It has been nothing less than a wild week in Congress, with both parties and both chambers finally coming together on a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package that conveniently was attached to a $2.5 trillion spending bill that amounted to nearly 6,000 pages.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) went absolutely scorched earth on his Republican colleagues for supporting the monstrosity of a bill that contained mountains of foreign aid spending, warning his Republican colleagues that they lack “fiscal integrity” if they voted in favor of the bill.
Only five Senate Republicans joined Paul in voting against the bill, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), which passed the upper chamber in a 91-6 vote.
Paul denounces handing out “free money”
Paul, a principled libertarian, was appalled at the gross level of spending in the bill, citing it as an example of “modern monetary theory” which suggests “government can spend whatever it wants without the need to tax,” Fox News reported.
In a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Paul held nothing back as he blasted his Republican colleagues, saying, “To so-called conservatives who are quick to identify the socialism of Democrats: If you vote for this spending monstrosity, you are no better.”
“When you vote to pass out free money, you lose your soul and you abandon forever any semblance of moral or fiscal integrity,” the ticked-off senator added.
Paul then dialed in on the $600 stimulus checks that will go out to Americans, arguing sarcastically that if so many people believe that the government can print money at will, Americans should receive checks for multiple times that amount.
“Why stop at $600 a person? Why not $1,000? Why not $2,000? Maybe these new Free-Money Republicans should join the Everybody-Gets-A-Guaranteed-Income Caucus? Why not $20,000 a year for everybody, why not $30,000? If we can print out money with impunity, why not do it?” Paul said. Watch below:
The Kentucky senator didn’t take the floor and give such a speech simply to admonish his colleagues. He also offered what he believes is a sensible approach to passing such a bill, reminding those listening that America will be paying this debt for generations to come.
Paul asked his Republican colleagues to use their positions of power to help open up local economies across the country and cut out so much of the unnecessary spending packed into the budget bill. He also pleaded with them to stop adding so much debt that future generations will never be able to recover from.
On Wednesday, the fiscal conservative summarized what happened in a tweet, indicating that it could take some time for Congress to figure out just how asinine the bill truly is.
“Congress passed a nearly 5,600 page bill that was written in secret, put in public 6 hours before the vote, and read by NOT ONE person in the body. Not. One. We will spend all week and probably longer trying to figure out all that was wrong with it,” Paul wrote.