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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

Rep. LaHood Opposes Democrats’ Effort to Put Politics Over COVID-19 Relief

May 15, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) opposed the partisan legislation Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats brought to the floor this evening that prioritizes their political interests over COVID-19 relief. The $3 trillion bill was negotiated without the Republican Conference, is dead on arrival in the Senate, and has no chance of becoming law. Following the vote, Rep. LaHood released the below statement:

“COVID-19 is impacting every Illinoisan, putting a strain on our health care system and leaving thousands out of work. Congress has an obligation during this difficult time to provide relief, and we have taken critical steps in the CARES Act and three supplemental pieces of legislation to deliver almost $3 trillion in COVID-19 relief.

“I have serious concerns with the level of spending unrelated to COVID-19 that was crammed into this bill without any input from Republican members. As we work to recover from this virus, additional relief should focus on expanding testing, helping frontline health care workers, providing aid directly to local municipalities, and supporting small businesses suffering from state-mandated closures. It is deeply troubling that during the worst pandemic in our lifetime and in the middle of an economic crisis that House Democrats took an unserious approach that prioritizes their political agenda over COVID-19 relief.

“This pandemic calls for us to work together to deliver assistance to communities in need, as Congress did on the previous four pieces of legislation. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to deliver relief to Illinois and get our state back on a path to prosperity.” 

Learn more on the legislative efforts to combat COVID—19 from the Ways and Means Republicans here