House Speaker Rips GOP Leader for Boasting About COVID Relief Every Republican Voted Against

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is officially fed up with GOP lawmakers boasting about provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that offer relief for financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Last Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) McCarthy appeared to be betting that the American Rescue Plan’s popularity will blind Republican voters to the fact that he opposed it, writing in a Facebook post that “applications for the SBA’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund open this Monday, May 3rd,” complete with a link “to register your account in advance.”

On Monday, Pelosi’s office issued a statement blasting McCarthy for capitalizing on the benefits embedded within President Joe Biden’s economic relief bill after McCarthy and his entire House Republican caucus voted against it.

“Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the American Rescue Plan ‘socialist,’ claimed it would turn the U.S. into Venezuela, and convinced every Member of his caucus to vote against it. He even warned the American people ‘help is not on the way.’  Now he’s touting the American Rescue Plan’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund to brag about bringing home the bacon,” the statement read.

“The American Rescue Plan is putting vaccines in arms, money in pockets, people back in jobs, and kids back in school.  It’s boosting our economy and is widely popular with the American public. No one should be surprised that McCarthy, a man with such strong principles, voted no and took the dough with the American Rescue Plan,” the statement continued. “The only question is, which parts of the American Jobs and Families Plans will he pick to brag about?”

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