House Republican Takes Credit for COVID-19 Bill That She Voted Against
Not long after President Joe Biden signed the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021 into law on Friday afternoon, Representative María Salazar (R-FL) patted herself on the back because one of her Small Business Administration policy proposals successfully nuzzled itself into a niche inside the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 financial relief legislation.
“#BREAKING So proud to announce that the Biden Administration has just implemented my bipartisan COVID relief bill as part @SBAgov policy!” tweeted the Congresswoman, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs and Small Business Committees.
🚨 #BREAKING 🚨
So proud to announce that the Biden Administration has just implemented my bipartisan COVID relief bill as part of @SBAgov policy!
— Rep. María Elvira Salazar (@RepMariaSalazar) March 12, 2021
The problem, however, is that Salazar is one of the 211 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to abort the American Recovery Plan (not that it mattered, as Democrats control both chambers of Congress).
Nevertheless, whatever objections Salazar harbored regarding what was in the remaining meat of the 591-page bill were unfortunately prioritized over her own accomplishment, which was not insignificant.
But partisan rancor reigns supreme in American Tele-Politics, and, as a consequence, Salazar voted against a bill that she wrote for which she then giddily took credit after it had received the president’s signature, enshrining it in law.
On Saturday afternoon, Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) caught wind of Salazar’s piggybacking shenanigans and was not about to pass up the opportunity to check rank Republican hypocrisy.
“Dear @RepMariaSalazar: You voted against it. You voted NO on your own legislation. But thanks for highlighting some of the great small business provisions in the #AmericanRescuePlan, which every Republican Member of Congress opposed,” Lieu replied.
Dear @RepMariaSalazar: You voted against it. You voted NO on your own legislation.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 14, 2021