Just How Much of the $1.9T COVID-19 Relief Bill Dems Just Passed Is Actually About COVID?
By Tyler O’Neil
In the wee hours of Saturday morning, the House of Representatives passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. Last week, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) editorial board dissected the spending in the bill, reporting that less than 10 percent of the funds would directly address the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bill passed 219-212, with every Republican voting against it and all but two Democrats voting for it, Politico reported.
“It’s not well thought through, not a lot of amendments were approved or allowed,” Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), one of the Democrats who voted against it, explained earlier this week. “I came here to legislate and I’m not being allowed to do that.” Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) also voted against the bill.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said leaders of his caucus “worked overtime” to ensure every Republican voted against the bill.