Utah delegation on COVID relief bill: “Congress has lost their minds”

Mar 4, 2021, 9:18 AM | Updated: 4:59 pm
military discharge vaccine utah congressional delegation opposes covid relief bill...
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, spoke against the COVID-19 relief bill on the Senate floor, Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021. Photo: KSL NewsRadio via YouTube

WASHINGTON — As Congress debates a massive $1.9 trillion bill aimed at providing financial relief from the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Utah congressional delegation vocally raised concerns about the bill. 

With unemployment aid tied to the pandemic set to expire March 14, House and Senate Democrats hope to have the bill on President Joe Biden’s desk by early next week. The Senate’s version included some changes from the original House version, which means once the Senate approves the bill, it will need to go back to the House for final approval before it’s ready for the president’s signature. 

Utah delegation opposes COVID-19 relief bill

As the debate continued, members of the Utah delegation raised their concerns about the COVID-19 relief bill on social media and through more traditional channels. 

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, spoke out against the bill on the floor of the Senate. 

“This bill is not about providing actual COVID relief for the American people. It’s about fulfilling a partisan wish list, through bad economic reasoning and blatant special-interest handouts,” said Lee. “It will worsen our nation’s economic health in the long term and does little to help American small businesses and families in the short term.”

“Everybody, Congress has lost their minds. This entire city has gone nuts,” said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, in an Instagram video.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Congressman Chris Stewart (@repchrisstewart)

He said only 9% of the bill actually has anything to do with COVID-19 relief.

“Everything else is just a Pelosi payoff. It’s her paying her friends, paying her voters. It’s things like, money for blue states who have mismanaged their pension funds. It’s tens of billions of dollars to schools that aren’t even open. It’s to build this new subway in Silicon Valley.”

Following the money

Lee said $1.5 billion would go to Amtrak, which already has $1 billion of unspent bailout money, $50 million to EPA “environmental justice grants,” $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and another $135 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

They point out the five previous coronavirus relief bills were bipartisan efforts and that hundreds of billions of dollars have yet to be spent from those bills

Utah’s other senator, Mitt Romney, also a Republican, called the package a “clunker” that would waste hundreds of billions of dollars, do nothing meaningful to get students back to school and work against creating jobs.


Today’s Top Stories

All News

Nichole Thomas, Pioneer Park Coalition member and Latter-day Brides owner, speaks during a Pioneer ...
Mark Jones

Pioneer Park Coalition announces plan to combat crime, homelessness

On Thursday, the Pioneer Park Coalition announced a three-pronged plan to combat homelessness and crime in Salt Lake City.
1 day ago
Salt Lake City police are investigating a shooting Thursday evening, Oct. 6, 2022, at Meadows Park....
Mark Jones

Salt Lake City Police investigating shooting at Meadows Park

One teenager suffered non-life-threatening injuries following a shooting Thursday evening at Meadows Park.
1 day ago
Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill speaking behind a podium...
Devin Oldroyd

Salt Lake County DA discusses Biden’s pardon of marijuana possession

Following President Biden announced pardons for thousands of people convicted of marijuana possession federally, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill discusses what this means for the Beehive State.
1 day ago
Police in Tooele are looking for an armed robbery suspect that forced three schools into lockdown o...
Mark Jones

Search for wanted fugitive in Tooele is unsuccessful

Law enforcement personnel in Tooele conducted a search for a fugitive on Thursday afternoon. The search was unsuccessful.
1 day ago
Serial Bank Robber...
Mark Jones

FBI seeking information on whereabouts of serial bank robber

The FBI says a serial bank robber has recently robbed a pair of banks in Salt Lake City. Authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating the individual responsible.
1 day ago
DACA march...
Alejandro Lucero

DACA ruled illegal by court, but current “Dreamers” still protected

Current Dreamers are still protected by the law and can continue to renew their applications, but new applicants are barred.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
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.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
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.
Utah delegation on COVID relief bill: “Congress has lost their minds”