This bold package reflects the priorities of House Democrats by providing additional economic stimulus to working people across the country, rewarding essential workers with hazard pay, extending unemployment benefits, helping state & local governments deal with shortfalls from the pandemic, and reforming elections to ensure they can be held safely in the future. At a minimum, it demonstrates Democrats’ priorities and will give them leverage for including them in a future coronavirus relief package that becomes law.
By considering this bill, House Democrats have wasted valuable floor time on a $3 trillion partisan wish list that has no chance of becoming law instead of working to draft something in a bipartisan fashion. Things like permanent federal election reforms, marijuana industry diversity studies, and tax cuts for the wealthy in high-tax states have no business being included in a pandemic recovery package. It’s an insult to the millions of Americans put out of work by the pandemic to send recovery checks to unauthorized immigrants & give them a temporary work authorization.