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Sen. John Kennedy Addresses Actions of Sen. Chuck Schumer: ‘Nature Abhors a Moron’

CNSNews.com Staff | December 22, 2021 | 3:28pm EST
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(Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
(Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - In a Senate floor debate on Sept. 27, Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana addressed the efforts of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who was trying to make the Senate lift the debt ceiling at that time, by saying: ‘Nature abhors a moron.”

“Senator [Mitch] McConnell's legislation does everything except one thing, one thing: increasing the debt ceiling that Senator Schumer can do in a matter of days on his own,” said Kennedy.

“Why are we fighting over this? You know, nature abhors a moron,” he said.

“It is moronic for us to be having this fight when it can be so easily solved,” Kennedy continued.

Everything in Senator McConnell's legislation can easily pass this body with 70 votes, and we know it,” he said. “And then Senator Schumer can come right behind by simply amending the budget resolution, and our problems are solved.

“Nature abhors a moron,” said Kennedy. “Let's don't be moronic.”

Here is the complete transcript of Kennedy’s floor speech:

Sen. John Kennedy: “Madam President, I rise in support of Senator McConnell's legislation.

“On August 27, 2020, just 13 months ago, Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana. Forty-five days later, Hurricane Delta hit Louisiana. Nineteen days after that, Hurricane Zeta hit Louisiana. We got a little bit of a break. Four months after that, we were part of the historic winter storm, about which we have all read. And then 3 months after that, we had a historic rainfall event in Louisiana, up to 12 inches, unrelated to a hurricane. Three months after that, Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana. And 2 weeks later, Hurricane Nicholas hit Louisiana.

“Every one of these storms was over 100 miles per hour sustained winds. The wind for Hurricane Ida was clocked at its highest at 185 miles per hour. If you add up all the damages, it is about $150 billion in 13 months.

“Now, other States were impacted by these storms, but Louisiana took it full in the face. This was as brutal a blow as nature has inflicted on an American State in modern history. We will be coughing up bones for years, and this legislation is going to help us recover.

“In fact, this legislation does every single thing that my colleagues Senator Cassidy and Senator McConnell talked about that my Democratic friends want to do, everything: keeps government open, maintains flood insurance, gives disaster relief not just to Louisiana but to my friends in the Northeast part of our country, to my friends on the west coast. It does help my State, Southwest, Southeast, North Louisiana, but we are not the only ones.

“Senator McConnell's legislation does everything except one thing, one thing: increasing the debt ceiling that Senator Schumer can do in a matter of days on his own.

“Why are we fighting over this? You know, nature abhors a moron. It is moronic for us to be having this fight when it can be so easily solved.

“Everything in Senator McConnell's legislation can easily pass this body with 70 votes, and we know it. And then Senator Schumer can come right behind by simply amending the budget resolution, and our problems are solved. Nature abhors a moron. Let's don't be moronic.

“I yield back to Senator McConnell.”

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