The House approved the historic measure by a voice vote, with strong majorities of both major parties backing the most lucrative economic relief bill in the nation’s history.
The package will provide payments of up to $1,200 to millions of Americans earning less than $75,000 annually. It will also boost unemployment benefits, offer loans, grants and tax breaks to businesses, large and small, and distribute billions of dollars to states, local governments and the nation’s health care system.
Are they afraid of the truth? I’ve been told that they don’t even have 1 minute available for me to speak against this bill during the 4 hour debate. The fix is in. If this bill is so great for America, why not allow a vote on it? Why not have a real debate? #SWAMP
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 27, 2020
The bill was passed after objections from Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY).
“The vote we take today may be the most monumental vote during our tenure in Congress,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Chairman of the Freedom Caucus, said during a speech on the House floor. “The amount of money we’re committing is in itself epic.”
Biggs added that the funding allocated for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, public broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Education Department, among other groups who received millions of dollars in aid, was not appropriate at this time.
“These may be worthy or not, but they certainly have no place in an economic relief package,” Biggs concluded.
Logan Ratick contributed to this report.