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Tonight, House Democrats needed to make an edit to their hastily-written partisan wishlist before they send it over to the Senate (technically, their edit is called an “engrossment correction”).

Since Democrats are making changes to their bill – House Republicans had a suggested edit for them:

  • Strike funding in the underlying bill for the Pelosi subway tunnel in Silicon Valley, and instead direct that $140 million to support mental health and suicide prevention services in States where children do not have the option of in-person instruction at school.

But 220 House Democrats blocked this commonsense idea by advancing the Previous Question.

Rep. Stephanie Bice (OK-5) delivered remarks in support of her resolution to put students over subways:

“My resolution would ensure that mental health and suicide prevention services are provided in states where children to not have the option for in-person instruction in school.”

“Children across this nation have been disproportionately affected by the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“In areas of the country where re-openings are not happening, my resolution would provide $140 million to bolster mental health care for these affected children. I think we can all agree that the mental health impacts on our children should be swiftly addressed on a bipartisan basis.” 


This is now the second time in less than a week that House Democrats have decided to stand with Speaker Pelosi and the Silicon Valley tunnel instead of helping support kids’ mental health.