Senator Rand Paul on Monday went off on lawmakers for backing a gargantuan COVID relief bill and omnibus spending package.
Sen. Rand Paul blasted lawmakers for voting in favor of the $900 billion coronavirus aid bill on Monday, which he said only encourages states to stay shuttered and adds to the nation’s growing deficit.
In a fiery, 12-minute speech on the Senate floor, the Kentucky Senator said Republicans were no better than Democrats for acting like money grows on trees and saddling future generations with record debt.
“Today, many of these same Republicans will vote for a bill that makes modern monetary theory looks like child’s play in comparison. The monstrous spending bill presented today is not just a ‘deficits don’t matter’ disaster, it is everything Republicans say they don’t believe in,” Paul said.
“This bill is free money for everyone. Proponents don’t care if you’re fully employed, or own your own house, or own your own business,” he went on.
“If free money were the answer, if money really grew on trees, why not give more free money? Why not give it out all the time? Why stop at $600 a person? Why not $1,000? Why not $2,000?,” he said.
“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?” he asked.
Five Republican lawmakers joined Paul in voting against the package, including Sens. Rick Scott of Florida, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Mike Lee of Utah.
Senators who voted against the COVID relief package (92-6 vote):
Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee
Rand Paul of Kentucky
Rick Scott of Florida
Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
Mike Lee of Utah
Ted Cruz of Texas.
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) December 22, 2020
The House voted 359-53 in favor of the relief bill, which then passed the Senate 91-6 and now heads to President Trump’s desk.
Democrats wanted a $3.3 trillion package but ultimately passed a much smaller $900 billion aid bill.
But Paul said there was no more money left to give and noted that the federal government brought in $3.3 trillion last year and spent $6.6 trillion.
“The coffers are bare. We have no rainy day fund, we have no savings account. Congress has spent all the money long ago,” he said, adding that US government debt is now $27 trillion — up from $5 trillion under George Bush.
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— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 22, 2020
“This spending has been going on for decades. Today’s money is gone so Congress is spending tomorrow’s money,” he said.