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Higgins: Democrats' $2T COVID Package Unjustified, Fiscally Irresponsible

February 3, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) called out Democrats for pushing a massive $1.9 trillion stimulus package while more than $1 trillion of previously appropriated COVID relief funds remain unspent.
 
As scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the total cost of stimulus laws enacted over the last year amounts to $3.7 trillion. More than $1 trillion of available budgetary resources remain to be spent. Examples of remaining funds include:

  • SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program - $280 billion
  • Health Spending - $239 billion
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans - $172 billion
  • Unemployment Insurance Expansion - $172 billion
  • Education Funding - $59 billion
  • State and Local Aid - $58 billion
  • Stimulus Checks - $52 billion
  • Food Stamps - $33 billion
  • Child Care and Development Block Grants - $10 billion
  • Agriculture - $29 billion

  
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

“There’s over $1 trillion in unspent relief funding that has already been appropriated. That is money already available for economic recovery and the public health response. The Democrat plan to spend another $2 trillion is completely unjustified. It’s fiscally irresponsible. They’re using this bill to ram through unrelated provisions that would destroy small businesses and provide bailouts for Democrat-run state and local governments who’ve mismanaged their budgets for decades.”