(AP file photo; House Television via AP, file) Conservative Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, left, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, were in agreement Monday that Congress had been given too little time to review the latest 5,593-page federal budget bill.
Though all but polar opposites in U.S. politics, conservative Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, were in agreement Monday that Congress had been given too little time to review the latest 5,593-page federal budget bill.
Senators and House members alike raced late Monday to approve the $2.3 trillion spending package, which included $900 billion in economic stimulus and coronavirus pandemic relief.
âItâs not good enough to hear about whatâs in the bill,â Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat popularly known as âAOCâ said early Monday on Twitter. âMembers of Congress need to see and read the bills we are expected to vote on.â
Itâs not good enough to hear about whatâs in the bill. Members of Congress need to see & read the bills we are expected to vote on.I know itâs âcontroversialâ & I get in trouble for sharing things like this, but the people of this country deserve to know. They deserve better.
She noted that Congress was being asked to approve its second largest spending measure in history by dayâs end, yet by 1 p.m. local time, members had not seen the text.
A few hours later, Lee tweeted âI agreeâ in a reply. The Utah senator went on to post a video denouncing the process.
âIâve been in the Senate now for 10 years, and this is by far the longest bill Iâve ever seen,â a frustrated Lee said that afternoon in Washington, gesturing toward a copying machine as it printed page after page of the critical bill.
The situation was âextraordinary,â Lee said. âBecause of the length, it is impossible that anyone will have the opportunity to read it between now and the time we will vote.â
1/4 This is the spending bill under consideration in Congress today. I received it just moments ago, and will likely be asked to vote on it late tonight. Itâs 5,593 pages long. I know there are some good things in it. Iâm equally confident that there are bad things in it. pic.twitter.com/SoWXnEWYfV
âThis process,â Lee added, âby which members of Congress are asked to defer blindly to legislation negotiated entirely in secret by four of their colleagues, must come to an end.â
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News – Exasperated over last-minute budget vote, Utahâs Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez find rare agreement