• Did Freedom Win? No
  • Voted for Freedom 8
  • Voted Against Freedom 87
This bill, the final version of which was pushed through the House mere minutes after the backroom “deal” was announced to members, costs tens of billions of dollars and creates mandates on private business, the effects of which would last far beyond the scope of the coronavirus pandemic.

As Rep. Ken Buck perfectly put it Saturday at 1:06 AM on Twitter after voting “no” on the bill in the House, “Nancy Pelosi squandered days trying to push wishlist items on us rather than engaging in a meaningful bipartisan discussion. This bill is a 110-page, multi-billion-dollar boondoggle shoved on us at the stroke of midnight.”

This bill came to the floor without any committee discussion or debate in the primary committee of jurisdiction and without opportunity for amendments. Not only that, but the bill also was the result of a full day of closed-door, high-level discussions that left members — who only want to find real ways that the government can enhance our nation’s coronavirus response to best help citizens — completely in the dark on what they would be voting on. Of course, the final product affects all constituents. The process for this bill is only one of the concerns we have, though.

At the beginning of March, Congress bipartisanly appropriated more than $8 billion in emergency funding for the purpose of dealing with the spread of COVID-19, and it’s not clear where all of that funding is headed. The open-ended boondoggle that H.R. 6201 would create will certainly come with another tremendous price tag, although it is difficult to estimate how big because it is being advanced too fast for the Congressional Budget Office to even make an estimate.

The budget deficit for FY 2020 is already projected to be in excess of $1 trillion. This doesn’t include additional supplemental spending that has already been approved by Congress, including the more than $8 billion passed last week without any offsets. Without question, Congress utterly failed to spend at responsible levels during this long period of sustained economic growth and properly plan for an inevitable economic slowdown.

Furthermore, it is deceitful of House Democrats to attempt to fast-track a bill to deal with a serious problem like the nationwide concern over coronavirus, which is not much more than a wishlist of government programs and policies that they would, make no mistake, like to see made permanent. These programs and policies include an increase in the Federal Matching Assistance Program (FMAP) formula for Medicaid, massive expansions of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and mandated paid leave of multiple varieties.

To make matters worse, many of these policies in the bill directly and unfairly harm small- and mid-sized businesses, with carveouts for large-sized employers. For example, the employer paid leave mandates requires every employer who does not have 500 or more employees to pay all workers who have been employed for at least 30 days, up to three months leave — full pay up to two weeks and no less than two-thirds pay for each week thereafter, up to a total of 12 weeks.

Some members are even proposing further initiatives such as halting student loan debt collection or offering forms of mortgage forgiveness in connection with the coronavirus. Needless to say, these are clearly politically-driven issues that, if they are to be entertained in Congress, should have real debates where opponents and proponents can make their case for or against them on their merits or lack thereof.

Although the bill tailors most of these types of policy changes to apply only to COVID-19 or during the duration of the related emergency declaration, it represents a significant political step towards setting a precedent for having such policies at all times, not just in crisis. The very real panic in our country and around the world about coronavirus should absolutely not be used for political expediency to advance what are, in our view, tragically harmful policies.

Legislator's Votes

Voted for Freedom

Jim Inhofe

Senator OK

Jim Inhofe

  • 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
Ben Sasse

Senator NE

Ben Sasse

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Tim Scott

Senator SC

Tim 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
Ted Cruz

Senator TX

Ted Cruz

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Steve Daines

Senator MT

Steve Daines

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Dick Durbin

Senator IL

Dick Durbin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mike Enzi

Senator WY

Mike Enzi

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Session Score 0%
Joni Ernst

Senator IA

Joni Ernst

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Deb Fischer

Senator NE

Deb Fischer

  • Voted for Freedom? No
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
Tim Kaine

Senator VA

Tim Kaine

  • 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
Mike Rounds

Senator SD

Mike Rounds

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Marco Rubio

Senator FL

Marco Rubio

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Session Score 100%
Brian Schatz

Senator HI

Brian Schatz

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Chuck Schumer

Senator NY

Chuck Schumer

  • 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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