Wittman statement on “No” vote on HEROES Act 2.0
WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today issued the following statement after voting “No” on HR 925, also known as the HEROES Act 2.0:
“At a time when so many Americans are truly suffering, I cannot understand why the majority has not been willing to meet Republicans in the middle to pass a bipartisan bill. Since this bill, like the HEROES Act in May, was drafted with only Democratic input, it will surely meet the same fate: it will not pass the Senate, it will not be signed into law, and it will only serve as another political message piece for Democratic Leadership too focused on scoring wins for themselves instead of wins for the American people.
“Speaker Pelosi has refused to consider bipartisan solutions since passing the highly partisan HEROES Act in May, and has not come to the negotiating table with a real solution. In fact, I wrote to Speaker Pelosi personally on September 18, requesting bipartisan action to achieve real results for the American people suffering most from the effects of COVID-19. I believe there is common ground to provide relief to millions of struggling Americans through continued unemployment relief, extension of the job-saving Paycheck Protection Program, and an additional round of individual economic impact payments.
“I also joined my colleagues in signing a discharge petition to bypass Speaker Pelosi and bring the extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to a vote in the House of Representatives. The original Paycheck Protection Program expired on August 8th with $134 billion in unspent funds, yet Speaker Pelosi continues to block this measure to assist small businesses. Instead, House Democrats have again attempted to ram through an unrelated wish list of partisan riders and far-left demands, many of which are not related to COVID-19 relief.
“Heroes 2.0 was doomed from the very beginning, and that is thanks to the actions of the House Majority Leadership unwilling to work with their colleagues across the aisle, in the Senate, and in the Administration. As we prepare to recess for October, the lack of results can only be blamed on lack of bipartisan focus from the House Majority. We owe it to the American people to find real solutions to help those who have been most impacted by the pandemic. Congress needs to stay in Washington to finish the job and provide the support Virginians need to recover effectively.”
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he serves as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.