New York Democrat admits she engaged in “hostage-taking” of the American people
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government spending bill just hours before she turned around and voted in favor of it.
Posting to Twitter on Monday, AOC complained that Congress was expected to vote on the bill, the second largest spending bill in US history, without having read it.
“It’s not good enough to hear about what’s in the bill,” she wrote. “Members of Congress need to see & read the bills we are expected to vote on. I know it’s ‘controversial’ & I get in trouble for sharing things like this, but the people of this country deserve to know. They deserve better.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) agreed with Ocasio-Cortez’s comments about the bill, saying, “AOC is right. It’s ABSURD to have a $2.5 trillion spending bill negotiated in secret and then—hours later—demand an up-or-down vote on a bill nobody has had time to read.”
Fox 66 News anchor Dave Bondy noted Congress members would have to have read 9.8 pages-per-minute if they wanted to read the bill in full.