WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) assailed the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that was recently approved by Congress and was signed into law earlier Thursday, March 11, by President Joe Biden.
“Safe and effective vaccines have given Americans renewed hope that we can soon end the pandemic, rebuild our economy, and get our lives back to normal. But instead of working with Republicans on bipartisan solutions, Democrats exploited the crisis to check off items on their progressive wish-list.
“The fact is Speaker Pelosi’s $1.9 trillion spending bill – with less than 9 percent going to fight coronavirus – isn’t emergency COVID relief at all. More than a third of the new funding won’t even be spent this fiscal year because $1 trillion in existing relief still hasn’t been used.
“This partisan legislation will force Hoosier taxpayers to bail out states like California and fund elective abortions. But it won’t do what our country needs right now: defeat coronavirus, get Americans back to work, and help small businesses recover.”
H.R. 1319 would add $1.9 trillion in spending, even as more than $1 trillion in existing COVID relief funding remains unspent. Congresswoman Walorski last month co-sponsored a resolution requesting information from the Biden administration about funding from previous relief measures that has not been used.
Despite claims the massive reconciliation bill is needed as an emergency COVID relief measure, more than one-third of the funding would not be spent until fiscal year 2022 or later, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The legislation includes a $350 billion bailout for state and local governments, while less than 9 percent of the $1.9 trillion would go to public health efforts to combat coronavirus.
The House passed H.R. 1319 by a vote of 220 to 211.
Biden signed the bill Thursday afternoon.