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John Kennedy says he’s not interested in more of Pelosi’s ‘spending porn’ for coronavirus response

(USA Features) Sen. John Kennedy responded Wednesday to additional coronavirus relief legislation being pushed in the House, saying he’s not interested in approving any more “spending porn” offered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“I’m not interested in any more of Speaker’s Pelosi’s spending porn — or any other member of Congress for that matter,” Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, told the “Fox & Friends” morning show.

He noted further that the recently-passed $2.2 trillion virus relief spending packaged should be given a chance to work and that it was being leveraged along with additional government actions to support the economy and Americans tossed out of work or who are in danger of losing their jobs due to business closures.

“Unless you were throwing the Frisbee in the quad during Econ 101, deficits matter,” he said.

During the original debate over the recently-passed spending bill, Democrats pushed for more money and included funding for things not at all related to virus response.




They included approval and funding for the Green New Deal and other environmental legislation, support for unions, and collective bargaining.

Meanwhile, Louisiana — especially New Orleans — has emerged as one of the country’s coronavirus hotspots, with a 30-percent increase in infections over a 24-hour period.

Kennedy said he doesn’t want to criticize government officials during a time of crisis because they are all doing the best they can to mitigate the spread and impact.

Specifically, he noted that states were scrambling for medical equipment from the central government including ventilators.

“Ideally, it would be the preferred route to have one purchaser of the ventilators — the federal government. But I understand when governors [want] to be proactive, want to go out on their own,” he said.

“We’re using about 30% of our ventilators right now — it’s not like we’re out,” Kennedy said. “But we worry, like everyone else does, about running out.”

“I think we’ll beat this thing if everybody will respect what the scientists tell us,” he said.


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