UPDATED 11:15 AM PT – Friday, March 12, 2021
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) condemned the recently passed stimulus package. He took to Twitter Friday and claimed “every dollar of the Democrats’ $2 trillion bill is borrowed from China or somewhere else.”
Every dollar of the Democrats $2 trillion bill is borrowed from China or somewhere else. We aren’t in the same spot we were in a year ago—we should only borrow what absolutely needs to be spent.
I know this bill could’ve been better because I’ve seen us do it 5 times before. pic.twitter.com/IiKrWLNESE
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) March 12, 2021
He noted the economy is beginning to recover and that there is less need for a big spending bill. Lankford also claimed the stimulus package could have been better if Republicans had more say on the legislation.
“I’ve had some people ask questions of: Could this bill have been better if we’d actually done it in a bipartisan way?’ It could have been significantly better,” Lankford stated. “If you ask how I know that, it’s because I saw the five bills we did last year. And they didn’t have problems like this in [them] last year because we worked it out together.”
Lankford’s comments came as the House passed the coronavirus relief package along party lines on Wednesday and Joe Biden later signed the bill into law Thursday afternoon.