My opponent – bless his heart – wants people to believe I voted against COVID relief in Congress. As much time & effort as we spent updating constituents on these votes, it’s unfortunate he didn’t get the memo.
In fairness though, he just moved into our congressional district a few short months ago in order to run for Congress. So perhaps he’s not on the mailing list yet.
The truth is: ✅ I voted to pass Bill #1 for emergency preparedness spending back in March. ✅ Bill #2 passed by unanimous consent in the House, but only after I fought hard to fix technical errors in that bill which would have destroyed many small businesses. ✅ I voted to pass Bill #3, the all-important CARES Act. ✅ And I supported recent efforts to enhance the widely popular Paycheck Protection Program.
Meanwhile, I opposed Nancy Pelosi and liberal Democrats who tried to use other pandemic relief bills to advance their far-left agenda. Things like ❎ stimulus checks for illegal immigrants, ❎ attacks on states’ voter ID laws, ❎ using taxpayer dollars to shore up union pension plans, and ❎ federal bailouts of (mostly Democrat-run) cities that have been financially mismanaged for decades.
These things (and many more) had no business inside of COVID relief bills. They were simply, as Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) admitted, a “tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit [their] vision.” Even the Senate didn’t believe those bills were legitimate efforts, and gave them zero consideration.
So when my opponent claims I voted against COVID relief, you know the truth. I’ve been fully supportive of legitimate relief efforts from Day One. But that does not mean I’ll vote with liberals in the House of Representatives trying to use this pandemic to further their agenda.
Apparently he believes that’s appropriate way to govern. It isn’t.