Statement from Congressman Burchett on the partisan HEROES Act 2.0

October 2, 2020
Press Release
Burchett: “Congress needs to deliver for small businesses and workers, leave political agendas out of it"

WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 2, 2020) – Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked away from negotiations for a targeted COVID-19 relief package in favor of the partisan, $2.2 trillion HEROES Act 2.0. U.S. Representative Tim Burchett (TN-02) voted against this legislation last night and released the following statement:

"Like the original HEROES Act, this second attempt contains questionable provisions that assert federal control over elections, funding for abortion clinics and stimulus checks for people here illegally. Speaker Pelosi clearly believes this crisis is a chance for political gain, and several House Democrats joined every Republican in voting against this irresponsible bill. The next COVID-19 relief bill needs to focus on jumpstarting the economy by helping small businesses, working families and employers as they begin to reopen,” said Rep. Burchett.

The Speaker, in another show of prioritizing her political agenda over addressing the pandemic, refuses to allow a vote on Paycheck Protection Program extension legislation. A bipartisan group of more than 150 members, including Rep. Burchett, signed onto a discharge petition that would force a vote on H.R. 8265, which would extend the PPP program using already appropriated funding meant to aid small business and workers.