|Key Point: “House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is again touting money for projects that were funded by President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package last year — a bill she voted against…
Stefanik has done this before, touting the receipt of another $1 million Rural Development Grant back in August.”
|POLITICO: “Elise Stefanik is touting $12.9 million to support rural hospitals in her district. The source of that funding? Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid aid package — which she voted against last year.”
What’s happening: House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is again touting money for projects that were funded by President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package last year — a bill she voted against.
The details: In a press release Tuesday, the No. 3 House Republican announced $12.9 million for five hospitals within her district, in the form of Rural Development Grants from the Department of Agriculture.“This significant investment will help bolster rural hospitals in Upstate New York and the North Country after lost revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic, help address the physician shortage, and ensure these hospitals can continue to meet our community’s healthcare needs.” — Rep. Elise Stefanik in a press release
The catch: The money that’s funding the hospitals was made available through Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which Congress passed back in March 2021. Stefanik was one of 212 Republicans that voted against the package in a party-line vote, describing it as a “Far-Left wish list.”
A repeating pattern: Stefanik has done this before, touting the receipt of another $1 million Rural Development Grant back in August.
Stefanik is one of multiple Republicans to applaud funding from a bill they voted against — a pattern that the president himself has mocked. Stefanik and other Republicans framed the bill as a far-left measure that would ‘give stimulus checks to prisoners and illegal immigrants.’ The Covid aid package was widely popular with the public, with high approval ratings specifically among Democrats and Independents.
Word from the White House: “After trying to sell middle class families out to Big Pharma and fighting to raise insurance premiums for working families, it’s no surprise that Rep. Stefanik and House Republicans are trying to take credit for President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ work to protect rural hospitals,” said White House assistant press secretary Robyn Patterson.
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