Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement rejecting House Democrats’ multi-trillion dollar liberal wishlist. McCarthy also emphasized that, despite this Pelosi-led pipe dream that stands no chance of becoming law, Republicans will continue to focus on defeating this virus and helping Americans safely get back to work:
“Tens of thousands of Americans have lost their lives due to COVID-19, and more than a million have gotten sick. A record number of Americans are out of work. Yet while Americans are searching for answers, House Democrats are releasing a liberal wishlist that has no chance of becoming law, as even Democrats and the media acknowledge.
“The problems with this 1815-page, multi-trillion dollar messaging bill are plain to see. Its central demands — changing election laws, bailing out mismanaged pensions, and temporarily suspending the cap on SALT tax deductions for millionaires and billionaires — were drafted behind closed doors, predate the crisis, and are not targeted to coronavirus.
“Republicans reject Democrats’ liberal wishlist and will continue to focus on getting Americans back to work and defeating this virus by incentivizing rehiring and removing regulatory barriers to job creation, protecting small businesses from frivolous lawsuits, and returning our supply chain from China. That is the type of focus the American people expect from their government.
“Unfortunately, solving problems is not the Democrats’ priority. Today’s partisan spectacle continues a trend by Democrats that has strained Congress’s relief efforts from the beginning:
- In January, Democrats were too busy accusing President Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors to pay attention to what was happening in Wuhan, China.
- In March, Speaker Pelosi delayed passage of the CARES Act for five days, despite its overwhelming bipartisan support. Her obstruction caused millions to lose their jobs and politicized the process, but changed little in the bill.
- In April, Democrats dragged their feet over replenishing the crucial Paycheck Protection Program for fourteen days, allowing 4.4 million jobs to be lost in the meantime and creating greater uncertainty for cash-strapped small businesses. Just like in March, their obstruction was intentional. As one leading Democrat admitted, they were using small businesses as political ‘leverage.'”