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NEW RESEARCH: Republicans Who Oppose Reconciliation for COVID Relief Have a History of Supporting It for GOP Priorities Like Tax Cuts for the Rich and ACA Repeal

By February 1, 2021No Comments

Washington, DC — New research released today by Protect Our Care shows Republicans who are against using budget reconciliation to prevent a GOP filibuster and pass vital COVID relief had no problem supporting the process when it came to slashing taxes for the rich or attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The group of 10 Republican senators who are meeting with President Biden to discuss their woefully inadequate COVID relief had no qualms previously voting for, and in some cases, enthusiastically supporting reconciliation to move forward their own agenda. In response, Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse issued the following statement:

“The hypocrisy of this group of Republican senators is staggering. Not only are they woefully low balling the president on his plan to help Americans struggling to make ends meet, they’re also claiming that using reconciliation to deliver much needed COVID relief would ‘poison the well,’ despite supporting its use when Republicans controlled the Senate for far more partisan measures like ACA repeal and tax cuts for the rich. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan proposals are overwhelmingly popular and will help pull us out of the pandemic, but Republicans are more interested in playing politics than ending the worst public health crisis Americans have faced in more than a century.” 

Read the full report here.