House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is at it again, presenting a bill disguised as a coronavirus relief measure but in reality includes everything on her liberal wish list.
"She's bringing us all back for a vote that will go nowhere," House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said at his Friday press conference on Capitol Hill.
Pelosi's HEROES Act is light on coronavirus resources and heavy on liberal agenda items. It adds funding for Planned Parenthood and for illegal immigrants, and it talks about releasing criminals from prison. Leader McCarthy added a few more irrelevant items.
"It mentions 'cannabis' more than 'job,' aims to change election laws, suspends the cap on SALT tax deductions - a policy change that would directly benefit millionaires and billionaires - provides millions of more dollars for an endowment for the arts and humanities," Leader McCarthy explained.
It has "nothing to do with COVID-19."
Leader McCarthy sounded off on Pelosi's proxy voting process too, in which she's letting 20 people decide the fate of the measure "because they can all hold 10 proxies and pass whatever they want."
Today, the House is voting on the HEROES Act, which is more about politics than coronavirus. Speaker Pelosi is not allowing Members of Congress – elected to represent our districts – to debate, amend, or have any input into this $3 trillion bill. This is a disgrace.— RepScottPerry (@RepScottPerry) May 15, 2020
"She will try to change 200 years on history on how Congress performs," the GOP leader said, later adding, "the founders would be ashamed of today."
Considering Congress has already passed trillions of dollars for their coronavirus relief effort in the form of the CARES Act, funds that are still being implemented, Leader McCarthy concluded that Pelosi’s stunt is nothing more than a “diversion.”
“It will not help the country itself,” he said.
"Even her own members call it a political vote that will not become law," Leader McCarthy added.
It's true. Democrats are beginning to distance themselves from the speaker's measure.
I am voting no on the rule. We have a healthcare crisis yet no expansion of Medicaid or Medicare. FDR didn’t talk about employer retirement accounts. LBJ didn’t talk about voting rights in some precincts. They would have scoffed at Cobra to private companies. Need bold leadership— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) May 15, 2020
"It's a very sad day inside this House," Leader McCarthy said.
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