02/26/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/27/2021 01:26
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement after voting against the Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The legislation passed 219 to 212.
'Over the past year, Congress has passed several COVID-19 relief packages with support from both parties because it's not just Republicans or Democrats struggling - all Americans have been impacted. In total, we have already passed nearly $4 trillion in spending to help Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I have heard from countless small businesses, restaurant owners, parents whose kids are still not able to return to school, doctors and nurses, first responders - they do need more help. And I support additional resources to help them. But the $1.9 trillion plan the House passed is bloated full of non-COVID related measures, like money for bridges and railways in California and New York. Most of the money won't even be spent until after the pandemic is over. That makes no sense. I hope the Senate is able to adopt a number of legislative amendments that were denied from being offered in the House to address the non-COVID spending issues in this bill.
We need a targeted, bipartisan relief package that helps the Americans struggling most without just throwing more money at the problem. This legislation can be improved and we can do more to help the American people by working together.'