Dems reject targeted COVID relief; adopt unrelated bailouts
& extraneous liberal priorities
WASHINGTON – Sen.
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today made the following statement after the Senate jammed
through a partisan $1.9 trillion spending bill that, despite its name, was more
focused on longstanding liberal policy priorities than COVID relief.
the past year, Congress passed five bipartisan COVID relief bills on a
bipartisan basis, totaling more than $4 trillion. We are fully capable of doing
it again, and doing it quickly. Unfortunately, Congressional Democrats have
opted to go it alone, and it’s come with a cost. The CARES Act, which delivered significant COVID relief in the early
and uncertain days of this crisis, was developed, debated and passed in a
matter of days. At best, the partisan process adopted by the Democrats is
designed to take weeks. The 11 hours of Democrat infighting that kicked off the
Senate’s debate on this bill is exhibit A why focusing on partisan priorities
rather than consensus is ill-advised. All the while, Americans in need are left
could have delivered the same amount of COVID relief in half the time with a
third of the cost to the taxpayer, and it would have been bipartisan. But the
Democrats insisted on jamming through a partisan agenda untethered to real relief
as Americans wait for help. That’s no way to govern,” Grassley said.
spending bill passed the senate by a partisan vote of 50-49.
the course of the debate, Senate Democrats rejected
a substitute amendment
that would have delivered $650 billion in COVID aid for
items with broad support like vaccine distribution, $300 unemployment
supplements, aid to reopen schools, childcare assistance and economic impact
payments targeted at those with need. They also opted to proceed with an $86
billion bailout for multiemployer pensions
without any structural reforms
to prevent future taxpayer funded rescues, and blocked
aid to Iowa farmers
impacted by last year’s devastating derecho.