Monday night Congress passed a long 5,500 page COVID-19 relief bill which sparked attacks on the bill by both members of the GOP and the Democratic Party. Surprisingly, far-left Congresswoman AOC and Republican Senator Ted Cruz both agree that the bill was too long to read before the vote.
This bill however did pass 92-6 in the Senate and 359-53 in the House. Ted Cruz was one of the 6 Republican Senators including Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Rick Scott (R-FL) to vote against this bill.
AOC did vote for the bill but expressed deep concern with the length of the bill and the amount of time they had to read it. Ted Cruz agreed with AOC’s statement on Twitter.
Congress is expected to vote on the second largest bill in US history *today* – $2.5 trillion – and as of about 1pm, members don’t even have the legislative text of it yet.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 21, 2020
.@AOC is right.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 21, 2020
It’s ABSURD to have a $2.5 trillion spending bill negotiated in secret and then—hours later—demand an up-or-down vote on a bill nobody has had time to read. #CongressIsBroken https://t.co/EQp8BfRBHj
As you can see, some Republicans and Democrats came together in a rare moment to try and stop this bill from being voted on with so little time to read it. Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard also voted no on the bill as she cited similar reasons in a video she released on Twitter last night.
“$600 is a slap in the face to every American struggling due to the pandemic. You deserve better. I voted against the 5,593-page spending bill that gave billions to corporate interests, the military industrial complex & other countries, leaving crumbs for you who need help most.” See tweet:
$600 is a slap in the face to every American struggling due to the pandemic. You deserve better.— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) December 22, 2020
I voted against the 5,593-page spending bill that gave billions to corporate interests, the military industrial complex & other countries, leaving crumbs for you who need help most. pic.twitter.com/82F1HYF43T
The Democratic leaders in the House and the establishment Republicans seemed to want to make sure no one had the time to read it as it was filled with garbage like foreign aid to multiple countries and 10 million dollars for Pakistan “gender programs”.
It’s likely that the radical leftists like AOC don’t have all the same reasons as the right-wing elected officials who also stand against the wasteful spending being proposed, but it’s good to see them agree on the premise anyway. Clearly, AOC, doesn’t want a wall, and most Republicans don’t want illegal immigrants or those abetting them to get stimulus relief, but it’s important to have clout against these establishment hacks anyway.
This now puts the president in a tough spot as Americans do need some type of relief but this bill is filled with garbage and wasteful spending. The media would most likely slam him for vetoing it but that seems to be the best option.
However, it was good to see both Republicans and Democrats vote against this bill. The righteous indignation from the American people, in the end, has to result in something.
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