Republicans: You’re Welcome for the COVID Stimulus Money We Voted Against
Certain lawmakers—including Nicole Malliotakis, Elise Stefanik, and Kevin McCarthy—have been touting parts of Joe Biden’s bill to their constituents, despite having tried to block it.
Last month, Nicole Malliotakis, the freshman Republican representative from New York, published a “report card” touting what she’d accomplished for her constituents in her first 100 days in Congress. Among the achievements she listed: nearly $4 million in federal health grants. “My team and I are focused on getting things done for the residents of Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn,” Malliotakis said. There was just one problem, though: That grant money actually came from Joe Biden’s COVID relief bill—the one she and every other Republican voted against.
Republicans promote pandemic relief they voted against
Every Republican in Congress voted against the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which President Joe Biden signed into law three months ago
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said it pained her to vote against the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
But in the weeks that followed, the first-term Republican issued a news release celebrating more than $3.7 million from the package that went to community health centers in her district as one of her “achievements.” She said she prided herself on “bringing federal funding to the district and back into the pockets of taxpayers.”
Republicans trumpet elements of Covid-19 relief bill they voted against
“Happy to announce that NC-11 was awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,” Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., tweeted Tuesday, pointing to millions of dollars that went to health care providers in his district. “Proud to see tax-payer dollars returned to NC-11.”
The law, which got no Republican votes in the House or the Senate, has the support of about a quarter of self-identified Republicans, and it enjoys more than 2-to-1 approval from Americans overall, according to a recent Economist/YouGov poll.