“Madam Speaker — Yesterday, Speaker Pelosi called scrutinizing China a ‘diversion.’
“That could not be further from the truth
“First, China lied to the world about the virus. According to one study, 95 percent of this crisis would have been contained if China had been honest. Imagine all the lives and livelihoods that would have been saved.
“Second, China leveraged its stockpile of personal protection equipment for their own political gain — and at the expense of our frontline workers.
“And third, just this week, it was reported that China is hacking our companies and universities to try to undermine our efforts to find a cure and save lives.
“Speaker Pelosi should withdraw her comments. Instead, she withdrew her members from what was supposed to be a bipartisan task force on China — one we had planned for over a year.
“Madam Speaker, addressing China is not a diversion. Justice for Americans is not a diversion. It is what we must do to protect our country. The real diversion is the proposal on the floor today.
“This 1800-page, $3 trillion proposal isn’t a serious attempt at making public policy.
“It is a political messaging bill that has no chance of becoming law, as Democrats and the media acknowledge.
“Let’s look closer at the flaws in this bill.
“Its central demands were written behind closed doors, predate the crisis, and are not targeted to the coronavirus.
“Changing election laws won’t speed up the developments of treatments or a cure.
“Bailing out mismanaged pensions won’t keep cash-strapped Main Street afloat as Americans practice social distancing.
“Suspending the cap on SALT tax deductions for millionaires and billionaires won’t reach the 36 million Americans who are now unemployed.
“This bill has more references to the cannabis industry in it than it does jobs — even though it is jobs, not dispensaries, that are going up in smoke.
“Millions of more dollars earmarked for the National Endowment for the Arts won’t stop China from hacking our companies and universities who are looking for a vaccine.
“America is in a serious crisis — but House Democrats see it as “leverage” to pass their socialist agenda.
“Majority Whip Clyburn, who runs the Impeachment 2.0 Committee, called it a “tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”
“Representative Ocasio-Cortez, the author of the Green New Deal, said “you absolutely love to see it,” cheering the loss of good jobs in the energy industry.
“And Representative Jayapal, the co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, said about passing more legislation, “For me, the leverage is that there is enormous suffering.”
“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 impeaching President Trump to pay attention to what was happening in Wuhan, China.
“In March, Speaker Pelosi delayed passage of the bipartisan CARES Act for five days. Her obstruction caused millions to lose their jobs and politicized the process, but changed little in the bill.
“And in April, Democrats dragged their feet over replenishing the crucial Paycheck Protection Program for fourteen days — allowing millions of jobs to be lost in the meantime and creating greater uncertainty for cash-strapped small businesses.
“It’s time for the political games to end. It’s time to put politics on lockdown and get back to legislating.
“That is the type of focus the American people expect from their government.
“Madam Speaker — As I said earlier, holding China accountable is not a ‘diversion.’ Passing a liberal wishlist and a reckless rule change are the real diversions.
“Republicans reject Democrats’ liberal wishlist and will continue to focus on getting Americans back to work safely and defeating this virus.
“I urge all my colleagues to do the same.
“I yield back.”