- Biden slammed GOP lawmakers who have touted his American Rescue Plan but voted against it.
- “I mean, some people have no shame,” he said in a speech on Thursday.
- “They’re bragging about the Rescue Plan,” he added.
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President Joe Biden on Thursday scolded Republican lawmakers who are touting popular measures of his American Rescue Plan to their constituents after they voted against the bill.
“I mean, some people have no shame,” Biden said with a laugh during a speech on the state of the economy in Cleveland, Ohio.
The president’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package passed the House and Senate in March without any GOP support. However, some Republicans have since praised provisions included in the legislation.
“Even my Republican friends in Congress, not a single one of them voted for the Rescue Plan. I’m not going to embarrass any one of them, but I have — here — a list of how back in their districts, they’re bragging about the Rescue Plan,” Biden said Thursday, met with laughter from the audience.
At least a dozen Republicans were on the list, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Reps. Elise Stefanik of New York, Beth Van Duyne of Texas, Greg Pence of Indiana, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Troy Balderson of Ohio, Anthony Gonzales of Ohio, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Alex Mooney of West Virginia, Lee Zeldin of New York, Andrew Garbarino of New York and Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, according to a photo captured by the New York Times’ Doug Mills.
—Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) May 27, 2021
Some of the benefits that GOP members have boasted about include federal aid for restaurants and community health centers, Biden said. Key elements of the bill included $1,400 direct stimulus payments for individuals, funding for state and local governments and an expansion of the child tax credit.
The president said he’s “happy” that Republicans are aware the stimulus package benefited voters in their home states, but urged them not to get in the way of delivering more help to the American people.
“If you’re going to try to take credit for what you’ve done, don’t get in the way of what we still need to do. The bottom line is this: The Biden economic plan is working,” he said.
Biden’s remarks come as the White House is trying to push its infrastructure package through Congress, where it has been met with Republican opposition.