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Politics Biden's Stimulus Bill Is 'Left of Lenin,' Filled With 'Spending Porn,' Says Senator John Kennedy

03:03  25 february  2021
03:03  25 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Sen . John Kennedy R-LA., blasted President Joe Biden ’ s proposed .9 trillion COVID relief bill Wednesday, calling it "chock-full of spending porn " unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic. "This isn’t a coronavirus bill ," Kennedy said on "America’s Newsroom." "This is a left - of - Lenin , neo-socialist wish list." Kennedy asserted that the Biden administration’s "infantile" approach to spending money is likely to continue after passing the coronavirus bill , with the introduction of a trillion green energy bill .

John Kennedy blasted the “ spending porn ” contained in the recently passed coronavirus relief bill . Appearing Sunday on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo,” Kennedy acknowledged the necessity of passing the bill in order to “get money directly” to people, hospitals and businesses in need, but said many of his constituents “are very upset at the spending porn on pet projects that was slipped into the bill .”

Republican Louisiana Senator John Kennedy has called Democratic President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill "left of Lenin" and "full of spending porn."

John Kennedy wearing a suit and tie: Republican Louisiana Senator John Kennedy has criticized Democratic President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, stating, © Samuel Corum/Getty Republican Louisiana Senator John Kennedy has criticized Democratic President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, stating, "This is not a coronavirus bill. This, this is a left of Lenin, neo-socialist wish list. I mean it's just it is it is chock full of spending porn." In this October 15, 2020 photo, Kennedy makes a statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the fourth day of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill.

Kennedy made his comments Wednesday on the Fox News program America's Newsroom. The show's co-host Dana Perino asked his criticisms of the bill, noting that Kennedy always has "a way with words."

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John Kennedy , R-La., said . Speaking on "Sunday Morning Futures," Kennedy railed against what he called "all kinds of porn " that "some powerful members of Congress" included in the bill . He said those lawmakers "think the American people are morons and won't notice, but they did." Kennedy later said the coronavirus pandemic underscored the importance of securing America' s medical supply chain and ramping up production of life-saving medicines to end the country' s long-time reliance on the Chinese government. "Sometimes, the cheapest is not in your national interest, and right.

President Joe Biden ' s .9 trillion coronavirus relief plan proposes a third round of stimulus checks of ,400 for most Americans. Yet while that could extend a helping hand to millions of households still suffering from the pandemic's economic fallout, it could be weeks until the payments arrive, analysts say . The price tag for the relief package, called the American Rescue Plan, faces pushback from some Republican lawmakers, who last year resisted Democratic efforts to pass a trillion bill .

"This is not a coronavirus bill," Kennedy began. "This is a left of Lenin, neo-socialist wish list. I mean it's just ... it is chock full of spending porn."

Vladimir Lenin was a Soviet Union premier who supported Marxism and communism. Marxism and communism advocate for a society in which all property is publicly-owned, distributed by the government and each person works and receives pay according to their abilities and needs.

"The profligacy is mind-numbing," Kennedy continued. "The motto of the Biden Administration seems to be 'We can't spend too much.'" He later called the bill's approach the economy "infantile" and added, "The people advising President Biden have an opium habit."

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The scope of Biden ' s stimulus plan would require more committees than usual to get involved in a process normally dominated by the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate finance committee. Joe Biden rounded on his predecessor’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic, saying “it was even more dire than we thought”. In his first major interview since becoming president, Mr Biden told CBS news anchor, Norah O’Donnell, the country faced a challenge to reach herd immunity before the end of the summer.

The Biden stimulus is unsound economic policy. High unemployment isn’t the result of too little money in American pockets; it’ s because of the pandemic. Sending out checks won’t get consumers back into restaurants, bars, salons, malls, hotels or airplanes. Near-record levels of savings are evidence that consumers are able to spend . The bill is also filled with bad policies and sloppy math. It calls for 0 billion for states and localities. If you live in New York, you might think that sounds about right because the pandemic severely exacerbated your state’ s existing financial woes.

Newsweek has contacted Kennedy for comment.

Specifically, Kennedy criticized the bill's funds for transit projects, bridges and the preservation of Native American languages in COVID-19 response resources. He also criticized that the bill because its proposed $1,400 stimulus checks and unemployment healthcare benefits may help undocumented immigrants.

Kennedy noted that the bill provides $130 billion for reopening schools without requiring schools to reinstate in-person learning. He alleged that schools had only spent $4 billion of the $110 billion in funds provided in the 2020 stimulus package signed by former President Donald Trump.

Kennedy's comments echo a few of the criticisms listed in a three-page memo released by Congressional Republicans against Biden's bill on Monday.

Democrats have touted Biden's $1.9 trillion package as necessary to revive the national economy hurt by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Republicans, however, have generally opposed the package as too costly.

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For example, Biden said in a February 5 interview with CBS Evening News anchor Norah O'Donnell, "I probably spent more time with Xi Jinping, I'm told, than any world leader has because I had 24, 25 hours of private meetings with him when I was vice president. Biden said at the State Department on February 4: "I've been with some of you when we've been shot at." Facts First : What counts as being "shot at" is subjective, but there is enough evidence for Biden ' s vague claim that we say it is somewhat accurate at minimum.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have already named their coronavirus task force, promised to significantly increase testing and plan to use the Defense Production Act to make more protective equipment for frontline workers. Still, it may be difficult to get a divided Congress to agree to another stimulus package as they have been unable to pass anything for months. It is possible that Democrats could take control of the Senate when Georgia hosts a runoff election for two seats in January, potentially making it easier to pass a bill .

Republicans have also criticized congressional Democrats as "partisan" for preparing to pass the bill without any Republican support through the budget reconciliation process.

Biden has challenged conservative critics of the bill to specify what they'd like removed from his proposal.

"Critics say my plan is too big. That it costs $1.9 trillion. They say that's too much," Biden said last Friday during his visit to a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. "Let me ask them: what would they have me cut? What would they have me leave out?"

On February 1, Republicans offered their own $618 billion economic stimulus bill. It differed from Biden's proposal by removing its $15 minimum wage hike as well as lowering benefits for unemployment insurance, food assistance programs, small business loans and reopening schools.

In response, Biden said he would "not settle" on his pandemic relief bill.

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All Senate Republicans voted against even starting debate on the $1.9 trillion measure on Thursday.The legislation, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, which the Senate started debating Thursday, is getting a partisan reception in Congress. Democrats want it passed soon, but little to no Republican members of Congress have so far voiced support.

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