Rep. Tulsi Gabbard weighed in on the coronavirus relief bill, calling it a “slap in the face” to struggling Americans.
Gabbard said the bill was indicative of the “screwed-up priorities of Washington.”
The Hawaii Democrat outlined why she rejected the $900 billion legislation, along with the $1.4 trillion omnibus bill, which passed both chambers of Congress shortly before midnight.
“First of all, this bill was over 5,500 pages long,” she said.
“We received the text of this bill at approximately 2:30 this afternoon, and we’re told you have to go and vote on it 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.”
“I’ve been here long enough to see how provisions are snuck [sic] into these bills in 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,” she added.
Gabbard’s video on Twitter went viral and garnered over 1.1 million views within hours.
“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 continued.
“The central part of this bill was supposed to be about 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 interests, going towards the military industry complex, going towards foreign countries.”
“Meanwhile, saying, ‘Here’s what’s left for you. You get 600 bucks.’”
The lawmaker scorned her own party for passing legislation after months of delays fronted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“It is an insult and a slap in the face to every single American in this country who is struggling because of this COVID pandemic who is concerned about not being able to pay the rent, about eviction, about whether you’ll have enough to buy groceries or medicine for yourself or your loved ones,” she said.
“This bill is a representation of the screwed-up priorities of Washington.”
President Donald Trump said he would not sign the relief bill into law until Congress increased the check to $2000.
The president blasted the “wasteful items” in the tacked-on spending package that was rushed through Congress the night before.
Trump slammed the bill as a “disgrace,” saying he wants to see more money going to individuals and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and less in “wasteful spending.”