Rep. Spano Votes ‘NO’ on $3 Trillion Bill

HistoRound of New Spending Passes House 208-199

Washington, May 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. Today, U.S. Representative Ross Spano (R-FL) released the following statement after voting ‘No’ on H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act and H. Res. 965, Authorizing Remote Voting by Proxy. As written H.R. 6800, calls for $3 Trillion dollars of new spending under the auspices of COVID-19 emergency spending, while H.Res. 965 calls for proxy voting in the House of Representatives:

“Less than 72 hours ago, Speaker Pelosi unveiled her 1,800+ page liberal wish-list that would cost Americans $3 Trillion dollars or $9,146 dollars for every man, woman and child in our country—in just this one bill. Using a public health emergency to fulfill a political agenda is unacceptable, and the American people see this for what it is: a reckless power grab,” said Spano. “What is even more unbelievable, is that while we are asking Americans to return to work safely, Democrats have decided to not show up for work and yield their vote and responsibility to a proxy. This is hypocritical, and the American people deserve better.”

Among some of the most concerning items within H.R. 6800 is providing economic impact payments to illegal immigrants and a get-out-of-jail card for certain prisoners, potentially including those convicted of murder and rape. This is in addition to: Bailing out the USPS and its mismanaged pension plan, bailing out poorly managed cities and states to the tune of $1 Trillion dollars, opening PPP Loans to registered lobbyists and their clients, suspending state and local tax (SALT) deductions for certain states and changing election laws nationwide.

At no point in U.S. History, not during the Civil War, both World Wars, Pearl Harbor, or 9/11 has the U.S. Congress voted by proxy on the floor in the manner proposed under H.Res. 965.

Given the economic impact COVID-19 has had on the district, state and nation, Rep. Spano unveiled his ‘Great American Comeback’ economic recovery plan earlier this month. This fiscally responsible, forward-looking plan, would get our fiscal house in order, hold China accountable for their role in the spread of the pandemic and unleash American innovation. All of which will bring our economy roaring back without adding to our national debt, currently at $25.2 Trillion and growing.

Legislative Text: HR. 6800 / H. Res. 965

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