McKinley: Democrats Continue to Put Political Posturing Before Families, Small Businesses

Speaker Pelosi Pushes Yet Another Partisan Wishlist Instead of Serious Bipartisan Negotiations

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Washington, October 1, 2020 | comments
WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Representative David B. McKinley P.E. (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement after voting against the latest partisan COVID-19 package offered by Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats:

“Didn’t Speaker Pelosi learn anything these past five months? Passing a purely partisan bill will have no chance at becoming law. We need a bipartisan solution,” said Rep. McKinley. “American businesses and families are struggling with the impacts of COVID-19 and need immediate relief. It's time to stop playing political games.”

Provisions include:

  • Defunds the police by removing $600 million from the original Heroes Act intended for the COPS Hiring program and state and local law enforcement assistance.
  • Extends $600/week UI supplement through Jan. 31, 2021, plus a transition to allow the supplement to continue through March 31, 2021 for those who have not exhausted their benefits, meaning businesses will be competing with unemployment benefits for workers through spring of 2021.
  • Provides subsidized Obamacare to anyone receiving UI during the public health emergency.
  • Allows illegal immigrants to receive direct stimulus payments because the bill does not require social security number verification.
  • Removes safeguards in the Paycheck Protection Program that would prevent taxpayer money from bailing out Planned Parenthood.
  • Mandates a blanket release for certain covered federal prisoners and alleged criminals, while imposing a high burden for the government to prove they present a risk of harm to society upon release.
  • Provides “deferred action” and work authorization during the emergency declaration and for 90 days after for illegal aliens working in jobs that could be held by out of work Americans.
  • Expands FFCRA paid leave employer mandates by extending the requirements, applying them to all employers including small businesses, allowing more categories of leave to be compensated, and subjecting small businesses to lawsuits for alleged violations.
  • Federalizes elections, with only five weeks to election day, by including stringent, impossible to achieve mandates on how states must run elections, including early voting, no ID requirement for in-person voting, same-day registration, and no excuse vote by mail without safeguards or restrictions on ballot harvesting.
  • Provides a tax break for millionaires and billionaires by repealing SALT limitations for 2020.
  • Expands Obamacare through a new Special Enrollment period, which has already been rejected by the White House.
  • Allows the marijuana industry to access banking services and products.
  • Forgives $10,000 per eligible private student loan borrower, and freezes loan payments and interest on all federal student loans until at least Sept. 31, 2021.
  • Virtually rewrites SNAP policy and permanently disallows rulemaking pertaining to work requirements and eligibility.
  • Fails to include sensible liability reforms for our front-line providers.
  • Bans information on lower cost health coverage options from reaching Americans.

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