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Rep. Amash Against Stimulus Bill, But Won't Block It

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 March 2020 03:28 PM

Calling it a "a raw deal for the people," Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., is urging Congress to "reconsider what it's doing" with the coronavirus economic stimulus bill, particularly if it is passed by unanimous consent instead of getting lawmakers to attach their vote to it.

Amash tweeted:

"This bipartisan deal is a raw deal for the people. It does far too little for those who need the most help, while providing hundreds of billions in corporate welfare, massively growing government, inhibiting economic adaptation, and widening the gap between the rich and the poor."

Amash also tweeted he would not object to unanimous consent in order to block the quick passage of the bill, but he does want House members to go on record on how they would have voted, tweeting:

"Only the Democratic Caucus and Republican Conference can decide the outcome. If they have majorities to pass it, then objecting to unanimous consent merely delays the inevitable. I won't do that. But members MUST BE REQUIRED to go on the record with how they would have voted."

And he added:

"There are many ways to implement a mandatory record, but it won’t occur unless the speaker makes it a priority. She is obligated to the institution and to the American people to ensure the House remains a representative body."

Then concluding:

"That said, I urge Congress to reconsider what it's doing. There is a simple way to provide direct assistance to the people. We can get it done today:"

That tweet shared his prior call for strictly providing stimulus checks to the people:

"Provide $1,250 per adult and $500 per child for each of the next three months, unless the lockdowns end sooner. After the third month, Congress can renew, modify, or discontinue these payments as appropriate."

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Calling it a "a raw deal for the people," Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., is urging Congress to "reconsider what it's doing" with the coronavirus economic stimulus bill, particularly if it is passed by unanimous consent instead of getting lawmakers to attach their vote to it.
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