Representative From Knoxville Explains Why He Voted Against Stimulus Bill
Congress passed the newest Covid-19 stimulus relief bill Monday evening after months of stalemate on the issue. Representative from Knoxville, Tim Burchett, voted against the bill.
Burchett posted a video to Twitter explaining his vote.
Burchett’s office also released a full statement on the vote. You can read that statement below:
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 21, 2020) — Tonight, U.S. Representative Tim Burchett (TN-02) voted against the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. This legislation is over 5,000 pages long, contains all 12 appropriations bills that are supposed to be voted on individually and has a $2.4 trillion price tag.
The bill was released earlier this afternoon, giving every elected official not involved in the drafting process little time to effectively evaluate the straight text of the bill. A COVID-19 relief package — negotiated behind closed doors by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a small select group of elected officials – was also tacked onto this enormous legislation.
“Coronavirus relief for small businesses and working families is desperately needed, but it isn’t going to happen when only a few Washington politicians like Nancy Pelosi get a seat at the negotiating table,” Rep. Burchett said. “We are sent here to represent our communities, but like so many other representatives, I was never given the opportunity to speak on behalf of East Tennesseans. It’s a disgrace Speaker Pelosi used her coronavirus package to con House members into voting for her progressive government funding bills.”