Kelly Votes Against Pelosi’s ‘Stimulus’ Bill Filled with Progressive Pet Projects

May 15, 2020 Issues: Economy and Jobs

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed the so-called Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, legislation billed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a coronavirus relief package. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) opposed the measure and released this statement after the vote:

"So far, the legislative response to the coronavirus has been largely bipartisan. At this stage, however, Speaker Pelosi has decided that political posturing is more important than helping Americans get through this pandemic and the economic devastation it has caused. The three trillion dollar so-called stimulus bill she introduced is little more than a progressive wish list of policies that will never become law. Democrats should come to the table and work with Republicans and President Trump on next steps instead of abusing this crisis to ram through their radical agenda."

Background

House Democrats are selling the HEROES Act as a coronavirus relief plan, but it includes many provisions and trillions of dollars in spending that have nothing to do with fighting COVID-19 or rebuilding the economy. The U.S. Senate majority and President Trump have signaled they oppose the bill, rendering this vote a waste of valuable time.

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