Republican Rep. Paul Gosar introduced an amendment that would have increased the proposed stimulus check amount to $10,000 for individuals and $20,000 for married couples on Saturday just before Democrats passed a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.
Gosar took a frustrated and illuminating stance against wasteful spending: “I offered an amendment to prioritize $10,000 stimulus checks to Americans most affected by COVID-19 and lockdowns. Instead, Democrats chose foreign aid, Big Tech transit, and Pelosi’s political priorities over direct relief to American citizens.”
The amendment proposed the removal of 10 agenda items from the more than 200 sections in the bill. Those that Gosar wanted to be nixed included farm loan assistance for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, funding for the arts, funding for humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, global health initiatives, family planning, capital investment gains, federal and corporate transit projects, financially troubled multi-employer plans, and “vaccine confidence activities.”
Eliminating those items would have allegedly provided for the super-sized stimulus checks. The Democrats summarily rejected his amendment.
Governement ordered the shutdown and broke the back of the economy. Break it, buy it.
Americans need help with car payments, mortgage, rent, and everyday necessities. The people, not government, corporations, or billionaires, need this help. Consider $10,000 a down payment.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) February 27, 2021
Gosar’s amendment proposal was an attempt to highlight how getting rid of non-COVID-related funding would provide more relief for Americans who are suffering because of the pandemic and the political manipulation connected to it.
“People need help with car payments, mortgage and rent, and everyday necessities,” Gosar declared. “The government broke it. Now government must fix it. The people, not corporations or billionaires, need this money to survive,” he proclaimed while stating that a $10,000 stimulus check should be considered “a down payment.”
The American Rescue Plan passed narrowly in the House with a count of 219-212 votes. Two Democrats voted against the bill: Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon. Golden bluntly said his reason for voting against the plan was due to the non-coronavirus spending contained in it.
“During challenging times, the country needs its elected leaders to work together to meet the most urgent needs in their communities. This bill addresses urgent needs and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending,” Golden explained in a statement Saturday.
“In reviewing the bill in its full scope, less than 20 percent of the total spending addresses core COVID challenges that are immediately pressing: funding for vaccine distribution and testing, and emergency federal unemployment programs,” he continued.
Our people need economic relief now. https://t.co/KY2YX0eLyE
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) February 28, 2021
In a defiant and doomed to fail move, the Democrats decided to keep the $15 minimum wage boost in the bill even though the Senate Parliamentarian has ruled against it. An equally divided Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris at the helm has already indicated that they will not go for the minimum wage measure contained in the bill. That potentially means that the bill will fail in the Senate and the minimum wage section will then have to be stripped out of the legislation during budget reconciliation before sending it through once again.
Gosar ostensibly missed the vote on the relief bill to attend the America First Political Action Committee (AFPAC) conference. He designated Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM) to cast his vote in his stead.
The event was billed as an alternative to CPAC. The Daily Beast and other media panned it as being organized by an alleged white nationalist. Michelle Malkin and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) also spoke at the event.
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