February 03, 2021

Reschenthaler Opposes Democrats’ Partisan Budget Maneuver

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) voted against H. Con. Res. 11, Congressional Democrats' partisan Fiscal Year 2021 budget resolution. The resolution narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 218 to 212, with two Democrats joining all Republicans in opposition. Passage of a budget resolution is the first step in the budget reconciliation process, the fast-track tool President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats are using to pass a wasteful and misguided $1.9 trillion stimulus plan.

"Despite multiple calls for unity from President Biden, Democrats chose to begin the process of jamming through a partisan $1.9 trillion stimulus plan rather than working with Republicans to provide targeted, effective COVID-19 relief to communities in southwestern Pennsylvania and throughout the nation," said Reschenthaler. "Alarmingly, Democrats have indicated they will attempt to use reconciliation in the future to enact socialist policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. It is clear that President Biden and Congressional Democrats are putting their partisan interests and radical left-wing agenda ahead of the American people."

Specifically, President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus bill:

  • Bails out state governments that have shut down small businesses and driven up unemployment.
    • Q3 of 2020 had the highest state and local government tax receipts in American history.
  • Imposes new and burdensome costs and regulations on job creators, making hiring and economic recovery even more difficult.
  • Fails to address the more than $1 trillion in previously enacted stimulus funding that has yet to be spent.
  • When combined with previously enacted stimulus legislation, will cost $6 trillion, which is over $17,000 per person and more than the GDP of every country other than China and the United States.