WASHINGTON –This week, Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) offered three amendments at House Ways and Means markup to Democrat’s COVID-19 relief proposal. The Committee was responsible for a nearly $1 trillion portion of the spending bill.
Rep. Arrington offered the following amendments to ensure temporary, targeted relief:
Providing healthcare coverage to workers that lost their jobs due to President Biden’s attack on American energy workers by cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline.
Protecting taxpayer dollars by ensuring that relief checks go to those who need it most.
Ensuring that union pension plans that intentionally steer into insolvency do not receive a taxpayer funded bailout, saving taxpayers as much as $100 billion.
Democrats rejected all three amendments. Over the course of the two-day markup, House Ways and Means Committee Democrats denied all amendments offered by Republicans. Amendments were based on policies both parties have support in the past. Democrats rejected:
Making sure taxpayers are not paying workers to make more on unemployment than they would make at their jobs;
Safely reopening schools;
Protecting healthcare providers from predatory lawsuits;
Prohibiting unrelated pension bail-outs with taxpayer dollars;
Maintaining work requirements for monthly federal assistance;
Ensuring government assistance goes only to US citizens.