'Did you read it?' Twitter blasts Senate for passing coronavirus bill 2 hours after final draft
Full text of final bill not available to public ahead of vote on any official U.S. Senate websites, committee webpages
March 26, 2020 - 1:07pm
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The GOP-led Senate passed the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history late Wednesday evening just a few hours after the full text was released to media and not posted publicly.
The full text of the final bill, known as the The CARES Act, was not available for review ahead of the vote on any official U.S. Senate websites – including the senate majority leader's site or committee webpages.
The final 883-page bill was reportedly sent to senators' offices at about 10 p.m. Less than two hours later, the Senate approved the legislation, which has become the largest economic stimulus bill in U.S. history.
“The Senate just pivoted from one of the most divided periods in recent memory to passing the largest rescue package in American history,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted after the vote. “And we passed it unanimously.”
Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) criticized the Senate shortly before the formal vote took place.
"The Senate will soon vote on a $2+ trillion bill that hasn’t been made available to the public," he tweeted.
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) told Just the News on Wednesday that the public should see the full bill before the Senate vote.
"Absolutely. It absolutely needs to -- people need to see what's in it. I'm dying to see what's in it so is my team so that we can do a deep dive," she said on a conference call with reporters.
Social media users wondered whether senators had read the full bill before the vote took place.
"The bill the Senate passed is around 880 pages. I'm curious, has anyone actually read it on here?" a Twitter user wrote.
"So are you saying no one in Congress actually read the final 880 page bill?" asked another user.
"Did you read the bill?" a different user wrote.
Another user tweeted at McConnell and asked, "Did you read it? It still stinks! 800+ pages, stuffed with unnecessary pork & $2 TRILLION!"
President Trump on Twitter applauded the bill's passage, but some voters urged him not to sign the legislation if it passes the House.
"Please read the bill! It’s a pork filled bill with Democrats slush fund. It will hurt your base! Don’t sign it!" a Twitter user wrote.
"I hope Pres. Trump vetoes & reads it to the people so they know why," wrote another.
The Senate is now on recess until April 20.
The full text of the bill can be read here.