It may seem like ages ago, but "Tiger King" premiered on Netflix this year, back in March, when the coronavirus was still a new phenomenon. But it's returned to headlines this week because Congress is considering a bill to ban breeding and private ownership of big cats, The Big Cat Public Safety Act, that was featured in the popular documentary. They're also voting on a bill to decriminalize marijuana.
But with the country still reeling economically from COVID, Congress should be voting on COVID relief. They've blocked Payment Protection Program funding 40 times since August.
Republicans are confused by the priorities of their counterparts, especially considering that Congress has until Dec. 11 to pass a bill to fund the government and avoid a shutdown.
Instead of addressing the health & economic crises our country is facing, Nancy Pelosi is bringing the House back into session to vote on legalizing marijuana & banning tiger kings? Millions will soon lose unemployment benefits & more small businesses will close without action.— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) December 1, 2020
Dem priorities:— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 30, 2020
?? Prosecute Tiger King
?Emergency COVID relief
?Help small businesses
?Reopen the economy
?Get kids back in school https://t.co/wU9enukZkP
This isn't the only time "Tiger King" has been a topic in Washington. A bold reporter asked President Trump a few months ago whether he'd consider pardoning the flamboyant star of the show, zookeeper "Joe Exotic." He was very confused.