WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed says he will vote “no” on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package as currently presented to the House.
Reed made his intentions known during his weekly press conference call. The Republican says that he disagrees with how Congress would distribute the funding in areas like direct stimulus payments.
“Because they’ve (Democratic majority) decided to do a partisan approach to this, not take any type of improvements or work with us in good faith to target this money appropriately and make sure it’s going to where it needs to go, I’m not going to be supporting the $1.9 trillion dollars coming from the house,” Reed said.
The Congressman, however, says that his stance could still change before the House votes, which is scheduled to occur on Friday.
“I haven’t given up hope that maybe we can tweak this, maybe we can continue, so if it’s changed significantly, maybe even in the House, (I’d) be open to supporting it,” Reed said. “All indications are we will not see that happen.”
Reed explains that the bill could be amended into a different piece of legislation after review and approval in the U.S. Senate.
The Congressman says he and other members of Congress are attempting to include several amendments to the proposed package, including the exclusion of “convicted felons, child molesters and others” from consideration for receiving a $1,400 direct payment.
If the House passes the bill, the U.S. Senate will then debate and vote on the legislation. Officials hope that the legislation will be signed into law by President Biden before Mar. 14, the date that several unemployment extensions and enhancements will expire.