-the-coronavirus label,” the Washington Times’ Cheryl K. Chumley warned, adding that the measure “does it deceptively so, under the guise of providing a societal good.”
Could something like this become the basis for something like, say, micro-chipping American citizens so the government can keep track of them?
LifeSite News concluded:
It only makes sense if they’re serious about contact tracing to insist on use of the app the way they are in China. And it would also make sense to somehow ensure that people can’t leave their tracing devices at home when they leave the house, hence the thoughts of implantable tracing microchips.
And in case you’re wondering if such microchips has ever moved beyond the tracking of pets, one U.S. company rolled out micro-chipping of its employees already in 2018. Since then 11 states have banned companies from microchipping their employees. Moreover, just a few months ago, Bill Gates’ company Microsoft patented microchip technology for cryptocurrency, but that’s another story.
As of this writing, the measure has 59 cosponsors, all but one of whom are Democrats. The lone Republican supporting this bill so far is New Jersey’s Jefferson Van Drew.
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