Two bills passed by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives are much too partisan for the liking of Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher. Last week he called the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan “the Pelosi payout,” citing that less than 10 percent of the plan goes towards fighting the coronavirus. Gallagher says including the unused $1 trillion from past relief packages and trimming out some of the other projects would have made it easier to support.
On Wednesday, he said the approval of House Resolution 1, which looks to end gerrymandering and place national rules on elections would “only continue to fuel and distrust in our election system.” Gallagher believes more conversations need to take place to address the election system before a bill is passed overhauling it.
Both bills are heading to the Senate based on party-line votes, but they may not have the votes to be passed in the Senate without rule changes. Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has called for the American Rescue Plan to be passed, saying it is the “investment our state needs to beat the pandemic, save our economy, and start getting our lives back to normal.” Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson disagrees, calling for the entire 700-plus page document to be read aloud so they can “take the time to seriously consider what we are doing to our children.”