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Ted Cruz Says He Agrees With Ocasio-Cortez, Argues COVID-19 Relief Package Was Rushed

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Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found rare common ground Monday after both lawmakers criticized the near $2.5 trillion spending bill that Congress passed.

“.@AOC is right,” Cruz tweeted. “It’s ABSURD to have a $2.5 trillion spending bill negotiated in secret and then–hours later– demand an up-or-down vote on a bill nobody has had time to read. #CongressIsBroken”

Ocasio-Cortez had tweeted earlier in the evening that Congress didn’t have enough time to read the legislative text of the massive spending bill.

Ocasio-Cortez likened the speedy vote on the bill to “hostage-taking.”

The spending bill includes $900 billion in COVID-19 relief, but lawmakers were only given roughly six hours to read the nearly 6,000-page bill, according to Fox News.

Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez weren’t the only two lawmakers upset with the seemingly rushed process. Republican Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs said “Americans lose” because “no one will be able to read it all in its entirety.”

Republican South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman also criticized the speedy process. (RELATED: Josh Hawley, Bernie Sanders Team Up, Pressure Congress For Direct Stimulus Checks)

The spending bill, which includes a $1.4 trillion government spending bill, passed the Senate by a margin of 92-6, according to NBC News.

Cruz, Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson voted against the package, according to Fox.

The bill includes $600 stimulus checks, $300 weekly unemployment checks for 14 weeks and approximately $280 billion for small businesses. The stimulus package also includes $69 billion for states’ coronavirus vaccination, testing, tracing and prevention efforts.