Sen. Rand Paul railed against the stimulus package and the lawmakers who planned to vote for it in a speech that has gone viral.
“To so-called conservatives who are quick to identify the socialism of Democrats: If you vote for this spending monstrosity, you are no better,” Paul said Monday on the Senate floor.
“If free money were the answer, if money really grew 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? Maybe these new Free-Money Republicans should join the Everybody-Gets-A-Guaranteed-Income Caucus? Why not $20,000 a year for everybody? Why not $30,000? If we can print out money with impunity, why not do it?”
Paul’s comments came ahead of lawmakers voting on the 5,600-page stimulus and government funding package. It ultimately passed both chambers and was sent to President Trump.
“We can’t keep pretending that more debt is a sustainable policy course. Leadership is not passing on the problem to someone who can’t protest. Leadership is making the hard choices now. This is what we have to do. I will oppose this new debt, and I will continue to sound the alarm until we change our course. Our country can be saved. We can survive this if we pull together, but adding more debt is a mistake. It is not the solution,” Paul said.
He also addressed the lockdowns of restaurants during the speech, characterizing the rules surrounding the food industry as arbitrary.
“Restaurants have to close their doors for indoor dining, but then, they are told they can open at limited capacity — but then, they are told they have to close again. Then, they are told they can open outside, and then, they’re told they can’t open outside. Confusing doesn’t even explain the half of it. Bars are told that they can only serve alcohol if people are sitting and not standing and only they have heavy foods on their menus,” he said.
Earlier on Monday, Paul was among the chorus of lawmakers who decried that the massive bill was given to them only hours before the vote, not allowing enough time to be read thoroughly.
Deficit busting bill will be 5,593 pages!
If 250 words per page, then that’s 1,398,250 words
If Congresspeople read at the American average of 300 words/min (a big assumption)
then a Congressperson might read this in 4,660 minutes or 77.68 hours!
(if no rest breaks)
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul)
December 21, 2020