Congressman Biggs Votes to Protect America’s Financial Solvency
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This package was the third in what could be a series of four or five. Congressman Biggs voted to protect America’s financial solvency and issued the following statement:
“In this unprecedented time of crisis and chaos, Americans should be able to find leadership in Congress. Unfortunately, in process and policy, Congress has failed the nation with this package.
“Over the past three weeks, I have continually been in contact with state and local businesses, families and individuals to access the needs of my constituents. Although not part of the negotiating team, I provided pages of alternative suggestions, and introduced legislation to address these issues. We are finding out that the CARES Act contains provisions that have nothing to do with direct and meaningful relief for Americans.
“Bad process leads to bad policy, and there are many bad policies in this package. Billions of dollars are being allocated for projects that have nothing to do with the intended purpose of this package. The unemployment insurance provision may actually incentivize some Americans not to work in the near future.
“To that end, I introduced my own bill, the ‘Responsible Relief for Americans Act,’ to provide Americans with regulatory relief, a payment holiday for mortgages, common sense tax reforms for small businesses, additional health care flexibility through health savings accounts, and a delay of the 2019 tax filing deadline. These provisions will provide meaningful and direct relief to millions of Americans suffering through this government-imposed shutdown.
“Many individuals may be upset with my position on this package. I understand the pain that is being experienced by thousands across my district. Every day, I am talking to constituents who have lost their jobs, business owners who are considering a permanent closure of their establishments, or local officials who are powerless to stop this economic devastation. But I have talked to many who have warned against the future perils of enacting these unprecedented spending packages with little debate or consideration for our debt and deficit. These factors matter, too.
“I could not in good conscience support legislation that fails to address the immediate needs of families, individuals, and small businesses, while adding trillions of dollars to our debt.”
Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.