‘Some People Have No Shame’: House Republicans Take Local Heat for Votes Against Rescue Plan
The American Rescue Plan’s work to put shots in arms, money in pockets, and people in jobs has helped slash COVID deaths, lowered jobless claims to their lowest level of the pandemic, and kept Americans afloat across the country.
Unsurprisingly, House Republicans are trying to hide their votes to block that progress – and it’s not going very well for them.
After President Biden’s call-out yesterday, more than half a dozen House Republicans joined Minority Leader McCarthy in taking heat back home for voting to block the widely popular, lifesaving relief from the American Rescue Plan.
Here’s a sampling of the coverage House Republicans are seeing in their districts:
Rep. Greg Pence (IN-06)
CW Indianapolis: “President Biden today calling out Republicans for taking credit for something they didn’t vote for”
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (NC-11)
President Joe Biden called out congressional Republicans, including a freshman representative from North Carolina, for voting against his COVID-19 relief package and then touting some of its provisions to their constituents.
Cawthorn, a first-term representative, sent two tweets on March 30 about grants awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services to four community health centers in the 11th Congressional District.
Bobbie Richardson, the chairwoman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, criticized Cawthorn for the messages in late March.
“You can’t have your cake and vote against it, too. That’s exactly what Rep. Cawthorn is doing by shamelessly taking credit for a bill that he tirelessly attacked and voted against,” she said in a statement.
Reps. Lee Zeldin (NY-01), Andrew Garbarino (NY-02), Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11), Elise Stefanik (NY-21)
They give New York a bad name.
Four GOP lawmakers from the Empire State were included on a “no shame” list that President Biden pulled out during a speech Thursday to ridicule Republicans who have touted the benefits of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue plan even though they voted against it.
Biden did not call out any of the 13 Republicans on the list by name, but observant photographers snapped pictures of it, divulging that New York Reps. Elise Stefanik, Lee Zeldin, Andrew Garbarino and Nicole Malliotakis all made the ignominious cut.
Other prominent Republicans on Biden’s list included House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who was also lashed for promoting the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
NY1: “Several NY lawmakers are on a list of 13 Republicans that are on the Joe Biden ‘no shame’ roster. These are Republicans who went back home and touted the benefits of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan that they had actually voted against.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21)
ABC Watertown: “Those Members of Congress who are now bragging back home about the benefits of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief are the same ones who voted against it.”
Rep. Beth Van Duyne (TX-24)
President Joe Biden accused Dallas-area freshman Rep. Beth Van Duyne on Thursday of taking credit for part of a COVID relief package that, like every other Republican, she opposed.
“Some people have no shame,” he said.
Van Duyne has touted the $25 billion fund to help restaurateurs recover, part of the $1.9 trillion relief plan approved in March with only Democratic support.
It’s not the first time Democrats have given Van Duyne grief for promoting a program she voted against.
Rep. Troy Balderson (OH-12), Rep Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16)
ABC Columbus: “He pulled out a list showing all of those Republicans who opposed it. A couple of them are from Ohio – Representatives Troy Balderson and Anthony Gonzalez.”
Rep. Troy Balderson (OH-12)
NBC Columbus: “Included on that list is Central Ohio Congressman Troy Balderson who the Administration claims touted the Restaurant Revitalization Fund”