Congresswoman Ashley Hinson spoke on the House Floor in opposition to the $1.9 trillion spending package proposed by House Democrats that did not include a single amendment or provision offered by Republicans.
“Madame Speaker, I rise in opposition to the rule. It has been nearly a year now since the COVID-19 pandemic reached our shores, and Iowans are still struggling. Iowans need targeted pandemic relief.
“I would have been the first to cross the aisle and compromise on legislation that would help Iowans and Americans who are in need.
“But this behemoth of a bill fails to provide the targeted relief my constituents asked for. It forces taxpayers to bail out states that have chronically mismanaged their budgets. It includes a $15-dollar federal minimum wage hike, which would decimate the rural economy in Iowa and destroy the very livelihoods this bill claims to be saving.
“It opens the door for taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. And with $1 trillion dollars from previous relief packages still unspent, this legislation still contains no guardrails to ensure new money is used on pandemic relief this year. This legislation abdicates our responsibility to those who need our support and to taxpayers.
“Voting for this rule is a slap in the face to taxpayers. I urge a no vote and I yield back.”