House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on President Biden signing H.R. 1319, Pelosi’s Payoff:
“Twelve months ago this week, the American people began a heroic struggle to defeat the virus. From the health care professionals treating the sick to essential workers keeping our communities running to the scientists who created life-saving vaccines in record time under Operation Warp Speed, Americans from all walks of life patiently and responsibly worked to contain the spread of the virus. Now, with our nation nearing the final phase of this fight, we in Congress owe it to them to build on their incredible achievements so that everyone can get back to school, back to work, and back to health.
“Today, however, President Biden squandered those achievements. By signing the so-called American Rescue Plan, he imposed a $1.9 trillion new burden on American families that even liberal economists argue is not well targeted to meet our current needs. This bill is costly, corrupt, and liberal. Even the Biden White House admits this, calling it the ‘most progressive piece of legislation in history.’
“Despite being branded as ‘Covid relief,’ only 9 percent of funds in this bill actually goes to defeating the virus, and almost half of the money, including more than 95 percent of the education funds, will not be spent until 2022 or later. After a year of struggle and sacrifice, students and parents get no answer to the vital question of when they can expect schools to reopen full time.
“President Biden wants Americans to believe ‘help is on the way.’ But under this bill, it isn’t; waste is. From a blue state bailout that would allow San Francisco to wipe out 92 percent of its budget deficit to extravagant bonuses to government employees, this legislation puts the interests of the Swamp first. Meanwhile, it exacts devastating tolls from seniors, hospitals, and families, such as causing $36 billion in cuts to Medicare and leaving a massive debt for our children and grandchildren.
“The American people deserve better than Biden and Pelosi’s political payoff scheme.”