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Opinion | Oh Marsha, why do you have to try and make things more complicated | Richard Ransom

Local 24 News Anchor Richard Ransom discusses in his Ransom Note about Marsha Blackburn voting against the Stimulus Relief Package.

MEMPHIS, Tenn — In tonight’s Ransom Note: Marsha, Marsha, Marsha. 

Only six US Senators voted against the 900 billion dollar stimulus package that took forever to get through Congress. 

And one of the six? Tennessee’s own Marsha Blackburn. 

We’ve tried getting answers from the senator directly, but the best we’re going to get is her Twitter feed. 

She cited: 

  • unconscionable spending 
  • billions for New York public transport 
  • endless lawsuits for businesses
  • grants for prisoners
  • illegal immigration benefits 
  • energy market interference 
  • and liberal, agenda-driven foreign aid 

The fact is many of her objections were not to the COVID Relief Bill, but an omnibus spending bill that was attached to it. 

The reality is a vast majority of the aid would go to hard working families, rent relief to those facing eviction, and small businesses in desperate need for loans to survive. 

This was a classic compromise bill which, by definition, means it’s not perfect. 

And the perfect should not be the enemy of the good. 

To suddenly worry about spending when as a senator, even before COVID, she was part of the worst deficit spending in history, is a little much especially when the current president won’t sign the bill because he wants even more spending. 

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