Lawmakers bragging about $600 stimulus checks in $900B COVID package should be ashamed

Lawmakers bragging about $600 stimulus checks in $900B COVID package should be ashamed
Senate leaders Schumer and McConnell share a rare moment of togetherness at a University of Louisville event in 2018. News 6 video, YouTube

Congressional leaders late Sunday evening announced that they had agreed to a $900 billion COVID relief package that will include $600 stimulus checks to most Americans.

Key Senate members touted the agreement – which took several months to become reality – as if they were the blanking cavalry charging in on their noble steeds to rescue hapless countrymen in distress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared, “As the American people continue battling the coronavirus this holiday season, they will not be on their own. Congress has just reached an agreement.” (RELATED: Flashback: Mitch McConnell received thousands in donations from Dominion lobbyists)

“After weeks of intense negotiation, we’ve reached an agreement on an emergency #COVIDrelief package,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also hailed. “It will deliver emergency relief to a nation in the throes of a genuine emergency.”

So what kind of “emergency “relief did Congress fashion during its months of “intense negotiation” while whole industries crumbled and families went hungry? One that delivers a paltry $600 relief check per person. As one Twitter user noted, “$600 x 340,000,000 people (every man, woman, and child in America) = $204 billion. The deal is about $900 billion. Where’s the treat?”

Perhaps the biggest hypocrite in Congress is Nancy Pelosi, who in 2018 pooh-poohed $1,000-plus bonuses handed out by businesses sharing the wealth following Donald Trump’s tax cuts. Her reaction to the $600 stimulus checks? “Significant.”

But hey, cheer up. You’re going to get a nice fat $600 check after the holidays. A check drawn on taxpayer money. Your own money.

Is it any wonder at all that Congress’s approval rating constantly hovers somewhere between traffic jams and dysentery?

Cross posted in modified form at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.

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