Congressman Matt Gaetz Issues Statement Following Stimulus Package and Omnibus Bill House Votes

December 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, US Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement in response to the US House of Representatives' passage of a government funding bill for fiscal year 2021 and a COVID-19 relief package:


"Democrats quietly acknowledged the outlandish provisions in their omnibus legislation tonight by splitting their original legislation into two separate votes. I voted “yes” on the half of the bill which funds our military and provides a pay raise for the brave men and women who serve America. I voted “no” on the second half of the spending bill, which provides windfalls to corporate special interests, while simultaneously shortchanging American citizens .


While the Defense/Homeland Security/CJS/FSGG bill is not perfect, it provides crucial support for our servicemembers, and it gives America’s armed forces the tools they need to succeed, both now and in the future. It also did not place arbitrary and unfair limits on the President’s authority to withdraw troops — and to draw down endless, unconstitutional wars. 


The other half of the Democrats’ bill, however, denies a simple truth — no amount of government-sponsored generational theft will do our people better than an open economy. It continues to subsidize the heartless, reactionary lockdown ideology of Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer’s political allies. 


America’s struggling workers should be prioritized over gender-specific programs in Pakistan or anti-narcotics programs in Bruma, or money for Ukraine (all of which are funded in this bill). It doubles down on many failed Democrat policies, giving special interests billions of dollars in perks, while giving our fellow Americans a paltry payment of only $600. America deserves better than this swamp sludge," Congressman Gaetz said.