Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Congress plans session to overturn potential Trump veto | Miller takes an unannounced trip to Afghanistan The Hill’s 12:30 report: Congress approves massive funding bill, heads to Trump’s desk Increasing number of lawmakers refuses early access to the COVID-19 vaccine (R-Ky.) He protested government spending in his annual report of complaints from Festivus, saying that Washington is “out of control”.
Paul’s report, which is used to rebuke the government for what it says are high spending on a litany of issues, sounded the alarm over health financing, foreign aid and more, adding that the trend would cause national debt to skyrocket.
“It is more important than ever for Congress to find its fiscal backbone. Our debt puts the long-term solvency of large programs like Social Security at risk. It’s because? To pay for test tubes for COVID tests that turned out to be soda bottles? To see if the hydromassage bath a few times a week relieves stress? Or is the risk worth it so that we can literally lose drones in Afghanistan?!? You will find all of this and more in this year’s edition of my Festivus Report, highlighting $ 54,746,524,505.37 of totally wasted money, ”he wrote, citing government studies that were funded.
Paul specifically voiced his complaints about the recently approved $ 2.3 trillion government aid and coronavirus aid package. The Kentucky Republican, a longtime fiscal conservative, noted that the bill was presented hours before a vote and included funding for projects in countries like Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
“Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page bill that was written in secret, put out in public 6 hours before the vote and read by ANY person in the body. No. 1. We are going to spend the whole week and probably more trying to figure out everything that’s wrong with that, ”he tweeted.
Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page bill that was written in secret, put out in public 6 hours before the vote and read by ANYONE in the body. No. 1. We are going to spend the whole week and probably more time trying to figure out everything that is wrong with him. But we already have some …
– Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2020
The report is the sixth edition that Paul released.
Paul built a career in the Senate protesting government spending and foreign intervention and criticized the prices of mandatory legislation. He most recently voted this week against the $ 2.3 trillion package to fight the coronavirus and fund the government until October.
Festivus was popularized in an episode of “Seinfeld” in 1997 with a focus on the secular holiday.