Another shameful week for the US Congress. They rushed through a 5,593-page pork-filled monstrosity spending bill without anyone on Capital Hill reading it.
The bill passed by the House and Senate contained payments of only $600 per adult American but would give up to $1800 for the families of illegal aliens married to American citizens.
In addition Congress was shamfully trying to send billions of dollars overseas to foreign countries.
$135 million to Burma
$85.5 million to Cambodia
$1.4 billion for “Asia Reassurance Initiative Act”
$130 million to Nepal
$700 million to Sudan
$250 million in Palestinian aid
$25 million for “gender programs” in Pakistan.
Thousands of Twitter users blasted the bill including Lance Gooden, US Representative from Texas.
On Tuesday, President Trump gave an address from the White House rejecting the passed COVID relief bill. He called on Congress to redo the $900 billion, cutting out the pork and increasing the direct payments to American citizens to $2000 per adult or $4000 per couple.
He read off a list of millions and billions of dollars in the bill designated for foreign nations and special interests, comparing that to the $600 for Americans. Trump also called on more relief for small businesses, especially restaurants.
On Thursday morning the Pelosi lead US House tried to push through an amendment to the bill, increasing direct payments to the $2,000 President Trump asked for, but WITHOUT taking out any of the pork including payments to foreign nations.
Knowing the GOP could not support these changes, the US House voted it down, with the blame falling squarely on the minority party, a sick political maneuver by Pelosi.
Knowing it would only take one objection in a voice vote to fail, Pelosi moved forward anyway. She should have called the entire House back to vote giving it a batter chance, but wanting it to fail for political reasons, punishing the GOP, she did not.
Some on the left can see what Pelosi did, pardon her “French”, not happy about it.