Republican Lawmaker Who Voted To Give Trillions To The Wealthy And Wall Street Said “There’s Not Enough” Money To Help Everyone Else

Republicans don't give a damn about the American people.

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Senate Republicans had no problem finding money for Wall Street and the wealthy, but Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that there’s not enough money to help everyone else who is even more negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has cratered the economy as the unemployment rate stands at 11 percent and could climb higher in the months ahead. Tens of millions of Americans are out of work and small businesses are struggling to survive along with the people they employ.

House Democrats have passed a package to rescue Americans financially with another round of stimulus.


But Alexander, who voted for Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy and the trillions of dollars that have already been doled out to Wall Street in the first stimulus package, told Meet The Press that there’s “not enough money” to help everyone else.

“There’s not enough money to help everybody hurt when you shut down the government,” Alexander said. “We have to reopen the economy, we have to do it carefully, we have to let people go back to work and earn a living. And I don’t see us being able to appropriate much more money to help provide a counter to that.”

When pressed on helping small businesses, Alexander avoided any mention of financial aid and focused on testing and vaccines.

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The idea that there’s enough money for war and to give to billionaires and corporations, but not enough for help ordinary Americans who are truly struggling and actually need financial relief right now is outrageous. So outrageous, in fact, that economics expert Stephanie Kelton called Alexander out.

As did the Working Families Party:

Congress could approve a massive financial rescue of the American people today and it would work wonders for the economy and help people at the same time. But Republicans are greedy and only care about fleecing taxpayers to give money to wealthy people and corporations that don’t really need it. It tells us everything we need to know about the GOP. Only rich people matter in their eyes.

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons/Office of Senator Lamar Alexander

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