Rand Paul Voices Grievances About Festivus: ‘Your Government Is Out Of Control’

Her. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Congress Schedules Session to Lift Potential Trump Vote | Miller Makes Unannounced Trip to Afghanistan The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Congress Approves Giant Funding Bill, Goes to Trump’s Desk Growing Number of Lawmakers Refuse Early Access to COVID-19 Vaccine MORE (R-Ky.) Criticized government spending in its annual Festivus complaint report, saying Washington is “out of control.”

Paul’s report, which is used to berate the government for what he believes is high spending on a litany of issues, rang the alarm on health care financing, foreign aid, and more, adding that the trend would reduce government debt. raise.

“It is more important than ever for Congress to find its fiscal backbone. Our debt poses a risk to the long-term solvency of major programs such as Social Security. And why? To pay for test tubes for COVID tests that turn out to be soda bottles? To see if hot tubbing relieves stress a few times a week? Or is the risk worth it so that we can literally lose drones over Afghanistan?!? All that, and more, can be found in this year’s edition of my Festivus report, which highlights $ 54,746,524,505.37 in totally wasted money, ”he wrote, citing funded government studies.

Paul specifically voiced his grievances about the recently adopted coronavirus relief and the government funding package that totaled $ 2.3 trillion. The Kentucky Republican, a long-term fiscal conservative, noted that the bill was submitted hours before the vote and included funding for projects in countries around the world, such as Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page bill that was written in secret, made public six hours before the vote, and read inside the body by NOT ONE person. Not. A. We will spend the whole week and probably try even longer to find out what was wrong, ”he tweeted.

The report is the sixth edition that Paul has released.

Paul has built a career in the Senate denouncing government spending and foreign intervention and has criticized the price tags of mandatory legislation. He last voted against the $ 2.3 trillion package to fight the coronavirus and fund the government until October this week.

Festivus was popularized in a 1997 “Seinfeld” episode that focused on the secular holiday.