Several Democrats in the House are voting against Speaker Pelosi’s $3 trillion coronavirus bill.
Abigail Spanberger of Virginia
Joe Cunningham of South Carolina
Kendra Horn of Oklahoma
Cindy Axne of Iowa
Ben McAdams of Utah
Pramila Jayapal of Connecticut
Fox News reports several Democrats are bucking their party and voting against Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill in the House on Friday.
Some moderate members in swing districts — including Reps. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, Cindy Axne of Iowa and Ben McAdams of Utah– ripped the massive measure as a one-sided partisan bill that is going nowhere.
And there’s resistance in the most liberal wing of the party, too, where some say the $3 trillion measure isn’t big enough. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said her “no” vote was “difficult” but the bill fell short on ensuring Americans continued to get paychecks and had access to health care.
At least one Republican, Rep. Peter King of New York, is bucking the GOP and supporting the legislation that will give nearly $1 trillion to state and local governments reeling from coronavirus budget holes.
“I can be as much a red state person as anyone. But now we’re talking about survival. And this is no place for politics. There’s a lot in the bill that I disagree with, but Mitch McConnell refuses to bring up aid to state and local governments. New York will absolutely collapse if that aid money is not there,” King told Fox News.
The Democratic Party defectors first appeared during a vote Friday morning when 14 Democrats voted against their party on a procedural resolution, including moderates, progressives and the liberal freshman squad: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.
Ocasio-Cortez, whose Bronx and Queens district has been especially hard hit by the virus, said the bill is a “mixed bag” with positive funding for hard-hit state and local governments but falls shorts on direct assistance and health care.
“Do I think it should be bolder? Yes,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters outside the Capitol, wearing a “Medicare For All” blue mask. “Do I think there should be more, especially as a starting offer. Absolutely. But I do anticipate that there’s going to be some sort of deal on the other end.”