Republicans are promoting the American Rescue Plan after voting against it because it was too expensive and did not focus enough on the nation’s health and economic crises.
Every Republican in Congress voted against the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, which President Joe Biden signed into law three months ago.
Republican Representative Elise Stefanik encourages people to sign up to receive funds for the plan’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which will provide $28.6 billion to the industry.
“The Congresswoman is using her platform to inform her constituents of federal funds and resources available to them,” Karoline Leavitt, a spokesperson for the Representative, said. “She did not claim to support the bill in the tweet, and her constituents deserve to know about federal programs they can apply for regardless of how she votes.”
Eight other Republicans have also encouraged constituents to apply for the program – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senator Roger Wicker, Representative Greg Pence, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, Representative Beth Van Duyne, Representative Troy Balderson, and Representative Anthony Gonzalez.
The Independent Restaurant Coalition offered thanks to Republicans despite their stance.
“Senator Wicker did not vote for the package (we wish all members did!). but his work on the RESTAURANTS Act from the beginning made the relief fund possible,” the Independent Restaurant Coalition tweeted. “We are grateful for that work.”
Andrew Bates, a White House spokesman, sarcastically expressed his appreciation for the Republican’s efforts.
“The American people — majorities of Democrats, independents, and Republicans — have long been firmly unified behind the American Rescue Plan,” Bates said. “So it’s heartening to see Republicans in Congress reaching across the aisle to endorse it — even retroactively.”
The Democratic National Committee set up a series of digital takeovers in Arizona, Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to recognize the Democrat’s effort and highlight the Republican opposition.
DNC spokesman, Ammar Moussa, says that Republicans are hypocrites.
“Between now and next year’s midterm elections, we’re going to make sure every voter remembers how Republicans tried to stand in the way of this economic boom and our return to normalcy,” Moussa said. “And you can count on Democrats to call Republicans out for their hypocrisy when they try to tout the same programs they voted against.”