Sen. Romney on his no vote for the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package

Senator Mitt Romney spoke about the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending package and wondered why the U.S. is sending money to states that have seen a rise in revenue during the past year. 

“There was an assumption states had massive revenue losses associated with the COVID-19 experience, but the data that has come out since then shows many states did not. Twenty-one states are seeing a rise in revenue. California has record surpluses, billions of dollars in surplus. And yet under the President’s COVID-19 stimulus bill, California will get tens of billions of dollars. Think about that. We’re going to be asking the American people to allow us to borrow money from China, pass that on to our kids and grandkids, so that we can send money to states that don’t need the money! That doesn’t make any sense at all.”

“I voted against the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package because it’s full of wasteful spending unrelated to urgent pandemic needs. Republicans, in good faith, sought to negotiate a compromise bill that would have targeted COVID assistance to those who really need it. It’s disappointing that the Administration and Democrats chose to push through a partisan plan that borrows money for states that don’t need it and adds to the national debt.”

Watch here for Sen. Romney’s statement on excess spending: