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North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act

Floor Speech

Date: Oct. 1, 2020
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. RUTHERFORD. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman from Texas for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in disbelief--disbelief--that we are back here again wasting Americans' time considering a stimulus package that has absolutely no chance of ever becoming law. The first Heroes Act was bad enough, and this version may actually be worse.

Unfortunately, the Speaker wrote this bill without any input from the rest of Congress. Americans want a bipartisan response, and we stand ready to deliver it, but that is impossible when the Speaker writes bills all on her own.

Now, whether they will admit it or not, I know my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are equally disappointed with this partisan process. In fact, 21 Democrats signed on to a letter urging the Speaker to work with Republicans to find a compromise, and yet here we go again with a 2,000-page version of the Heroes Act filled with the same radical proposals and poison pills that, again, I cannot support.

Here are the facts: The Heroes Act provides PPP loans to bail out Planned Parenthood, bans States from legislating their own voter ID laws, releases illegal immigrants from prison and then allows them to receive stimulus checks from the government. Also, it releases thousands of Federal inmates back out onto the street. It even defunds police support that was in the previous bill.

A Heroes Act? Hardly. These are just a few of the reasons why, as a former first responder, I could never support this legislation.

There is a solution I support, and it is sitting right on the Speaker's desk waiting to be brought to the floor. My colleagues introduced a simple, clean piece of legislation to make available another round of PPP loans with the $137 billion that is left in that program. Who in this Congress would not support that?

Mr. Speaker, I urge Speaker Pelosi to bring a bipartisan bill to the floor so we can get assistance to those struggling American families who deserve our support.