Last week, a reader wondered why Rep. Ben Cline voted against the “Heroes Act.” To offer some background, Rep. Cline has given key support to recent bills to combat COVID-19, including:
» Over $8 billion in funding for test kits and to coordinate state/federal response efforts;
» Expanding the SBA’s commercial loan program;
» The Payroll Protection Program, established to keep business employees on the payroll; and
» The CARES Act, which gave Americans a $1200 tax credit in the form of a direct cash payment.
So, why did Congressman Cline — and 14 House Democrats — vote against Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion Heroes Act? Because the bill — starting with its legally questionable goal of bailing out state and local governments using federal dollars — also included:
» Taxpayer-funded insurance to illegal aliens;
» Repeal of voter ID laws;
» Expanding $1200 CARES Act checks to undocumented immigrants; and
» Increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
On his website, Rep. Cline stated, “Instead of focusing on addressing the economic and health care challenges of the coronavirus, this legislation is an 1800-page liberal wish-list, full of trillions of taxpayer dollars spent on programs entirely unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Of course, the Heroes Act failed. It failed because, instead of addressing the crises facing the U.S., the House Democratic leadership chose instead to float an un-passable “trial balloon” touting their latest pet projects in social engineering. And that is why Rep. Cline voted “Nay.”