While Florida Democrats have been criticizing Governor Ron DeSantis (R) for relocating illegal immigrants to Martha's Vineyard, the reelection campaign for DeSantis has been blasting the Democrats for voting to approve the funding that allowed the governor to do so.
Eleven Democratic members of the state Senate voted in favor of the state's budget for the fiscal year 2022-2023, which appropriated $12 million to transport illegal immigrants to the jurisdictions of sanctuary cities located outside of the state. The funding came from interest earned on COVID-19 relief given to Florida by the Biden administration as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, according to Christina Pushaw, who serves as the Rapid Response director for Ron DeSantis's campaign. This information was confirmed by the Washington Post.
Since Congress did not vote to impose restrictions on the interest that could be earned from coronavirus relief funds, Florida legislators were free to spend the money however they saw fit with the money. On March 14, 2022, a vote of 33-0 was taken by the state senators to approve the budget.
2 things CNN “forgot” to report:
1. The money actually came from the interest our state has collected on BidenBucks.
2. Almost every Democrat in the Florida Legislature voted for it, including those who are having public meltdowns today https://t.co/rOm9EjUDiM
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) September 16, 2022
Pushaw brought up the fact that many of the Democrats who are criticizing the governor for relocating migrants to Martha's Vineyard were among those who voted in favor of the budget, which included the relocation program.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on The Blaze.