Sen Kennedy: Democrat COVID Bill 'Is a Left of Lenin, Neo-Socialist Wish List'
Republican blasts proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) has slammed the Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID relief package for being "chock full" of unrelated "spending porn."
The Republican senator blasted the bill during a Wednesday appearance on Fox News's “America’s Newsroom.”
Kennedy noted the package that is supposed to provide assistance to Americans during the coronavirus pandemic but it is, instead, crammed full of far-left policies.
He called the bill a “neo-socialist wish list” because it is full of items that have nothing to do with the virus and includes money for transit projects, illegal immigrants, and more.
"The profligacy is mind-numbing," Kennedy blasted.
"The motto of the Biden administration seems to be 'We can’t spend too much.'"
"Any fair-minded person knows that is a very superficial, desultory, almost infantile approach — either that or the people advising president Biden have an opium habit,” Kennedy continued.
“Any fool can spend money.
"The objective is not to spend money.
"It is not how much you spend.
"It’s what you spend it on," he said.
"Ninety-five percent of President Biden’s bill is not going to even be spent until 2022 and beyond.
"This isn’t a coronavirus bill: This is a left of Lenin, neo-socialist wish list.
"I mean, it just is. It is chock full of spending porn."
"They’ve got money for transit projects and bridges and language preservation, billions for people who are in our country illegally," Sen. Kennedy noted.
"I am all for spending additional monies to combat the coronavirus.
"But this bill isn’t it.”
Joe Biden’s stimulus package offers $1,400 direct payments to those Americans earning $75,000 or less or $2,800 to married couples with a combined salary of $150,000 or less.
There are also $1,400 payments for each child living with a parent.
It also includes an order to legislate a $15 federal minimum wage.
Kennedy argued that the federal government should be focused on reopening the nation’s schools.
The senator noted that schools have already been provided with $70 billion and have only spent $4 billion.
“So why are we giving them hundreds of billions of dollars more?”
Some economists have raised concerns that the spending bill could prompt an outbreak of hyperinflation.