Rep. Burchett’s statement on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 14, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON (March 14, 2020) -- Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) released the following statement regarding the House’s vote on H.R. 6021, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: 

“The Coronavirus relief bill voted on by the House was loaded with way too much big government pork, including the expansion of welfare and other government programs that have nothing to do with combating Coronavirus or assisting struggling small businesses. I could not support this irresponsible legislation that might allow folks with bad intentions to take advantage of the government for their own benefit. Th110-page bill was negotiated behind closed doors by a select group, and most Members did not receive text until a few minutes before the vote. Our constituents were kept in the dark until the last moment and Congress cannot continue to legislate in secret if we expect the trust of the American people.” 

Last week, Rep. Burchett supported the $8.3 billion supplemental Coronavirus response bill. The funds from this package are currently being used to develop vaccines, contain the disease at home and abroad, and assist state and local health authorities respond to any Coronavirus cases.