Louisiana Republican: People upset at 'spending porn on pet projects' in latest stimulus bill

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) said Sunday that “a lot” of people are “very upset at the spending porn on pet projects that was slipped into” the third stimulus bill, which President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE signed into law late last week.

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“There's an enormous amount of spending porn on pet projects that was put into this bill by some powerful members of Congress,” Kennedy said. “They think the American people, I guess, are morons and won't notice, but they did.”

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He specifically condemned lawmakers who pushed for funding for "the Kennedy Center and the post office" in the coronavirus stimulus package. 

“Nonetheless, those of us who are fiscal conservatives, we swallowed it,” he said. “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,” he added. 

Kennedy also said that he is confident the third stimulus bill will help by giving money to people, hospitals and businesses. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day MORE (R-Ky.) criticized the Democrats for their demands in the third stimulus bill, saying it resulted in delays in negotiations amid the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats, meanwhile, said they were displeased with its lack of funding for paid leave and worker-safety protections. 

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