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Wenstrup Statement on Non-Offset Relief Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) issued the following statement after voting on the CASH Act of 2020:

“The recently-passed bipartisan, bicameral COVID relief legislation provided targeted assistance to the American people in the form of direct cash payments, enhanced unemployment insurance, and an expanded earned income tax credit. There may be room for additional assistance in the coming months, and it should come in the form of more precisely targeted relief to those most in need as well as efforts to get individuals back to work, rather than blanket benefits for many who may not need them but qualify based off outdated data.

“According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the CASH Act would cost $463.8 billion in taxpayer funding. With that sum, we could increase assistance to our small businesses that are struggling through the Paycheck Protection Program, increase direct food assistance to needy families, and increase resources to distribute PPE to frontline healthcare workers and the vaccine to all Americans who want it.

“Should the Speaker wish to pass this legislation, she should offset it with the President’s request to rescind certain foreign aid funding. However, without such an offset, I could not support this additional deficit spending.”