Editor’s Note: This article was updated to clarify that some of the spending items were included in the omnibus spending bill, which was combined with the coronavirus relief package.

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard slammed the $900 billion COVID relief bill that will include $600 stimulus checks, calling it “an insult and a slap in the face” to Americans.

Gabbard voted against the massive spending bill passed by both the House and Senate on Monday.

As with several other lawmakers, the congresswoman from Hawaii took issue with the length of the bill and the relatively short time each member had to parse what was in it.

“First of all, this bill was over 5,500 pages long,” she said in a video posted to Twitter. “We received the text of this bill at approximately 2:30 this afternoon, and we’re told we’d have to go and vote on it just a few hours later.”

Gabbard added, “There is no way that anybody in Congress had the opportunity or the time to go through and read this bill to know exactly what was in it.”

She then took aim at the paltry amount of money being dished out to Americans.

“Here’s what’s left for you: You get 600 bucks,” the right-leaning Democrat said. “I’ll tell you, in Hawaii, that in most cases won’t even cover 25 percent of your rent.”

“It is an insult and a slap in the face to every single American in this country who is struggling because of this COVID pandemic,” Gabbard explained.

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Like Gabbard, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also took issue with being forced to read a bloated bill within just a couple of hours.

“Members of Congress have not read this bill,” she tweeted. “It’s over 5000 pages, arrived at 2pm today, and we are told to expect a vote on it in 2 hours. This isn’t governance. It’s hostage-taking.”

Unlike Gabbard, who has the courage of her convictions, Ocasio-Cortez still voted yes on a bill she readily admits she could not have read.

 

Senator Rand Paul, in a speech that went viral, blasted the bill and any “so-called conservatives” who voted for “this spending monstrosity.”

“If free money was the answer … if money really did grow on trees, why not give more free money?” he said. “Why not give it out all the time? Why stop at $600 a person? Why not $1,000? Why not $2,000?”

Handing out money isn’t the answer, but if the government is going to do it in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, it sure as hell better be more than $600, and the bill should only focus on struggling Americans and businesses.

In the end, as we argued on these very pages, this isn’t about money from the government, it’s about the government preventing people from earning money.

On that, Paul seems to agree, saying “the only thing that can save us is opening the economy.”

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Gabbard also notes that the COVID relief bill “dished out hundreds of billions of dollars” to special interests, the military, and foreign countries.

Grabien Media founder Tom Elliott tweeted out a series of screenshots claiming they were of the COVID relief bill.

The Blaze reports that some of the shocking pork inserted into the bill includes “millions of dollars to fund ‘gender programs’ in Pakistan, fund new cars for federal HIV/AIDS workers, and establish a Climate Security Advisory Council.”

These offending items were not part of the COVID bill, but part of the attached $1.4 trillion “omnibus” spending bill for the government, with the two bills being combined into a package.

Gabbard concluded by saying the bill is a “representation of the screwed-up priorities of Washington.”

“They should be fighting for you and making sure that you, the American people, come first. This bill did not do that.”

Earlier this month Gabbard made news by bucking her own party, introducing a “born alive” amendment that protects infants who survive abortion, and bringing forth legislation that would prevent biological males from competing in women’s sports.

Gabbard did not seek reelection to Congress in 2020 and her seat will be filled by Kai Kahele representing Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional district.

We’d like to see her continue fighting for the American people and against self-absorbed lawmakers.

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