Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Currently, the Paycheck Protection Program is supporting 1.6 million small businesses and 30 million American jobs. H.R. 266 provides nearly $500 billion for small businesses, health care providers, and expanded testing, including $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program and $60 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and grants, including $50 billion for EIDL, $10 billion for grants up to $10,000 per business, $75 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers and $25 billion to expand testing.
LaMalfa also voted against H. Res. 935, which would have established a Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The subcommittee’s 12 Members would have been made up of seven Democrats and five Republicans at the sole discretion of the Speaker of the House.
LaMalfa said: “Since the beginning of April, the administration has been telling Congress it needed more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program. While I’m glad the House could finally support our small businesses, the two weeks of partisan spectacle from this Democrat majority have caused irreversible damage to local restaurants, hairdressers and bookstores. Rather than simply support the president’s bipartisan request, Democrats have used their majority in the House to spend irresponsibly. In addition, Democrats attempted to use this national pandemic to form their own Select Oversight Subcommittee, whose members would be chosen by the speaker with a required Democrat supermajority. The House currently has committees in place that conduct oversight. This new subcommittee will be duplicative and likely biased towards the majority’s political interests.
“Congress has a duty to come back to regular order and do our job. With today’s passage, it is time for the country to begin following the guidance laid out by the Trump administration to safely reopen the economy. This government-mandated closure of our country is not ‘the new normal.”