Rep. Zeldin Statement on Pelosi Coronavirus Bill
WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the bipartisan Congressional Coronavirus Task Force and bipartisan Opening Up America Again Congressional Group, issued the following statement in advance of tomorrow’s House vote that Rep. Zeldin will be voting against on the current draft of Speaker Pelosi’s $3 trillion, over 1,800 page legislation:
"This massive $3 trillion, 1,800+ page bill is a one House messaging bill that was crafted without bipartisanship, debate, vetting, discussion or compromise. This is not how to legislate. The only legislation that will provide Long Islanders coronavirus relief is legislation that can get over the finish line. Instead, Speaker Pelosi is wasting time, unilaterally dictating legislation, and further delaying real relief for Long Island.
“The partisan proposals unrelated to coronavirus only make this bill worse and dead on arrival outside of the House. Pelosi’s proposal includes a massive prison release, the ability for people illegally in our country to receive stimulus checks, an unemployment insurance provision that would keep too many people out of the workforce for almost another year and thwart our economic recovery, and drastic election changes that will open the door for voter fraud by legalizing ballot harvesting throughout America, banning voter ID nationally, and far more.
“We must concentrate coronavirus relief towards the areas hardest hit - like Long Island. Instead, this bill provides massive funding for local governments least affected and provides governments that are affected with far more than they are even asking for.
“This $3,000,000,000,000 bill has a zero percent chance of becoming law as written, for all of the reasons I stated and many more. A few components of this bill, including the elimination of the cap on the State and Local Tax deduction, could become part of a starting point for negotiations with a different approach. It's important for Congress to learn its lessons from the past and craft future legislation that doesn't spend excessive money giving stimulus checks to individuals and entities that aren't even experiencing financial hardship. We must combat coronavirus not as Republicans first or Democrats first, but as Americans first."