02/27/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/27/2021 01:32
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) tonight opposed the Democrats' partisan COVID-19 package. The $1.9 trillion package was purposely designed to pass through budget reconciliation without Republican input. The package received bipartisan opposition. The reconciliation process allows easier passage in the narrowly divided Senate next, requiring only a majority vote.
Congressman LaHood has previously supported five COVID-19 relief packages that were negotiated in a bipartisan manner since the outbreak of the pandemic. Following the vote, Rep. LaHood released this statement:
'Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic and state-mandated closures have wreaked havoc throughout Illinois. In five separate bills, which I supported, Congress acted swiftly and in a bipartisan manner to deliver targeted relief to workers, small businesses, the health care community, schools, and the unemployed. To date, Congress has authorized nearly $4 trillion in relief spending, of which $1 trillion remains unspent.
'Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic must be bipartisan. President Biden and Democrats in Congress specifically designed the 'American Rescue Plan' package to circumvent any Republican input or changes. It's deeply disappointing that President Biden abandoned his commitment to finding common ground with Republicans in his first major legislative initiative.
'There are some good things in this package; however, over $1 trillion of included spending is directed towards items and programs that have more to do with the Democrats' liberal agenda and wish list than COVID-19 relief. Separate from a COVID-19 relief bill, some of these items may merit consideration and even support. But with a soaring national debt nearing $30 trillion, we can't continue to blindly throw money at programs unrelated to the current emergency without thoughtful oversight and debate. I remain committed to finding bipartisan solutions to addressing this pandemic and helping Illinois, as we have done five separate times already.
'As I have said since the outset of this pandemic, COVID-19 relief legislation should be temporary, targeted, bipartisan, and directly tied to COVID-19. Democrats' failed in all four categories with this package.'
The Democrats' Plan: