Yarmuth Statement on House Passage of Bipartisan COVID Relief-Omnibus Spending Package
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 133, the Omnibus Appropriations and Emergency Coronavirus Relief package:
“For so many Kentuckians and tens of millions of Americans, this compromise relief bill is woefully insufficient. For months, my Democratic colleagues and I have fought to get as much as we could from Mitch McConnell’s Senate majority, and as families suffered, all they could ask is what was in it for them. Unfortunately, at this point, this is the most we could get for families in need.
“We got some direct payments for those in need and were able to extend critical emergency unemployment benefits and rental assistance for Americans who’ve lost their income through no fault of their own — though this isn’t nearly enough. This package provides new money for schools, hospitals and vaccine distribution, and will make badly needed investments in government operations, small and mid-sized businesses, and industries that were ravaged first by the pandemic and then by the failed federal response. We also withstood Republican demands to shield corporations from total legal liability when they harm or kill their workers, as well as efforts to hamper President-elect Biden's ability to help those in need next year.
“I am glad that we were able to pass something to help the American people today, but as governments around the world rise to meet the needs of their struggling citizens, I am frustrated and angry that the richest country in the world is hamstrung by a Senate majority content to let the American people suffer.”