The horrible cornavirus relief package worth $900 billion, just passed Monday night, and with overwhelming support in the Republican-controlled Senate.
All the Democrats, as well as the vast majority of Republicans voted “yes” on the bill.
6 GOP members of the Senate opposed the bill: Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Scott, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, and Marsha Blackburn.
While the rest of the gutless and corrupt members of the Senate rolled over, these six stood strongly in opposition.
They provided ample reasoning for voting no, including the cost of the bill, as well as the rediculous length of nearly 5,600 pages.
After months of stalled negotiations, Congress finally passed a new $900 billion coronavirus relief package late Monday night with overwhelming support in the Senate, but six Republicans stood firmly against it.
Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., all stood firmly against the bill, which had been bundled with a $1.4 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. Their criticisms largely focused on the size of the legislation, both in terms of the dollar amount and the bill's page count.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
"To so-called conservatives who are quick to identify the socialism of Democrats: If you vote for this spending monstrosity, you are no better," Paul said on the Senate floor.
"When you vote to pass out free money, you lose your soul and you abandon forever any semblance of moral or fiscal integrity," he said, targeting his fellow Republicans.
Paul suggested that instead lawmakers should open the economy, cut obvious waste in the budget, and stop piling on debt for future generations.
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.
Likewise, Scott railed against what he believed was an unnecessarily expensive measure, warning that there will be consequences for taxpayers.
"Once again, in classic Washington style, vital programs are attached to a massive omnibus spending bill that mortgages our kids & grandkid’s futures," he tweeted. "Therefore, I can’t support this bill."
Scott's tweet included a lengthier statement in which he lamented that "Washington doesn’t seem to understand that new spending today will be paid for by increased federal debt and result in a tax increase on families down the road." He mentioned that his position is consistent with his history of opposing "enormous and wasteful" bills.
"The easy route is simply to go along as Congress continues to do harm to future generations of Americans, but I will not be a part of it," he said.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
Blackburn recognized that the legislation will accomplish a number of positive goals such as the development and distribution of vaccines, assistance to schools, and help for small businesses, but claimed it was not worth the steep cost.
"I cannot support nearly $2.4 trillion in spending that will make recovery even harder," she said in a statement. "I have serious concerns with provisions buried in the 5,593 page bill, such as expanded visas, Pell grants for prisoners, and households with illegal aliens receiving economic impact payments. For these reasons, I voted no on passage of this legislation."
Senator Ron Johnson spoke of the deepening debt this bill puts the United States in.
Senator Ted Cruz called the bill a waste of taxpayer money.
ABC 13 has more on Cruz's comments:
After that massive $900 billion COVID-19 pandemic relief package was approved by Congress on Monday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz released a statement explaining why he voted against the measure.
Cruz was one of six GOP senators to cast a nay vote on the bill, which passed both houses and is headed to President Donald Trump's desk for his signature.
"Had this bill been solely focused on re-opening the economy, getting Americans back to work, and jump starting a recovery, it would have had my enthusiastic support," Cruz said in a statement overnight.
The junior senator from Texas said late Monday the bill was a waste of taxpayer money and full of pork barrel spending.
"Though the mainstream media and lobbyists will hail this legislative monstrosity as a tremendous victory, make no mistake: urgently-needed COVID-19 relief was tied to a $1.4 trillion wasteful end-of-year spending bill and countless pet projects that will escape close scrutiny because three times, congressional Democrats rejected good faith efforts to pass targeted relief," Cruz said.
Cruz was also critical of the length of the bill, pointing out the absurdity of voting on a bill without enough time to even read it.
This backed up a similar sentiment from Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who then went ahead and voted yes anyway.
Senator Mike Lee criticized the secrecy of the bill, as well as the expectation for blind obedience to the content.
This bill does not have the best interests of the American people in mind.
As usual, the Democrats crammed as much BS as they could into this bill, knowing full there was not enough time for anyone to read it.