Davis Urges Hearings, Bipartisanship, & the House to Get Back to Work
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) today released this statement urging the House to work together on a bipartisan, measured Coronavirus package, instead of rushing H.R. 6800, which includes unrelated COVID-19 spending and will cost an additional $3 trillion, through the House:
"In two months, Congress passed four bipartisan bills totaling 3.5 trillion dollars because this crisis required immediate spending to help and much of that spending continues to be distributed today. Since then, the House should have been working, holding bipartisan hearings to examine what more is needed to help states, especially as many of them begin to reopen, but that's not what happened.
"Instead, Speaker Pelosi spent the last three weeks behind closed doors crafting a three-trillion-dollar, partisan bill that includes measures to federalize elections, change our immigration laws, and spend billions in taxpayer dollars unrelated to Coronavirus without one single hearing. I've worked with my colleagues across the aisle on many issues we've heard about from our constituents, including releasing a bipartisan bill to help people who have lost their jobs keep their health insurance. The American people deserve a measured, bipartisan response, not a rushed, partisan bill that is going nowhere."
As the Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration, Davis spoke against the Democrats' rule change to allow proxy voting, which allows members to give their vote to another member. CLICK HERE for more. On May 4, Davis and other Republicans on the working group to reopen the House released a plan to get members safely back to work. CLICK HERE to read their plan.
Additionally, Davis highlighted issues with federalizing our election process, which is included in H.R. 6800. CLICK HERE for more.
Earlier this week, Davis introduced a bipartisan compromise to help people keep their health insurance if they've lost their job. CLICK HERE for more.