Marsha Blackburn: COVID bill not bipartisan, doesn’t help those in need

Democrats and their allies in the media have been praising President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, with The Washington Post hailing its supposed efficacy at fighting poverty.

In reality, the bill costs taxpayers too much while doing little for those in need, says Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R), Fox News reported.

Blackburn slammed the bill in an interview Sunday on Fox News Live, drawing attention to how the package differed from previous relief legislation.

Previous COVID bills had bipartisan support

“It’s so interesting that all the COVID relief bills that we have passed under Leader [Mitch] McConnell’s leadership were done in a bipartisan manner,” Blackburn said. “Every one of them got 90 votes or more.”

“So that shows you the degree of bipartisanship and how very hard [Senate Republican] Leader McConnell and President Trump and [House Republican] Leader [Kevin] McCarthy had worked to make these bipartisan,” she continued.

“And now when the Democrats are in charge, what do they do? They want party line votes, which is what they got in the House and the Senate,” Blackburn complained.

The Tennessee senator argued that Republicans have been far less receptive this time around “because only nine percent of this bill had anything to do with COVID.”

Money spent on non-COVID issues

“The other 91% is money for the arts, humanities, transportation, abortion, loan forgiveness for students, loan forgiveness for socially disadvantaged farmers,” she explained.

Blackburn also highlighted “a provision of 15 weeks of paid vacation leave for federal employees and then you’ve got earmarks in there for hospitals in New Jersey, Rhode Island [and] Delaware.”

She also took issue with the some $350 billion that have been allocated to bailing out blue states with pre-existing budget problems.

“This bill is not fair to people who are truly hurting because of COVID,” Blackburn said. “It is not fair to our children and grandchildren and future generations because they’re the ones that are going to see their tax rates go up when the bill comes due.”

The bill narrowly passed in the Senate on Saturday with amendments and is being sent back to the House for a vote on Tuesday, Fox News reported.

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