“Well, I’m happy that there will be the unemployment insurance,” Slaughter said. “But there’s not a whole lot in that bill to make me rejoice, I must say. I did not vote for it. I voted against it because I think in America, where we have such debt, so many unemployed, to spend $25 billion on 6,600 families is an atrocity, and we should be ashamed.”
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, which largely opposed the deal, said late Thursday night that the House had “done some severe damage” by passing the bill.
“This was not a fair deal,” Lee said. “I’m deeply concerned about who’s going to pay for this. We’re talking about a $900 billion, almost a $1 trillion hit on our Federal Treasury and the deficit. You know who’s going to pay. It’s going to be low-income communities, the poor, the working poor, communities of color.”
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