Burchett opposes Speaker Pelosi’s messaging bill, urges getting America safely back to work

May 15, 2020
Press Release
1,815 page HEROES Act carries $3 trillion price tag, includes several far-left priorities

WASHINGTON, DC (May 15, 2020) -- Today, Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) announced he will vote against H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.

The HEROES Act would spend 3 trillion taxpayer dollars on:

- on bailouts for fiscally mismanaged states;
- expanded unemployment benefits that make it more lucrative for many people to stay home instead of going to work;
- stimulus payments for illegal immigrants;
- subsidies for abortion providers; and
- federal control over state and local elections.

Rep. Burchett voted in support of trillions of dollars in bi-partisan coronavirus funding over the past two months. Today, he strongly opposes using taxpayer dollars to fund these irresponsible, highly-partisan measures, and believes the federal government’s focus should be on getting sidelined Americans back to work safely.

“America’s economic recovery depends on getting Americans comfortable with going safely back to workplaces, shops, and restaurants. Instead, Speaker Pelosi is forcing a vote on a partisan bill that continues to destroy our economy, rather than getting the country up and running so people can get back to their jobs,” said Rep. Burchett. “The HEROES Act is radical, there’s no other way to put it. This bill is about pandering to the far-left, not addressing the current economic crisis.”

Rep. Burchett has demonstrated he is serious about getting Americans back to work safely. Earlier this month, he introduced the Coronavirus Public Safety and Economic Recovery Act, legislation to prepare businesses and organizations across the United States for operations as the economy reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation offers liability protections to employers following approved guidance on keeping employees and customers safe.

“We need to help American workers, consumers, and businesses safely adapt to coronavirus. My legislation, or something like it, should be included in the next coronavirus bill that is signed into law by the President,” Rep. Burchett concluded.