Sen. Lindsey Graham defended the COVID relief bill’s $10 million for Pakistani gender programs. The 5,593-page bill includes both a $900 billion COVID relief package and a $1.4 omnibus spending agreement.
It also provides $25 million for Pakistan, including $10 million for gender programs and $15 million for democracy programs.
Graham appeared on Fox News and was asked if he was disappointed much of the items in the bill have nothing to do with the pandemic or for America.
“Yeah, I mean uh, so the bottom line is they wanted $3 trillion for the pandemic last year, we wound up with $900 billion,” Graham said. “You could’ve gotten this package in July, Mitch McConnell is right about that.”
Graham said Democrats quit talking to Republicans about relief prior to the election because Democrats believed a relief bill would help President Donald J. Trump.
“If you think this bill is bad, lose Georgia and see what happens,” Graham said.
Graham said Pakistan is a place he really worries about.
“Life is pretty tough, so we’re trying to make life better for women throughout the world,” Graham said.
American individuals will receive just $600 in assistance.