GOVERNMENT

Utah Congressional delegation split on $900B federal relief bill

Dec 22, 2020, 10:09 AM | Updated: 10:48 am
Utah relief bill...
Compiled Colby Walker | KSLNewsRadio

WASHINGTON — Monday night Congress voted to pass a $900 billion federal relief bill. That voting included two yea votes from Utah congressmen, while the others voted no.

Utah Senator Mike Lee said the bill was too long and came too late for him to be able to read all the way through. He posted a video on his social media accounts saying it took three hours just to print out the roughly 5,600-page bill.

“It is absolutely certain this has been cobbled together by a small handful of members of Congress and their staffs,” Lee said in the video. “Being asked to vote on something, that we haven’t even had the opportunity to even see, much less digest and amend, is unacceptable.”

Utah Reps John Curtis and Chris Stewart also voted no.

Curtis said Tuesday morning that the bill was the “Height of Congressional Dysfunction.”

“I could not vote for a bill that spends over $2 trillion taxpayer dollars without fully understanding how it could impact Utah and Utahns. Congress completely failed to put this bill together in a responsible manner,” he said in a statement.

Stewart said the bill had no mechanisms to address the nation’s spending problems.

“$27 trillion in debt should scare us all,” he wrote on Twitter.

Outgoing Rep Ben McAdams and Sen Mitt Romney were the only two of Utah’s delegation voted yes on the relief package.

McAdams said it wasn’t perfect, but families and business owners need relief now.

“Combining needed relief with a huge omnibus spending bill is not ideal, but since it is the last train leaving the station, it’s the only opportunity before Congress adjourns to get bipartisan emergency relief to thousands of Utah families struggling to pay the bills,” he said in a statement.

Romney said he was part of the bi-partisan team that put the package together.

Retiring Representative Rob Bishop was absent from the vote. He recently suffered a mild stroke but has been recovering.

Today’s Top Stories

Government

Herbert Cox statement Reyes election lawsuit...
Mark Jones

State of Utah files lawsuit against pharmaceutical retailers

Three pharmaceutical retailers are facing a lawsuit from the State of Utah. The lawsuit was filed the week of July 1.
5 days ago
This June 20, 2017, photo provided by Chris Wonderly shows Hovenweep Castle at Hovenweep National M...
Curt Gresseth

Supreme Court widens state power over tribes. What does it mean for Utah?

The director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs discusses the recent US Supreme Court ruling and what it means for tribes in Utah.
6 days ago
Ketanji Brown Jackson takes the oath for the Supreme Court....
MARK SHERMAN Associated Press

Jackson sworn in, becomes 1st Black woman on Supreme Court

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, 51, will be sworn as the court's 116th justice Thursday, just as the man she is replacing, Justice Stephen Breyer, retires.
6 days ago
Immigration activists rally outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on April 26. Photo credi...
Tierney Sneed and Priscilla Alvarez, CNN

Supreme Court says Biden can end Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ immigration policy

The Supreme Court on Thursday gave President Joe Biden the green light to end the controversial "Remain in Mexico" immigration policy.
6 days ago
The Supreme Court is pictured. The court just limited the EPA...
MARK SHERMAN Associated Press

Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions

The Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation's main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
6 days ago
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid, ...
DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press

Biden says transatlantic alliance has adapted to new threats

Biden's comments came at a press conference in Madrid at the conclusion of the annual meeting of NATO leaders and after he attended a summit with the Group of Seven advanced democratic economies in the Bavarian Alps.
6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Utah Congressional delegation split on $900B federal relief bill