|If you were wondering why Kevin McCarthy is the latest Republican to start touting parts of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan after working so hard to block it, look no further than today’s reporting in the Washington Post revealing that his constituents are among those who have benefited the most.
Washington Post: “Biden’s aid programs help buttress McCarthy’s district despite GOP leader’s complaints about ‘socialist’ spending”
- “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has spent months accusing President Biden of pushing excessive government spending, denouncing it as ‘socialism.’ But a Washington Post analysis finds that McCarthy’s constituents are among those who have benefited most from the very programs he’s decried, with high poverty levels and a younger population creating acute needs for individual and family aid.”
- “An unusually large share of children in McCarthy’s district stand to benefit from the expanded child tax credit included in the American Rescue Plan he opposed — more than 93 percent, the seventh-highest proportion in California, according to figures reviewed by The Post.”
- “Even as McCarthy has railed against the extension of enhanced unemployment benefits in the law, his region has been among the slowest in the state to recover from the pandemic-induced economic crisis. The unemployment rate in his region was still at double digits in March, while it had fallen into the single digits in California and the nation as a whole, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
- “‘[McCarthy]’s for rich people … I’m a poor person, he’s not for me,’ said Shirley Stewart, 79, a lifelong resident who said she used to work in the local fields picking cotton. ‘We need help, and who’s going to help us?’”