Tom Cotton Condemns His Own Vote to Provide Stimulus Checks to Prisoners
United States Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Monday complained that incarcerated Americans would be receiving $1,400 stimulus checks under President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Recovery Plan, which he is expected to sign into law this week.
The problem is that in 2020, Cotton voted – twice – in favor of legislation that contained unambiguous language that authorized the federal government to send payments to people who are locked up.
“The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, was designed to help struggling Americans as their livelihoods were ravaged by the public health crisis. The legislation Congress passed authorized payments of up to $1,200 per person during the pandemic. The $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package, signed into law by President Donald Trump, did not exclude jail or prison inmates from receiving the aid,” USA Today wrote in October.
But on Monday’s edition of Fox & Friends, Cotton sang an entirely different tune.
“But look how crazy some of the Democratic ideas are. I mean, they had a chance on Saturday morning to stop checks from going to prisoners, from going to the Boston bomber for instance, and on that note, they declined. Every single Democrat wanted to continue the practice of sending checks to prisoners,” whined Cotton. “They had a chance to turn down money for sanctuary cities and sanctuary states. That was my opinion. Again, they turned it down. They had a chance to stop money from going to schools that are closed. They want to keep sending money to schools that are closed and not even teaching their kids in-person and turned it down. This just goes to show how radical their ideas are.”
Host Ainsley Earhardt chimed in to ask if it was true that Dylann Roof – who murdered nine Black worshipers at a Charleston, South Carolina church in 2015 – would be receiving a check.
“Every prisoner in the United States, if they have any tax forms filed, is eligible for a check under this bill,” Cotton confirmed of the American Recovery Plan. “The Democrats had a chance to stop that from happening on Saturday morning and they voted it down. I suspect you’ll be hearing more about that on the campaign trail.”
Et Tu, Senator?
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