Congressman Rick W. Allen (GA-12) today released the following statement after voting against the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1319, Pelosi's Payoff to Progressives COVID "relief" legislation:
“This is not a COVID-19 ‘relief’ package; it’s a progressive spending bill that directs 91 percent of the nearly $2 trillion to unrelated Democrat priorities. It’s the most liberal piece of legislation Congress has ever sent to a President’s desk and does more to help Democrat special interests than the American people.
“This package is jammed with partisan policies like Blue State bailouts while leaving behind states like Georgia. As Governor Brian Kemp has pointed out, the Peach State will see $1.3 billion less than previous formulas, like the CARES Act, would have allocated.
“Unlike all of the previous coronavirus relief packages that shared bipartisan support, Democrats rejected any Republican input and passed the bill along party lines. They wouldn’t even consider including common-sense amendments like reopening schools nationwide or preventing funds from being spent until majority of the remaining $1 trillion from previous packages is spent. ‘Relief’ shouldn’t come at the price tag of hundreds of billions of dollars of unrelated, wasteful Washington spending.”
Congressman Allen spoke in opposition to the bill on the House floor on February 26th, when the House first passed the bill. It then went to the Senate for consideration under the budget reconciliation process, where the package was amended and passed with a simple majority. Today the House passed the final version. It will now be sent to President Biden’s desk.
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