House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have just passed one of the most radical bills imaginable in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.
The House voted 208 to 199 to pass a $3 trillion relief bill amid the coronavirus bringing the U.S. economy to a grinding halt.
The bill, however, is so radical that more than a dozen Democrats even voted against it.
Fourteen Democrats crossed party lines to vote against it, and New York Rep. Peter King was the only Republican who voted in favor.
The legislation, which reflects Democratic priorities and was not a product of bipartisan negotiations, would stand as the largest relief package in US history and House Democratic leaders argued that the package, which allocates funding for state and local governments, coronavirus testing and a new round of direct payments to Americans, is urgently needed to address the crisis.
Republicans, however, have made clear that it is dead on arrival in the GOP-controlled Senate. Democrats also had to grapple with criticism and pushback from moderates upset that the bill did not have widespread bipartisan support and progressives who believe the bill did not go far enough to help Americans facing fallout from the pandemic.
The bill faced such extreme opposition that even CNN noted in its report that Pelosi “worked to lock in the support for the bill ahead of a final vote” and that she “worked hard behind-the-scenes to ensure she had the votes.”
Below are the 14 Democrats who voted against the bill.
14 Dem "no" votes against rule to vote on the HEROES Act include five moderates (I've starred them):
— Daniel Marans (@danielmarans) May 15, 2020
As detailed by The Hill, several of the Democrats who voted against the bill did not mince their words about how bad the bill is.
Iowa Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer slammed the bill as not being bipartisan.
“The next federal COVID-19 relief package must be focused on helping families, workers, small businesses, and local governments,” she said. “It needs bipartisan buy-in, and should not be tied up with unrelated provisions. I came to Washington to get things done, and this legislation only serves to push real relief further down the road.”
Democratic Oklahoma Rep. Kendra Horn said bills that lack bipartisanship during a time of crisis such as the pandemic are a “disservice to the American people.”
Rep. Elaine Luria, a Democrat from Virginia, said Pelosi’s bill would double the federal spending for the fiscal year and said spending of that scale needed input from both parties.
Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams Of Utah slammed the bill as a partisan “wish-list,” saying too many provisions in the bill strayed from the actual goal of helping the country.
Iowa Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne said she couldn’t vote for the bill “in good conscience,” calling it “Washington gamesmanship.”
Republicans also excoriated the bill.
“So much of what’s in this bill simply has nothing at all to do with the current crisis,” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. “It’s more like a liberal Christmas … wish list. It would make more sense … to just send it straight to Santa Claus than to send it to the United States Senate. It would have a better chance of becoming law that way.”
It is also important to note that it speaks volumes that so many House Democrats slammed Pelosi’s bill publicly.
Thankfully, this radical bill has no chance at all to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate.