‘It’s hostage-taking.’ AOC lashed out after lawmakers got only hours to read and pass the huge 5,593-page bill to secure COVID-19 relief
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted furiously about the short time given to lawmakers to review the spending bill passed at speed by Congress on Monday.
- Representatives had only a few hours to read the 5,593-page, $1.4 trillion government spending bill, which was published in the afternoon and passed the same night.
- It was an “omnibus” measure that included a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus package, along with a host of other spending measures.
- AOC pointed out that there was no way lawmakers could have read the whole thing, and said the process was serving the American people poorly.
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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez described the voting process on the legislation containing the COVID-19 stimulus bill as “hostage-taking” after representatives were given only a few hours to read 5,593 pages of text.
Congress on Monday passed a $1.4 trillion government spending bill includes as a subsection a package of $908 billion in COVID-19 economic stimulus, agreed after months of tense negotiation.
The final text of the legislation was released only on Monday afternoon. The House vote took place at 9.08 p.m., while Senators took until almost midnight to pass it.
Both chambers overwhelmingly passed the bill, and, despite her objections, Ocasio-Cortez …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]