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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Beatty Strongly Supports Budget Reconciliation

Feb 4, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) voted yesterday in support of  H.Con.Res. 11, a piece of legislation that sets in motion the process of budget reconciliation to help expediate consideration of another comprehensive COVID-19 relief package. Prior to the vote, Beatty addressed the nation from the House floor. A transcript of her remarks are as follows:

Mr. Speaker, what I am going to say is for the American people because for the past year the American people’s lives and livelihoods have been turned upside-down from COVID-19.

Whether contracting the virus, losing their job, working on the front lines, at the risk of eviction, or struggling to keep their businesses open, many of my constituents, Republicans and Democrats, have been forced to make unimaginable decisions and sacrifices.

In response, Congress passed the strong bipartisan CARES Act. However, 10 months later, the virus is still wreaking havoc on our way of life—in large part due to the failures of the prior administration.

So, here we are righting the wrongs and, under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi and the Biden-Harris Administration, we are doing just that.

We must meet the moment and bookend this pandemic with a big, bold package to ensure workers, families, and small businesses have the support and resources to break through the dark winter and start the process to Build Back Better.

Think about this Mr. Speaker:

Who’s against extending emergency unemployment?

Who’s against providing another round of direct stimulus checks?

Who’s against offering rental assistance to ensure no family is forced to live on the streets?

Who’s against instituting a quicker rollout and production of vaccines, after the disastrous rollout, or lack thereof, by the previous administration?

Who’s against expanding funds for childcare and increasing the child tax credit?

Who’s against giving aid to the very states and localities we represent?

I say to my colleagues: think about what your constituents have cried out for. Think about what they are losing.

Let’s give our constituents hope. Let’s join together to meet the moment. Not for us. For the American people. For our economy. For the future.”

An archived recording of Beatty’s full address can be viewed on YouTube

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