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Stimulus searchlight: what’s in our COVID-19 stimulus bill?

Hey there! How well do YOU know your COVID-19 stimulus bill? Let’s test your knowledge with a game of  Stimulus Searchlight! Below are ten provisions of H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Some really are in the bill; some are not. Compare your answers with the key and see how well you did!

1. $6.3 billion write-off for business lunches

2. Provisions for the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama

3. $3 billion in additional defense spending

4. The creation of Anteater Sanctuary Zones in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

5. The creation of an independent commission to oversee horse racing

6. A $2.5 billion tax break for racetracks

7. Provisions determining how much rainfall is acceptable before Congress must be adjourned due to flood risk

8. No longer a federal crime to misuse imagery of Smokey Bear and other mascots

9. $300 million for the National Museum of American Currency

10. The distribution of $2000 stimulus checks

(0) You are not an enthusiast of stimulus checks. Enjoy your regular-person hobbies.

(1-3) You are likely a member of Congress.

(4-6) You’ve clearly read at least one of the 5,593 pages of this bill. It’s good to stay on top of things.

(7-9) You’re a proud racetrack owner. Mind letting me take a spin?

(10) Congratulations! You know too much. The number for Student Health and Counseling is 507-222-4080.

Thanks for playing Stimulus Searchlight! We hope to see you back for another round once the next COVID-19 relief bill is passed. 

We really do.


1: Real   2: Real    3: Fake (this money was actually given in the National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 9365)   4: Fake    5: Real    6: Real    7: Fake   8: Real    9: Fake   10: Nah. Sorry

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Ben More, Editor in Chief
I'm Ben, and I couldn't be more excited to spend my fourth and final year at Carleton as Editor-in-Chief! As a lifelong grammar enthusiast, my favorite part of the job is copyediting. Outside the Carletonian, I study Spanish with a music minor and enjoy reading the news, playing the drums and going on nature runs. Ben was previously Managing Editor, Arts and Features Editor, Bald Spot Editor and Staff Writer.
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