Paul Gosar claims credit for the relief funds he fought to defeat

President Joe Biden signed the Democrats’ Covid relief plan on March 11, but it was on March 10 that Republican Senator Roger Wicker celebrated the beneficial “targeted relief” of the US restaurant bailout. The Mississippi senator failed to mention the fact that he voted against the bill that provided the relief.

As regular readers know, he quickly got a lot of company. GOP Representatives Madison Cawthorn and Alex Mooney took similar action in March, touting funds for community health centers in their respective districts, overlooking the embarrassing detail that these health centers would not have received the money if they had had what they wanted. Nicole Malliotakis of New York pointed out that funding the package was one of her “accomplishments,” despite voting against the ARP.

This is obviously still the case. Arizona Republican Representative Paul Gosar, one of the most right-wing members of Congress, posted A press release yesterday, touting the federal investment in a local airport thanks to the US bailout.

“I am pleased to announce that the City of Kingman will receive this critical funding for economic assistance related to the operational costs of cleaning and disinfecting Kingman Airport to combat the spread of COVID-19. This funding is essential to maintain safe and reliable air service. to the community, ”said Representative Gosar.

The statement included a quote from the local mayor, thanking the congressman for his “continued support.”

What the press release failed to mention was the embarrassing detail: Gosar opposed the US bailout. Under his preferred approach, the financing he now wants credit for would not have passed, at least not when he did.

The larger importance is important. Senatorial Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sentenced the US bailout as “one of the worst pieces of legislation I’ve seen pass here since I’ve been in the Senate.” The GOP leader added that he and his party intend to spend the next few months telling the American people how the Democrats’ Covid relief program is a terrible mistake.

His House counterpart, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, suggested the proposal would bring the United States closer to becoming Venezuela. Gosar said the relief package was a “Trojan horse for socialism”.

I remain mindful of the fact that lawmakers, especially when dealing with a massive and multifaceted piece of legislation, may like certain provisions while opposing the larger whole (or oppose certain elements while approving the larger set). It is quite common. But Republicans shouldn’t pretend that the context is irrelevant: either this bill is “one of the worst pieces of legislation” in a generation, or it is a bill that will do a lot of good. many people. Either they will argue against the bill or they will sing the praises of parts of it.

Or to borrow competing claims from Gosar, either it is a “Trojan horse for socialism” or it is a relief program that provides “critical” and “essential” funding to local communities.

When Republicans try to push both lines – without shame or explanation – the party must expect their hypocrisy to grab the headlines.

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