(UnitedVoice.com) – For nearly six months, Democrats and Republicans fought over a coronavirus relief package’s size and scope. The GOP argued the House’s $2.2 trillion HEROES Act passed in June was outrageously expensive. On Monday, December 22, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Democrats could have passed this bill to help Americans last summer, but they wouldn’t do it because of their hatred for Donald Trump.
As bad as that is, and it’s bad, what is in this bill is even worse. It’s laced with special interest money and funds for foreign governments that add up to billions of dollars in wasted money during the pandemic. That money could have gone directly to the American’s who spent their lives paying taxes and are being severely hurt by the choices of their federal, state, and local governments.
Here’s the telling part, when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) agrees with far-left firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), you know something’s wrong with the bill. More on that in a moment… you don’t want to miss this one.
Where Did the Money Go?
Let’s spell out how bad a deal America got in this bill:
- Kennedy Center: $26.4 million
- Smithsonian: $1 billion
- National Art Gallery: $154 million
- National Art & Humanities: $167 million
- Woodrow Wilson Center: $14 million
Or… how about the money America is borrowing to pay for this bill to give to foreign countries:
- Egypt: $1.3 billion
- Sudan: $700 million
- Ukraine: $453 million
- Israel: $500 million
- Nepal: 130 million
- Burma: $135 million
- Cambodia: $85.5 million
- Pakistan: $25 million
- Asia RIA: $1.4 billion
How much will most Americans get?
That’s right, $600 whopping big ones. Millions of Americans are out of work, and more are set to join them thanks to shutdowns in numerous states, yet this is what we get from the House and Senate leadership in Washington, DC.
How did America get such a rotten deal?
Power Centralized in Leadership
In total, the bill is almost 6,000 pages. Why is a COVID-19 relief bill 6,000 pages? What else is buried in this thing that hasn’t come to light? For once, AOC got this right:
This is why Congress needs time to actually read this package before voting on it.
Members of Congress have not read this bill. It’s over 5000 pages, arrived at 2pm today, and we are told to expect a vote on it in 2 hours.
This isn’t governance. It’s hostage-taking. https://t.co/JpBbEHHkVG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 21, 2020
The leftist Representative went on to say that it isn’t just members of Congress that should have had the time to see the bill. The people should have as well so they could call and make their views on the legislation known.
Sen. Cruz joined AOC in her sentiments. The Texas Senator tweeted in agreement with AOC but took it even further. He argued the bill was negotiated in secret, and hours later, leadership demanded an up or down vote before anyone had time to read the bill.
Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) voted no on the bill as well.
Be sure to listen to Sen. Paul’s speech on the Senate floor:
Congress Is Broken
The problem is power is centralized in the leadership of both chambers, and rank and file members representing their constituents’ interests are left out in the cold. They are treated like livestock who are expected to fall in line. This is not how America was designed to function.
Once again, special interests win. Americans lose.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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