Representative Bradley Byrne

Representing the 1st District of Alabama

Byrne: Partisan Pelosi Coronavirus Relief Bill “Cynical, Would Make Things Worse”

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Oct 1, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) released the following statement after Speaker Pelosi advanced a doomed Democrat messaging bill. Pelosi, despite promising on July 26th the House would not adjourn without a bipartisan deal, is scheduled to send her caucus home tomorrow through the November election without reaching any agreement.

Byrne said: “Instead of fixing a problem, Speaker Pelosi’s pandering, cynical ‘relief’ legislation would make things worse. Instead of ‘protecting our heroes’ as Pelosi’s talking points repeat ad nauseum, this bill would endanger communities by slashing police funding and releasing federal prisoners, harm working families by giving amnesty and stimulus checks to illegal immigrants, hurt small businesses by paying people more to stay at home than work, and jeopardize the lives of the unborn by funneling small business aid to Planned Parenthood. The bill is also packed with unrelated provisions, including legalizing marijuana banking, giving a tax break to millionaires living in places like New York City and Los Angeles, and providing for election mandates on states designed to help Democrats. We should truly and in good faith be working to help people, not playing games.”

Among its many other harmful provisions, the Democrat COVID-19 bill:

  • Defunds the police by removing $600 million from the original Heroes Act intended for the COPS Hiring program and state and local law enforcement assistance.
  • Mandates a blanket release for certain covered federal prisoners and alleged criminals, while imposing a high burden for the government to prove they present a risk of harm to society upon release.
  • Allows illegal immigrants to receive direct stimulus payments by not requiring social security number verification.
  • Provides “deferred action” and work authorization during the emergency declaration and for 90 days after for illegal aliens working in jobs that could be held by out of work Americans.
  • Removes safeguards in the Paycheck Protection Program that would prevent taxpayer money from bailing out Planned Parenthood.
  • Provides “deferred action” and work authorization during the emergency declaration and for 90 days after for illegal aliens working in jobs that could be held by out of work Americans.
  • Allows the marijuana industry to access banking services and products.
  • Federalizes elections, with less than five weeks to election day, by including stringent, impossible to achieve mandates on how states must run elections, including early voting, no ID requirement for in-person voting, same-day registration, and no excuse vote by mail without safeguards or restrictions on ballot harvesting.