Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed the $ 2.3 trillion coronavirus aid and government spending bill just hours before turning around and voting for it.
Posting to Twitter on Monday, AOC complained that Congress had to vote on the bill, the second-largest spending bill in U.S. history, without reading it.
“It is not enough to just hear what is in the bill,” she wrote. “Members of Congress need to see and read the bills we are supposed to vote on. I know this is “controversial” and I have problems sharing things like this, but the people of this country deserve to know. They deserve better.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) agreed with Ocasio-Cortez’s comments about the bill, saying, “AOC is right. 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 that no one else has. had time to read.
Fox 66 News Anchor Dave Bondy pointed out that members of Congress should have read 9.8 pages per minute if they wanted to read the bill in its entirety.
Responding to an article claiming the stimulus bill “would make illegal streaming a crime,” AOC said, “That’s why Congress needs time to read this package before voting. Members of Congress have not read this bill. It’s over 5,000 pages, arrived at 2 p.m. today, and we’re told to expect a vote on it in 2 hours. “
“It’s not governance. It’s a hostage-taking, ”she insisted.
The New York MP continued, “And by the way, it’s not just the members who need to see the bill ahead of time – YOU do it. The PUBLIC needs to see these invoices with enough time to contact their representative to let them know how they feel. Members are shaken right now because they don’t have time to consult with their communities. “
Almost all of the criticisms Ocasio-Cortez made were correct, but when it came time to vote she joined 348 other House members in passing the bill.
Ultimately, the bill passed House 359-53 and Senate 92-6.
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