Federal covid relief bill was too convoluted

The Dec. 22 Herald featured three articles about the covid-19 relief bill.

Here are some things I’d like to point out that came from the New York Times:

“Members of Congress have not read this bill. It’s over 5,000 pages, arrived at 2pm today, and we are told to expect a vote on it in two hours,” U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, tweeted on Monday. “This isn’t governance. It’s hostage-taking.”

“One provision requires the CIA to report back to Congress on the activities of Eastern European oligarchs tied to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.”

“It authorizes 93 acres of federal lands to be used for the construction of the Teddy Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota.”

“The bill increased military spending by about $5 billion.”

“What you see at the end of every Congress is a clearing of the decks,” said Josh Huder, a senior fellow at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. “It’s all the stuff we wanted to pass but couldn’t.”

What a way to run a country, huh? Want something but can’t get it passed? Stuff it into some other bill and force a vote without giving anyone the time to read it. Talk about holding people hostages! Why do we put up with this?

Please write to your governmental representatives and complain.

Lane Gustafson

Arlington

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