• Did Freedom Win? No
  • Voted for Freedom 6
  • Voted Against Freedom 89
We oppose this legislation for two primary reasons. The first is that both the consolidated appropriations legislation and the COVID-19 relief were negotiated primarily between Democratic and Republican leadership and the White House, with little input from duly elected representatives and senators.

It has become routine to push must-pass appropriations legislation to their deadlines instead of following a deliberative legislative process that can produce a product that truly reflects the will of Congress as a whole. This is a wholesale abandonment of the role of Congress as envisioned by the framers of our Constitution in Article I, and it’s past time to draw the line.

The second reason we oppose this legislation is because of the budget deficit. Congress ended FY 2020 with a budget deficit of $3.1 trillion. In September, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that the budget deficit for FY 2021 would be $1.8 trillion. Although we applaud Senator Toomey’s successful effort to rescind some of the money provided for Federal Reserve lending programs in the CARES Act, even with those recessions, the budget deficit will now exceed $2 trillion in FY 2021.

The federal budget outlook shows that America is already on an unsustainable path. Over the course of just one generation, from 2000-2020, the debt owed by the federal government (and thus, by its individual citizens via taxes) has risen from roughly $5.5 trillion to over $27.5 trillion. It’s wholly irresponsible for Congress to continue spending like there will be no consequences. This is a shameful moment, and our children and grandchildren will pay a price for Congress’s fiscal profligacy.

Finally, continuing to string along these massive COVID-19 bailout packages periodically is merely enabling states to continue with their unjustified lockdown regimens, which collectively have been one of the most incredible government violations of individual freedom in modern history.

Another wave of relief checks may be necessary, but they won’t repair the long-term damage caused as people lose their businesses, their employment, their livelihoods. These COVID-19 lockdowns and bailouts thus far have largely constituted an incredible transfer of wealth from American workers and small businesses to whatever industries and companies managed to be deemed “essential,” and it’s time Congress stopped participating in the farce.

Legislator's Votes

Voted for Freedom

Ted Cruz

Senator TX

Ted Cruz

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Ron Johnson

Senator WI

Ron Johnson

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Mike Lee

Senator UT

Mike Lee

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Session Score 100%
Rand Paul

Senator KY

Rand Paul

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Rick Scott

Senator FL

Rick Scott

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes

Voted Against Freedom

Tammy Baldwin

Senator WI

Tammy Baldwin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
John Barrasso

Senator WY

John Barrasso

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Roy Blunt

Senator MO

Roy Blunt

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Cory Booker

Senator NJ

Cory Booker

  • Voted for Freedom? No
John Boozman

Senator AR

John Boozman

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mike Braun

Senator IN

Mike Braun

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Sherrod Brown

Senator OH

Sherrod Brown

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Richard Burr

Senator NC

Richard Burr

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Ben Cardin

Senator MD

Ben Cardin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Tom Carper

Senator DE

Tom Carper

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Bob Casey

Senator PA

Bob Casey

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Bill Cassidy

Senator LA

Bill Cassidy

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Susan Collins

Senator ME

Susan Collins

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Chris Coons

Senator DE

Chris Coons

  • Voted for Freedom? No
John Cornyn

Senator TX

John Cornyn

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Tom Cotton

Senator AR

Tom Cotton

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Kevin Cramer

Senator ND

Kevin Cramer

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mike Crapo

Senator ID

Mike Crapo

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Steve Daines

Senator MT

Steve Daines

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Dick Durbin

Senator IL

Dick Durbin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Joni Ernst

Senator IA

Joni Ernst

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Deb Fischer

Senator NE

Deb Fischer

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Cory Gardner

Senator CO

Cory Gardner

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Session Score 0%
Maggie Hassan

Senator NH

Maggie Hassan

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Josh Hawley

Senator MO

Josh Hawley

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mazie Hirono

Senator HI

Mazie Hirono

  • Voted for Freedom? No
John Hoeven

Senator ND

John Hoeven

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Jim Inhofe

Senator OK

Jim Inhofe

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Tim Kaine

Senator VA

Tim Kaine

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mark Kelly

Senator AZ

Mark Kelly

  • Voted for Freedom? No
John Kennedy

Senator LA

John Kennedy

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Angus King

Senator ME

Angus King

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Amy Klobuchar

Senator MN

Amy Klobuchar

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Patrick Leahy

Senator VT

Patrick Leahy

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Joe Manchin

Senator WV

Joe Manchin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Ed Markey

Senator MA

Ed Markey

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Bob Menendez

Senator NJ

Bob Menendez

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Jeff Merkley

Senator OR

Jeff Merkley

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Jerry Moran

Senator KS

Jerry Moran

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Chris Murphy

Senator CT

Chris Murphy

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Patty Murray

Senator WA

Patty Murray

  • Voted for Freedom? No
David Perdue

Senator GA

David Perdue

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Session Score 0%
Gary Peters

Senator MI

Gary Peters

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Rob Portman

Senator OH

Rob Portman

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Session Score 63.6%
Jack Reed

Senator RI

Jack Reed

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Jim Risch

Senator ID

Jim Risch

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Pat Roberts

Senator KS

Pat Roberts

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Session Score 0%
Mitt Romney

Senator UT

Mitt Romney

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Jacky Rosen

Senator NV

Jacky Rosen

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Marco Rubio

Senator FL

Marco Rubio

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Session Score 100%
Ben Sasse

Senator NE

Ben Sasse

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Brian Schatz

Senator HI

Brian Schatz

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Chuck Schumer

Senator NY

Chuck Schumer

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Tim Scott

Senator SC

Tim Scott

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Tina Smith

Senator MN

Tina Smith

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Dan Sullivan

Senator AK

Dan Sullivan

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Jon Tester

Senator MT

Jon Tester

  • Voted for Freedom? No
John Thune

Senator SD

John Thune

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Thom Tillis

Senator NC

Thom Tillis

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Pat Toomey

Senator PA

Pat Toomey

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mark Warner

Senator VA

Mark Warner

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Roger Wicker

Senator MS

Roger Wicker

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Ron Wyden

Senator OR

Ron Wyden

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Todd Young

Senator IN

Todd Young

  • Voted for Freedom? No

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