March 10, 2021
Press Release

POTTSVILLE,PA — Today, Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-9) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 1319, an excessive $1.9 trillion spending bill that is not targeted or tied to defeating COVID-19:

“Over the past year, Congress passed five bipartisan and targeted relief bills totaling $3.7 trillion to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. These packages have succeeded in supporting our economy through the worst of this crisis. Now, Democrat Leadership wants to spend another $2 trillion on an excessive spending bill that directs just 1% towards vaccines and provides far beyond what is needed to fuel our continued recovery. States will receive $350 billion, on top of the $500 billion already allocated, despite the fact that in many states, revenue is actually up. Significantly supplemented unemployment compensation will be extended through September, even as businesses need employees to return to the workforce and fill open positions. Felons, including currently incarcerated murderers, will receive a stimulus check paid for by the taxpayers. Federal workers will receive up to $35 an hour, in addition to their full salary, to care for a child learning from home. When we should be focused on economic recovery, getting our children back to school, and vaccine distribution, Democrats are intent on passing legislation that caters to special interests, while also enormously expanding our national debt and the role of the federal government in our lives.”