Bergman Opposes $3 Trillion Partisan Bill

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Washington, May 15, 2020 | comments
This week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi introduced the $3 trillion Heroes Act. This legislation was crafted without any bipartisan input and has no chance of ever becoming law. Rep. Bergman voted in opposition to this bill and issued the following statement:

“Since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis, I’ve been working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to ensure support for our frontline workers, increase COVID-19 testing, increase PPP funding, and provide necessary support for my constituents. However, this nearly 2000-page bill became nothing more than a socialist wish list. The First District sent me to Washington to limit the size of the federal government not grow it needlessly in the name of ‘crisis relief.’ While there are provisions in this bill that I do support, the entire premise of the legislation was rooted in government overreach and unrealistic progressive policies.

“At a time when First District constituents are facing unprecedented health and economic uncertainty, they deserve a government that is working to provide solutions to restore our nation, not partisan grandstanding.”

Rep. Bergman noted that he opposed the Heroes Act because if enacted into law, it would:

  • Increase taxes on small businesses;
  • Provide a windfall to millionaires in high-tax states;
  • Send relief payments to illegal immigrants;
  • Allow taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion services through changes to the Paycheck Protection Program and to COBRA;
  • Provide funding to matters unrelated to combatting COVID-19 including—
    • $125M to National Science Foundation
    • $50M to Legal Services Corporation
    • $50M to the EPA for environmental justice grants
    • $40M to U.S. Geological Survey
    • $10M to National Endowment of the Arts
    • $10M to National Endowment of the Humanities
  • Federalize states’ elections; and
Eliminate voter I.D. Requirements across the country
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