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Kinzinger Statement on Pelosi's Coronavirus Bill

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Washington, DC, October 1, 2020 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement on his vote against Speaker Pelosi’s $2.2 trillion legislative amendment on H.R. 925 and the need for bipartisanship.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement on his vote against Speaker Pelosi’s $2.2 trillion legislative amendment on H.R. 925 and the need for bipartisanship:

“The coronavirus pandemic should not be partisan, the lives impacted should not be used as tools in an election bid, and the recovery efforts by Congress should not be made political. But here we are again.

“Yesterday, Speaker Pelosi brought forth the HEROES Act 2.0 with a list of non-COVID related provisions and excessive demands for more government spending in areas that are not related to the COVID crisis. It is our duty to come together and address the urgent needs of those directly impacted by the pandemic—like the unemployed, those that are vulnerable to the virus, our front-line workers in our hospitals and grocery stores, the airline industry that is days away from having to cut thousands of jobs, and our schools that are trying to figure out how to safely reopen—just to name a few.

“This 2,152 page bill was not a good-faith attempt to find common-sense solutions by the Speaker. This ‘revision’ was just a tool for Democrats to use as they head into the election—it’s not a real effort to help the American people. And it’s sad.

“It’s sad because the American people are the ones who will suffer. Congress has already been able to work together on pandemic relief—we’ve done it multiple times now. We put our issues aside, compromised on several areas of disagreement, and did what was necessary to bring relief to the country. Speaker Pelosi knows she could have worked with Republicans to get the next bill through to the President’s desk, but blatantly chose to play politics instead.

“Tonight, I’m disappointed, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. I will continue to urge this institution to remember its responsibility, to remember the reason we were elected to serve the American people in Congress, and to remember what truly matters at the end of the day. Playing politics will not save lives, and I certainly hope the Speaker realizes that now and finds the courage to do the right thing, by working in good faith—together.”

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