Representative Kurt Schrader of Oregon, representing the fifth district of the state, was the only two Democrats to oppose the bill that would increase the COVID-19 relief check from $600 to $2,000. one.
On Monday, Schrader spoke in the House of Representatives on HR 9051 (also known as the “Cash Act”), calling it “an ineffective and poorly targeted method of helping Americans in distress.”
Schrader said: “Obviously, this is a last-minute political move by the president and the political extremists of the two factions. They were basically absent during months of arduous negotiations.”
He and Daniel Lippinski of Illinois are the only two Democrats who do not support the bill. President Donald Trump called for more assistance.
It passed with a vote of 275-134-231 Democrats and 44 Republicans voted for it, 130 Republicans voted against, and 21 Republicans did not vote. Two independents also voted against the measure.
According to the bill, Americans who earn no more than $75,000 in 2019 are eligible for a one-time payment of $2,000. Couples whose adjusted total income does not exceed $150,000 will receive $4,000 (the income limit for each couple of the highest-income person or head of the household is $112,500).
Schrader criticized this approach, saying: “Those who earn six-figure income (and are) not affected by COVID-19 do not need a check.”
The bill is now heading to the Republican-controlled Senate, and the outcome is uncertain.
Schrader’s full comment in the House of Representatives:
“I stood up today against the cash law.
“This is an ineffective and poorly targeted method to help troubled Americans. Obviously, this is a last-minute political maneuver between the president and the two political extremists. They have basically spent months of arduous negotiations. They choose to express their opinions rather than their opinions in order to provide assistance to Americans and small businesses who need it most.
“In the past six months, especially in the last few weeks when the holidays are approaching and COVID cases are soaring, my problem-solving panel has worked with senators on both sides of the aisle and leaders of the House and Senate to develop The planned legislation has improved PPP and unemployment compensation since the COVID-19 outbreak began.
“I feel for all those who are suffering today due to economic difficulties, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on a bipartisan and bicameral basis and continue to find ways to help with relief.
“People with a six-figure income (and) are not affected by COVID-19 and do not need a check. We have spent nine months fixing the program and making it available to those who need it most, but it doesn’t It did not happen. Let us change our course and target those in need.”
The Fifth District of Oregon includes all the counties of Marion, Polk, Lincoln, and Tillamook, most of Clackamas County, and a small portion of Multnomah and Benton Counties.
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