Hurd Votes Against Partisan COVID-19 Bill

May 15, 2020
Press Release
‘I believe the way we, as a country, solve problems is by empowering people not the government. Unfortunately, the HEROES Act does the exact opposite.’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) today voted against Democrats’ partisan, $3 trillion legislation masked as a Coronavirus relief package. His statement is below.

“I believe the way we, as a country, solve problems is by empowering people not the government. Unfortunately, the HEROES Act does the exact opposite. This partisan piece of legislation tries to centralize power within the federal government by encouraging people to stay unemployed rather than seek work thus making them more dependent on the government.

“As a country, we can protect public health and restart the economy at the same time, however, this bill reflects many congressional Democrats’ belief that the only way to deal with this pandemic is to keep people from working. Previous aid packages had been bipartisan, collaborative and successful, but this package of political statements was written with little input or debate.

“More federal support in many areas will be needed, especially to help states and local governments modernize their digital infrastructure to more efficiently provide needed services to all Americans, but these types of decisions should be made the way the previous COVID19 relief packages were made—in a bipartisan, bicameral way.”