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Hartzler Opposes Legislation with Massive Price Tag

February 27, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) released the following statement regarding tonight’s vote on the American Rescue Plan:
 
“For the sixth time in less than a year, Congress considered legislation to address the COVID pandemic. The last five COVID relief packages have provided a combined total of $4 trillion in relief funding. However, an analysis by the
 Committee for a Responsible Budget has found approximately $1 trillion that has yet to be spent from the previous relief packages.
 
The American Rescue Plan is serving as an excuse to spend our tax money on unnecessary things completely unrelated to the pandemic. With less than nine percent of this legislation designated for COVID, this spending spree could not be further from ‘relief.’ 
 
This package contains $112 million for Speaker Pelosi's Silicon Valley tunnel project, $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, $135 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and $12 billion in foreign aid. None of these items actually tackle this pandemic.
 
By pushing this bill through Congress in the name of ‘relief,’ we are recklessly gambling with our future while expanding our national deficit by trillions
 
With a growing economy, COVID numbers going down, and over $1 trillion still available for ongoing needs, now is not the time to go further in debt by passing wish-list pork for the Speaker disguised as ‘COVID relief.’”