Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy said his colleagues were acting like “a-holes” by holding the latest Wuhan virus spending package hostage to a long list of leftist pipe dreams.
“People are losing their jobs, they’re losing their savings. They’re losing their 401(k). We think we know how to get the economy back on its feet over the next 60 to 90 days until we can get control of the virus,” Kennedy said on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “And some of my colleagues, they’re acting like a-holes. I’m sorry. I’m not saying they mean to.
“They’re just throwing in every special interest, political want, not need, thinking they can ram it through because we’re too scared to vote against it, and it’s just wrong.”
Kennedy’s criticism of Democrats comes over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s obstruction of the second bipartisan $1.8 trillion spending package that appeared likely to pass prior to Pelosi’s intervention.
On Monday, House Democrats came up with a proposal littered with long-advocated leftist welfare programs that are unrelated to coronavirus relief. Among the 1,400 pages of crisis exploitation as of Monday night, Democrats included provisions governing elections, requiring mandated access to early voting, and same-day registration.
In the bill, Democrats also want to bail out the U.S. Postal Service and implement a new “corporate board diversity” mandate in the agency.
That’s not all. Democrats are pushing for ambitious climate change constraints on the ailing economy, requiring airlines to “fully offset the annual carbon emissions … for domestic flights beginning in 2025,” and providing passengers information “regarding greenhouse gas emissions resulting from each individual flight.” How shaming airplane passengers for flying would help stop the spread of the deadly Wuhan virus or bring a crashing economy back to life has yet to be articulated.