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Luetkemeyer on Democrats’ Partisan Agenda Disguised as Coronavirus Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) voted against Democrats’ $1.9 trillion partisan power play disguised as a coronavirus “rescue package.” 

“The bipartisan Covid relief bill Congress passed in December was a rescue package that included provisions and funding for actual pandemic recovery efforts. Between that bill and funding from the CARES Act, there is still $1 trillion in relief funding yet to be spent. While not perfect, both bills were earnest rescue efforts with targeted relief to help our nation recover from a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer.

“By contrast, only 9% of this latest proposal from the Democrats is related to Covid relief. At one of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history, the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats are using this opportunity to advance their partisan agenda and sell it to the American people as a rescue effort. Right now, our nation needs a direct path to in-person learning, funding for vaccine distribution, and a fully reopened economy.”

Harmful Democrat priorities include: 

  • Rewarding state and local governments that continue to shut down their economies and kill small businesses with a $350 billion bailout.
  • Reestablishing the Obama-era Treasury SSBCI program and giving $10 billion in funding to states who don’t have to use it until 2030.
  • $50 million in family planning grants and failing to include Hyde protections that would prevent taxpayers from paying for abortions. It would also make it possible for Planned Parenthood to receive PPP money meant for America’s smallest and struggling businesses.
  • 95% of the $123 billion allocated for K-12 schools won’t be spent until after 2021, creating zero incentive to get our students back in school.
  • $112 million for Speaker Pelosi's subway to Silicon Valley and $1.5 million Senator Schumer’s bridge to Canada.