Club for Growth opposes President Biden’s partisan $1.9 trillion reconciliation bill and urges all Representatives and Senators to vote no on the legislation. The result of the vote will be included in the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2021 Congressional Scorecard.
Club for Growth has encouraged Members of Congress for nearly a year to respond to the COVID pandemic with pro-growth solutions that would rescue the economy. Instead, this legislation once again advances a liberal wish-list of stimulus spending that will not grow the economy, an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits that will drag down a return to work, stimulus checks that are clearly a political response – not an economic response, pork barrel spending, funding for closed schools, an expansion of Obamacare, a minimum wage increase that will kill 1.4 million jobs, and a litany of other extraneous provisions that have nothing to do with the COVID emergency.
Additionally, this bill includes a bailout of many Blue States that irresponsibly kept their economies closed causing higher unemployment which is the data point determining how much aid a State receives. According to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, State aid per resident exceeds the average in 17 states including California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia while 31 states with lower unemployment like Florida, Georgia, Ohio, New Hampshire receive the short end of the stick.
Despite repeated attempts at bipartisan negotiations for a targeted legislative response, too many Democrats politicized COVID in order to try to advance a progressive agenda through “crisis legislating.” Now that Democrats control the House, Senate and White House, they are taking a partisan approach through reconciliation to achieve that goal. Club for Growth encourages all Members of Congress to reject this legislation and instead work toward enacting legislation that accommodates a safe and full reopening of the U.S. economy.