After a long period of deadlock and internal strife, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives finally passed a series of spending bills, including the $900 billion relief bill, on December 21, but US President Trump refused to sign it.
According to American media reports, the relevant bill has more than 5,500 pages, but it only takes a few hours to read. The passage process of the bill is very hasty. The lengthy bill is accused of carrying private goods.
On the afternoon of the 21st local time, Republican Senator Mike Lee got as many as 5,593 pages of the bill about four hours before the voting began.
Democratic Rep. Cortez said that she only got the text of the bill two hours in advance, and it was impossible to comment at all.
Some scholars in the United States have long pointed out that these lengthy texts of bills are not for legislators. It is easy to “bring private goods”. Some American netizens noticed that in the bill passed on the 21st, it “bringed” a lot of private goods, rather than focusing on the people’s livelihood of the United States itself.
For example, 500 million US dollars in military assistance to Israel, 2 billion US dollars to the space army, and 33 million US dollars to support Venezuela’s so-called “democracy projects” and so on.
Politico reported that in 2001, the U.S. Congress passed the Patriot Act in a few days after the September 11 attacks, and several years later, lawmakers are still learning about its content.