Madison Cawthorn Caught In Lie About Funding For Homeless Americans
Newly-elected House member Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) attacked President Joe Biden Monday for his efforts on immigration, accusing him of failing to put homeless Americans before immigrants entering the country. However, his lie was quickly called out by another House member, Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), who filled Cawthorn (and the public) on just what has already been done to combat homelessness — and asked what he’s doing himself.
Cawthorn tweeted to complain about the Biden Administration paying for hotel rooms for migrants (conflating, notably, asylum seekers with illegal immigrants), though this has been done by previous administrations. In fact, Axios points out, the Trump Administration placed unaccompanied minors in hotel rooms in 2020, as it moved to remove them from the U.S. under new pandemic regulations.
The Biden Admin just dropped $86 Million dollars to get hotel rooms for ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS yet we have zero dollars going to our homeless veterans who are at a high risk of suicide.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) March 21, 2021
Despite this outlay of funding, Cawthorn complained, nothing is being done about homeless veterans.
Representative Gallego responded in a pair of tweets, pointing out that the recently-passed American Rescue Plan, in addition to the stimulus checks that have dominated the conversation about the legislation, also included billions of dollars for homelessness, and specifically for homeless veterans.
The American Rescue Plan has billions of $$$ for Veterans’s homelessness. You voted against it…it so why do you hate Veterans? https://t.co/dTIr6foMmf
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) March 22, 2021
In fact, the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs fact sheet says the legislation will directly help approximately 37,000 homeless veterans, and aids veterans currently receiving housing support.
That’s in addition to funding for veterans’ healthcare, reimbursement for veterans who had copays over recent months, and funding for up to 12 months of education programs for unemployed veterans seeking to reenter the workforce.
Ultimately, Gallego points out, Cawthorn could put his money — or at least his pen point — where his mouth is, and propose some legislation to help homeless veterans, if he sees a need that’s not being met.