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Congressman Issa Opposes Partisan Package Insufficiently Focused on COVID Relief

March 10, 2021


Washington, DC — Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) released the following statement regarding the final passage of the Biden-Pelosi-Schumer COVID relief plan:

“Combatting COVID-19 is a national imperative that must include allowing access to the vaccine to all Americans who choose to receive it, rebuilding our economy and reopening our schools right away. 

Even though all five previous COVID spending bills of 2020 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, the new Democratic majority abandoned this positive approach and instead used a special process specifically designed to avoid consensus. Still, Republicans offered more than 600 amendments to the bill, but their goodwill participation was comprehensively rejected. 

This divisive approach leaves the country with a package that the White House touts as ‘the most progressive domestic legislation in a generation.’ What is not touted is the fact that in no way is this focused on COVID. Only one percent of the bill relates to vaccinations, less than nine percent for related public health programs and five percent to reopen K-12 schools in 2021. Worst of all, the bill contains no coherent commitment to fully opening our economy, getting Americans back to work and our kids back in school.

Thankfully, the vaccines are here, and they are safe and effective. It is time to reopen the country and our policy choices should focus on that goal.”