Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said that the $600 stimulus relief checks that Congress attempted to pass is “a slap in the face to every single American struggling,” as it gives billions to other countries and programs.
Gabbard explained in a video message exactly why she voted against the bill and also blasted House Democrat leadership.
House leadership. They manage the floor and the agenda. They get to decide what comes up for a vote and when.
— Tulsi Gabbard ? (@TulsiGabbard) December 22, 2020
She said, “I just got back from having voted on the House floor on this massive spending bill. I voted against it and I wanted to tell you why. First of all, this bill was over 5,500 pages long. We received the text of this bill at approximately 2:30 this afternoon. And we’re told we’d have to go and vote on it just a few hours later. There is no way that anybody in Congress had the opportunity or the time to go through and read this bill to know exactly what was in it.”
$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. pic.twitter.com/82F1HYF43T
— Tulsi Gabbard ? (@TulsiGabbard) December 22, 2020
Gabbard continued. “I’ve been here long enough to see how provisions are snuck into these bills, literally in the dark of night without any announcement without telling anyone what is in it and then rushed through in the manner that we have just seen tonight. This is the height of irresponsibility and it is absolutely no way for the people’s representatives to be able to represent the interests of the American people.”
She added, “The central part of this bill was supposed to be providing direct COVID relief to the American people who are struggling and who need help the most. This bill dished out hundreds of billions of dollars going towards special interest, going toward the Military-Industrial Complex, going toward foreign countries meanwhile saying ‘Here’s what’s left for you. You get $600.’ I’ll tell you, in Hawaii, that in most cases won’t even cover 25 percent of your rent. It is an insult and a slap in the face to every single American who is struggling because of this COVID pandemic, who is concerned about not being able to pay your rent, about eviction, about whether you’ll have enough to buy groceries or medicine for yourself or your loved ones.”
Gabbard concluded, “This bill is a representation of the screwed up priorities of Washington. They should be fighting for you and making sure that you, the American people, come first. This bill did not do that.”
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