05-15-20 U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn Opposes Largest Spending Bill in History

U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn Opposes Largest Spending Bill in History

Colorado Springs, CO – Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the partisan HEROES Act, a deceptively named $3 trillion-dollar bill that seeks to fulfill the Democrat’s radical socialist agenda and further adds to our out of control national debt. Instead of addressing the needs of the American people, Speaker Pelosi crafted this 1,800+ page bill behind closed doors and without input from Republicans. President Trump has stated that he will veto this bill.

Congressman Lamborn opposed the bill and issued the following statement:

“During these unprecedented times, we should be coming together as Americans to fight an unseen enemy. However, after weeks of refusing to call the House back into session, Nancy Pelosi brought Members of Congress back to vote on a bill that has zero chance of becoming law and only achieves the wishes of her socialist base. I cannot support a nearly $3 trillion-dollar bill loaded with liberal proposals and unrelated pork. The so-called “HEROES” Act funds the National Endowment for the Arts, awards federal dollars to illegal sanctuary cities, and subsidizes the abortion industry. Furthermore, this legislation bails out mismanaged states like New York and Illinois, at the expense of taxpayers in Colorado. I will continue working with President Trump and my Republican colleagues to eradicate the coronavirus and help hard working Americans safely return to their jobs.”

The HEROES Act allows for:

More Wasteful Spending

  • $125 Million to National Science Foundation
  • $50 Million to Legal Services Corporation
  • $50 Million to the EPA for “environmental justice grants”
  • $10 Million to National Endowment of the Arts

Anti Work Provisions

  • Unemployment incentives that will make it more profitable for individuals not to return to work i.e. extending the $600/ weekly increase to unemployment benefits

Incentives for Illegal Immigration

  • Releases almost all ICE detainees, resulting in a near-cessation of immigration enforcement
  • Awards federal funding to illegal sanctuary cities
  • Prevents the deportation of illegal immigrants
  • Extends Medicaid coverage to illegal aliens

Wholesale Election Law Changes

  • Federalizes the ENTIRE election process and takes power away from the states
  • Permits same-day voter registration (nationwide) which would length voter lines and increase the potential for fraud
  • Codifies ballot harvesting
  • Prevents states from having voter ID requirements

Prisoner Release

  • Provides get-out-of-jail-free cards for certain prisoners, including: prisoners over 50, juveniles, inmates with health conditions

In addition, the HEROES Act includes:

  • $1 Trillion in bailout funding to state, local, and territorial governments
  • $25 million bailout to the U.S. postal service
  • $10,000 in federal student loan forgiveness
  • An additional, broader, untargeted round of $1,200 economic impact payments