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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.
I 100% agree with @AOC on this one.
This isn’t a stimulus bill, this is heist. Wealthy people are stealing tax dollars under the guise of COVID-19 relief.
I implore AOC to ask her colleagues WHY the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center need over a billion dollars of OUR money. https://t.co/HIWVfQy6e9
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) December 22, 2020
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.
This is why Congress needs time to actually read this package before voting on it.
Members of Congress have not read this bill. It’s over 5000 pages, arrived at 2pm today, and we are told to expect a vote on it in 2 hours.
This isn’t governance. It’s hostage-taking. https://t.co/JpBbEHHkVG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 21, 2020
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.
.@AOC is right.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 21, 2020
Count Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in too:
I agree. https://t.co/fAIDtq9kcM
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) December 21, 2020
There were Republican members of the House speaking out about having no time to read the massive bill:
Votes are still expected today on this legislation. No one will be able to read it all in its entirety.
Special interests win. Americans lose. https://t.co/zuyrLjez6o
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) December 21, 2020
5,593 pages to read and the vote is in 4 hours.
That's almost 1,000 pages an hour!
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) December 21, 2020
Folks, we just received a 5,600 page PDF that represents one of the largest spending bills in our history, and NOT ONE Member of Congress will have had time to read through it before voting later today.
This is awful governance, and a disservice to the American people.
— Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) December 21, 2020
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.
Not every Democrat ….
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) December 22, 2020
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.
Every American left and right should be calling for a #VETO of this stimulus “deal”— which provides MORE funding to foreign governments and to American arts centers, than to the American people.
RETWEET so EVERY American sees how corrupt the Covid-19 “relief” packing is. pic.twitter.com/N08YB51vsx
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) December 22, 2020
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.
I predict the day our country’s finances collapse, we will still be funding “gender programs in Pakistan.” Tonight’s COVID relief/stimulus bill has no less than $10 million for said programs attached to it. pic.twitter.com/0WMTeckdBN
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 22, 2020
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