Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) announced her opposition to HR 6800, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion spending bill. The 1,800-page bill, which includes many politicized items not related to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to be considered on the House floor today.
“The CARES Act we passed in March created necessary, temporary programs to ensure Americans kept their paychecks, businesses stayed afloat, coronavirus testing was expanded, and hospitals and healthcare providers had the resources to help those in need. It was not perfect, but it represented a deliberate, bipartisan approach. The money authorized by the CARES Act is still available with many of these programs proving effective for American workers. As we move forward in responding to this global pandemic, we need to be thoughtful and deliberate in ensuring that our taxpayer dollars are being spent judiciously and with purpose. Speaker Pelosi’s partisan, wasteful $3 trillion bill does not come close to meeting any of those parameters and will earn my ‘no’ vote,” Hartzler said.
Some of the most onerous provisions within HR 6800 include:
Paying more money for people to not work than to work through January 21, 2021 by giving an additional $600 per week on top of current unemployment benefits causing many people to make more money remaining unemployed than working.
Giving illegal immigrants $1,200 in direct stimulus checks.
Decimating honest elections by mandating nationwide mail-in ballots, ballot harvesting, and same day registration while prohibiting voter ID and other current state requirements.
Allowing taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood clinics and abortion coverage in certain insurance policies.
Redistributing $915 billion in taxpayer dollars to bail out states like New York and California, whose governors have made little effort to reopen their state economies.
Funding programs not related to COVID-19 such as the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and EPA’s ‘environmental justice grants’.
Providing get-out-of-jail free cards for certain prisoners.
“During this pandemic Congress should be focused on getting people back to work and keeping them safe, not using this pandemic as an excuse to advance socialist ideas and spend tax dollars like monopoly money. The over three trillion dollars of relief in previous legislation is still being sent out. States are beginning to reopen, and people are starting to get back to work. We need to assess the impacts of these programs and determine gaps that still need to be filled, not rubber stamp this Pelosi boondoggle that has no input from other members of Congress. This trillion-dollar bill wastes taxpayers’ money, disincentivizes work, and rewards illegal behavior,” Hartzler said.
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