- THE EPOCH TIMES - Fev 27, 2021 -
Ahead of a late-night vote that saw the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package adopted, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) criticized the bill for its bevy of non-COVID-19-related spending, alleging it caters to “special interest allies” and proclaiming that “the swamp is back.”
“I’m about to say something that the American people don’t want to hear—the swamp is back,” McCarthy said on the House floor late Friday.
In shaping the bill, he accused Democrats of siding with their special interest allies and ignoring the “real needs of the American people.”
“The amount of money that actually goes to defeating the virus is less than nine percent,” McCarthy said, alleging that Democrats were “so embarrassed by all the non-COVID waste in this bill that they are jamming it through in the dead of night.”
The bill was passed around 2 a.m. ET by a vote of 219–212, with all Republicans voting against it. Two Democrats, Reps. Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), cast votes in opposition to the bill. Democrats control the chamber by a narrow margin of 221–211.
The bill now moves to the Senate for another vote, where under a budget reconciliation process, it will be able to move forward by a simple majority vote, instead of needing to meet a 60-vote threshold to break any filibuster in the evenly split Senate. This means that if Democrats vote unanimously, they will not need votes from any Republicans in the Senate for the bill to pass.