Gianforte blasts new COVID-19 relief bill, calls it 'careless'
Montana GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte voted against the $3 trillion COVID-19 package passed Friday by the House, saying it was "careless" and a liberal wish-list.
The Associated Press reported that the 208-199 vote, with all but one Republican opposed, advances a campaign-season display of Democratic economic and health-care priorities.
The bill, which would cost more than the four previous COVID-19 bills combined, has little chance of becoming law as written, but will likely spark difficult negotiations with the White House and Senate Republicans. Any product would probably be the last major COVID-19 response bill before November’s presidential and congressional elections.
The proposal would bring almost $1 trillion for state and local governments, another round of $1,200 direct payments to individuals and help for the unemployed, renters and homeowners, college debt holders and the struggling Postal Service, AP reported.
Republicans said the measure faces a White House veto threat.
Gianforte said Republicans and Democrats worked with President Donald Trump on previous measures to support the American people during the COVID-19 outbreak.
"That didn’t happen with Nancy Pelosi’s partisan, $3 trillion, 1,800-page liberal wish list," he said in a statement released Friday night.
"Montanans shouldn’t pay for the property taxes of coastal elites in high-tax states," he said. "The federal government shouldn’t send rebate checks to illegal immigrants. And Montana businesses, desperate to reopen, shouldn’t have to compete with expansive unemployment benefits that run through next spring. This is no CARES Act. It’s careless.”