‘This is a heist’: Candace Owens issues Ocasio-Cortez a challenge after rare agreement on COVID bill

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They say politics makes strange bedfellows and it doesn’t get stranger than seeing conservative commentator Candace Owens agreeing with self-avowed socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Taking matters to the next level, Owens not only agreed with AOC, she challenged the lawmaker to take her colleagues to task over the distribution of the $900 billion COVID-19 relief package.

 

At the risk of being mistaken for a member of the tea party, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter on Monday to rail against the relief package being passed, along with a $1.4 trillion government spending bill to fund federal agencies for the new fiscal year — a massive 5,593-page bill — without giving members time to understand what’s in the bill.

“I implore AOC to ask her colleagues WHY the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center need over a billion dollars of OUR money,” Owens said, in response to a tweet posted by Ocasio-Cortez.

In an earlier tweet, Ocasio-Cortez slammed the tactics employed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass the measures.

“This isn’t governance. It’s hostage-taking,” she tweeted.

Not only did Owens agree with AOC, Sen. Ted Cruz also said the Democrat was right about lawmakers not having time to read the bill, this being a key motivation behind millions of Americans joining the tea party in 2009-2010 and sweeping Cruz into office.

Count Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in too:

There were Republican members of the House speaking out about having no time to read the massive bill:

For the record, despite her protests, Ocasio-Cortez voted for the bill, while Sens. Cruz and Lee voted against it, joined by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Rick Scott, R-Fla., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., all Republicans.

Ocasio-Cortez also didn’t mention that the House has a rule to give members 72 hours to read the bills, according to Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., who shared that Democrats voted to suspend that rule — well, most of them, as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, was quick to remind Massie.

As for Owens’ challenge to AOC, she tweeted a breakdown of the distribution of the funds, saying the measure “provides MORE funding to foreign governments and to American arts centers, than to the American people.”

On that note, the Kennedy Center will get $26.4 million, and a whopping $1 billion is set aside to build two new Smithsonian Museums, the Women’s History Museum and the National Museum of the American Latino.

The bill allocates $82 billion to education, $54 billion for elementary and secondary schools and $23 billion for universities. About $1 billion will go to Native American schools, and $4 billion to a Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund.

As seen above, Owens called on Americans to push President Trump to veto the bill.

On that note, Rep. Massie shared another atrocity in the bill: $10 million earmarked for “gender programs” in Pakistan — which more or less proves that Congress thinks the American people are stupid.

Tom Tillison

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