All Republicans in Congress voted against the $1.9 trillion relief bill signed by President Joe Biden last month – but that hasn’t stopped several of them from publicly celebrating funding to their districts made possible by its passage, most recently Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.).
Malliotakis on Tuesday released a “100 Days Report Card” in which her office listed the freshman congresswoman’s “achievements,” including $3.7 million in grants to the Community Health Center of Richmond and the Beacon Christian Community Health Center, both awarded under the relief bill.
Malliotakis, in a statement to Forbes, said the grants were “among the 9% of funds dedicated to COVID-19 relief that I was always in support of,” adding, “Regardless of any particular vote, I’m going to help individuals, small businesses and nonprofit organizations get funding they are entitled to.”
The offices of Reps. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) put out a press release last month celebrating the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s rollback of cuts, tying it to a letter they had sent urging the MTA to “reconsider these service cuts.”
MTA leaders have credited the development to $6.5 billion in funding from the relief bill – though Garbarino pointed out to the New York Post that the decision was made before the bill’s all-but-assured passage in the House, while Zeldin said he didn’t support the funding being “coupled with trillions of dollars of unrelated monopoly, funny money.”
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) landed in hot water on Twitter shortly after the bill passed the Senate – without his support – for celebrating a $28.6 billion grant for restaurants he had proposed that ultimately made it in the bill.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), who had called the bill “nothing more than a Pelosi payoff” in February, tweeted last week that he was “happy to announce” more than $19 million in grants to health centers in his district that were allocated by the package.
“They’ll vote no, take the dough, and show up at the ribbon-cutting,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of Republican lawmakers at a press conference last month shortly after the bill passed the House.
“Republicans have openly admitted that they ‘bungled’ their messaging around the American Rescue Plan,” Pelosi said in a statement on Saturday, predicting “more of this shamelessness” if Republicans oppose Biden’s more than $2 trillion infrastructure plan.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday predicted no Republicans will vote for Biden’s infrastructure plan, citing a proposal to increase the corporate tax rate as well as his personal “alarm” about the national debt.