Again… follow the money. This bill isn’t about the $600 checks. That is just the fig leaf for an omnibus spending boondoggle to pay for a laundry list of pet projects for politicians.
A number of more obscure provisions have been tucked into the 5,000-plus page stimulus bill that Congress is expected to pass later Monday night.
The bill would green-light the creation of two new Smithsonians on the National Mall, could punish illegal streamers for up to 10 years and calls it a ‘clear abuse’ if China or any other country interferes with Tibet’s process for recognizing its next Dalai Lama.
The package also decriminalizes unauthorized uses of Smokey Bear, gives tax breaks to racehorse owners and bans the U.S. Postal Service from handling e-cigarettes.
And here I am agreeing with AOC.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive New York Democrat, came out against the provision in a strongly worded Monday evening tweet.
‘This is why Congress needs time to actually read this package before voting on it. Members of Congress have not read this bill. It’s over 5000 pages, arrived at 2pm today, and we are told to expect a vote on it in 2 hours,’ Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, sharing The Hollywood Reporter’s story about the bill including language that would make illegal streaming a felony.
‘This isn’t governance. It’s hostage-taking,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.