Watchdog Slams Speaker Pelosi’s Latest “Relief” Proposal
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
May 12, 2020
For Immediate Release
May 12, 2020
Contact: Grace Morgan
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) urged Congress to reject the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act and instead pass a clean Coronavirus-related relief bill. Introduced on May 12 by House Democrats, the HEROES Act would allocate $500 billion to states and an additional $375 billion to localities ostensibly to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19. In addition, the bill provides:
- $25 billion to the United States Postal Service, with spending prioritization placed on the cleaning and sanitization of facilities and purchase of protective equipment for workers.
- $10 billion in grants to small business (in addition to the nearly $700 billion in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans already signed into law).
- $1.5 billion for the “Emergency Connectivity Fund,” which supports, “Wi-fi hotspots, other equipment, connected devices, and advanced telecommunications and information services to schools and libraries.”
- $300 million for Community Oriented Policing Services.
- $10 million each for the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts.
TPA President David Williams criticized the HEROES Act, noting, “since the start of the Coronavirus crisis, Congress has spent roughly $3 trillion – more than $23,000 for each American household – in stimulus measures to help struggling families and businesses. Now, Speaker Pelosi and her congressional allies are using the pandemic as a pretext to push through wasteful spending measures that’ll balloon the debt without helping the people hurting the most. Congressional leadership should focus on helping the households hit hardest by this catastrophe, instead of pushing pet projects and pork-barrel spending.”
Williams continued: “The sponsors of the HEROES Act have yet to explain to the American people why states should get a $500 billion blank check regardless of the policies and priorities they pursue. Leaders such as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) are putting their careers on the line to veto wasteful taxation and spending measures being introduced in state legislatures. An open-ended $500 billion for states and $375 billion for localities would send a message to these officials that there’s no use in pursuing fiscal responsibility. The HEROES Act is an open door for states and localities to spend recklessly and get a handout from struggling federal taxpayers.”
Williams concluded: “Congress and the Trump administration can pursue sensible polices, such as payroll tax cuts, to help struggling Americans without breaking the bank. But, the HEROES Act prioritizes pet projects over Coronavirus patients and taxpayers. Congress should reject this reckless legislation and pursue a clean relief bill instead.”