Sen. Kennedy Objects to 'Spending Porn' in $2T Relief Bill

By Susan Jones | March 30, 2020 | 6:48am EDT
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) (Photo by JIM BOURG/AFP via Getty Images)
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) (Photo by JIM BOURG/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - John Kennedy, the folksy U.S. senator from Louisiana, says the $2-trillion relief package passed by Congress last week will help people, hospitals, and businesses.

And while Louisiana is "grateful for the help from the American taxpayer," people are also "very upset at the spending porn on pet projects," Kennedy told "Sunday Morning Futures."

Well, you know, life is hard, but it's harder when you're stupid. And there's an enormous amount of spending porn on pet projects that was put into this bill by some powerful members of Congress. They think the American people, I guess, are morons and won't notice, but they did.

It's why so many Americans think there's no intelligent life in Washington, D.C. It's why Congress polls right up there with robo-calls and sinkholes.

This is what many Americans heard members of Congress say: 'Oh, my God, we could run out of ventilators. Oh, my God, people could die. Quick, let's give money to the Kennedy Center and the post office.'

Now, that tells the American people that common sense is dead in Washington, D.C. It wasn't a Lincoln moment. Nonetheless, those of us who are fiscal conservatives, we swallowed it. We had to. We passed the bill. I think it's going to help the American people. But a pox on the House and houses of all of those members of Congress who took advantage of this disaster, this tragedy, to take care of their pet projects.

Host Maria Bartiromo asked Sen. Kennedy to "tell us what's in the bill that we are unaware of."

"Yes, there's all kind of porn in this bill," Kennedy responded:

There's a provision to speed up FDA review of sunscreen products. There's money in this bill for the National Endowment for the Arts, for the National Endowment for Humanities. There's money in this bill for housing. There's money in this bill for NASA. There's money in this bill for a $500,000 water project in Utah.

There's -- I mean, I made a list, Maria. There's money in here for the Smithsonian...I love the Smithsonian, but it's not a priority right now.

And let me say one more thing. The U.S. -- the Department of Treasury in Washington is holding $26 billion of uncashed savings bonds that belong to the American people. I tried to put a provision in to tell Treasury to give the names and addresses to the state treasurer, so they can start getting this money back to people when they really need it.

I was told, oh, it's not relevant to the bill. And then I pick up the bill and see stuff in here like sunscreen review at the FDA, money for housing, money for NASA. I mean, it's perverse.

Kennedy said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn't the only one with "left-of-Lenin, bridge-to-nowhere projects."

"Other people in powerful positions piled on," he said:

"And I don't like it. And it's not fair to the American people.

"Now look, I'm tight as a tick. I squeak when I walk, I'm so cheap with taxpayer money. But I said, look, this is necessary. I swallowed it and said, we're going to spend $2 trillion-plus because the American people need it.

"But when I pick up this bill, and see this kind of spending porn for people who are taking advantage of a catastrophe for the American people, it pisses me off."



 

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