Congressman Lamborn Opposes $2 Trillion CARES Act

March 28, 2020
Press Release

Contact: Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the United States House of Representatives passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, a bill of more than $2.2 trillion dollars. This is the single-largest spending bill ever passed by the House of Representatives.

Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:

“I understand the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting Americans from every walk of life and have voted for all previous coronavirus supplemental legislation. However, I cannot in good faith support a more than two trillion-dollar spending bill, the largest appropriations bill in American history. I do not believe it is necessary for our country to go further into debt to send a check to every adult. That particular type of aid should be much more targeted to individuals who have suffered negative or harmful consequences from COVID-19.

“While this bill contains many good provisions that I support and believe will help address both the health and economic crisis facing our nation, it is also filled with numerous unrelated liberal priorities. This bloated bill contains $350 million for refugee assistance, and $25 million for the Kennedy Center, $75 million for public broadcasting, $88 million for the Peace Corps, $1 billion for Amtrak, $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities and $13 million for Howard University. Legislation regarding the coronavirus should not fund liberal wish lists or put Washington before middle America. This bill continues an alarming trend of ballooning deficits and fiscal irresponsibility and does not contain any future cost-cutting measures. Moving forward, we must pass a balanced budget amendment and work to cut federal spending in order to offset a soaring federal deficit.”