The U.S. House passed the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Cash (CASH Act) last evening; Tennessee’s representatives faced a partisan split on the bill. The act tacks on $1,400 to the $600 payments within the massive year-end package signed by President Trump on Sunday.
The CASH Act passed in the House with a majority of 275 to 134, and 21 abstained from voting. One of the representatives who abstained from voting was Representative David (Phil) Roe (R-TN-01). Of all House Republicans, 44 voted for the act, and 130 voted against it.
The rest of Tennessee’s Republican representatives voted no: Tim Burchett (R-TN-02), Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03), Mark Green (R-TN-07), David Kustoff (R-TN-08), and John Rose (R-TN-06).
Burchett tweeted a video response following his vote.
“I voted no twice [for] $400 Billion with no offsets and blocking our ability to bring our troops home,” wrote Burchett.
— Tim Burchett (@timburchett) December 28, 2020
In a statement to The Tennessee Star, Fleischmann added that the bill didn’t address the excess spending previously pointed out by President Donald Trump.
“Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi refused to include a reduction in wasteful spending, instead she introduced a bill that only adds to our national deficit,” said Fleischmann. “I have been talking to and listening to my constituents and I believe we can find better ways to deliver targeted relief to the American people. I have voted for several bipartisan COVID relief packages and will continue to look at options to support my constituents as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) and Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) both voted yes on the bill.
Cohen praised the bill for increasing the stimulus check amount.
“#StimulusChecks are good fiscal policy & good humanity. Too many have suffered and direct payments will help ppl take a stab at making ends meet,” wrote Cohen. “I was glad to vote for $2k checks today & I look forward to the next relief deal under a new admin. #CASHAct[.]”
“Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP,” wrote Trump. “$600 IS NOT ENOUGH! Also, get rid of Section 230 – Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough!”
Unless Republicans have a death wish, and it is also the right thing to do, they must approve the $2000 payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH! Also, get rid of Section 230 – Don’t let Big Tech steal our Country, and don’t let the Democrats steal the Presidential Election. Get tough! https://t.co/GMotstu7OI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2020
It is unclear when or if the Senate will vote on the CASH Act.
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