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Committee Democrats Waste Hearing on Hyper-Partisan Wish List

Washington, July 7, 2020 -

Today, the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy, led by Ranking Republican French Hill (AR-02), held a virtual legislative hearing on H.R. 6918, a bill to hold workers and their employers hostage unless they consent to a Democrat wish list of social mandates. This legislation introduced by Congresswoman Jayapal—which was too extreme for Speaker Pelosi to include in the partisan HEROES Act—is another attempt by Democrats to exploit this crisis to move their socialist agenda.

Watch highlights from Ranking Republican Hill and Ranking Republican McHenry’s opening remarks here, or by clicking the image above.

In his opening remarks, Subcommittee Ranking Republican Hill spoke about the time being wasted focusing on this partisan legislation:

“However, we’re using our very limited subcommittee time to discuss a partisan bill, sponsored by a Member not on this committee… It’s just disappointing that there are plenty of bipartisan bills that we should notice and have influence over our direct work in international institutions, sanctions, and monetary policy.”

In his opening remarks, Ranking Republican Patrick McHenry (NC-10) spoke about Democrats’ decision to prioritize politics, rather than bipartisan solutions:

“The frustrating part is to listen to the opening statement and to recognize that this serves as a legislative hearing on a bill that represents what is absolutely wrong with this Congress.

They want to be hyper-partisan, rather than trying to remake the bipartisan success of the CARES Act. … What they want to do is just up the ante because they view it as good politics.

“We’re here today considering a partisan COVID response bill …  that seeks to hold American workers and employees hostage, unless they consent to a laundry list of unpopular social mandates from the far left wing. This bill that this hearing’s about is so far to the left that it wasn’t even part of that left-wing package called the HEROES Act. A couple of Democrats weren’t even willing to go along with that partisan approach.”

Witness list:

  • Lisa D. Cook, Professor, Department of Economics, James Madison College, Michigan State University
  • Lily Eskelen García, President, National Education Association
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Professor of Economics, Columbia University
  • Diego Zuluaga, Associate Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute

Watch the virtual hearing here.

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