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’ willingness to try to meet in the middle by shrinking their $3.4 trillion HEROES Act to this $2.2 trillion version of the bill.
By considering this bill, House Democrats have wasted valuable floor time on a $2.2 trillion partisan wish list that has no chance of becoming law instead of working to draft something in a bipartisan fashion. Things like tax cuts for the wealthy in high-tax states and permanent federal election reforms 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.