One Year Later, Do Wisconsin Republicans Regret Voting Against Pandemic Relief?

Mar 08, 2022


March 8, 2022

Contact: Julia Hamelburg (julia.hamelburg@wisdems.org

One Year Later, Do Wisconsin Republicans Regret Voting Against Pandemic Relief?

MADISON, Wis. – For the past year, Wisconsin Republicans have rallied against pandemic relief for small businesses and working families, calling Democrats’ tax cuts and economic impact payments “reckless,” “disastrous,” and a “train wreck.” 

Yet, one year after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law and as Gov. Evers continues to allocate funding across Wisconsin from the recovery plan, this sweeping legislation continues to fund schools, businesses, and local governments in every district across the state and has been credited for “saving” communities from this pandemic. 

It’s time for Wisconsin Republicans to answer to their constituents if they regret voting against the economic relief that is building back better in their communities — and here’s what Wisconsinites want to know:

Does Representative Steil regret voting ‘NO’ on $67.6 million in critical pandemic relief to Kenosha County – which expanded affordable housing, combated homelessness, and spurred economic development through job training? 

Does Representative Fitzgerald regret voting ‘NO’ on funds that put the City of Brookfield “back on their feet” after the COVID-19 pandemic and funded grants to the Brookfield Convention and Visitors Bureau and Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce?

Does Representative Grothman regret voting ‘NO’ on the funds that the City of Sheboygan is using to fund recruitment and retention initiatives for local workers, reduce water bills, and fund small businesses

Does Representative Tiffany regret voting ‘NO’ on the funds that are keeping schools afloat in Wausau, reinvesting in ports and waterways in Superior, and funding tourism grants in Merrill?

Does Representative Gallagher regret voting ‘NO’ on the funds that created grants to support tourism and hospitality staples across Green Bay and is expediting the process of moving the C. Reiss coal piles away from downtown Green Bay?

“By passing the American Rescue Plan, President Biden and Democrats delivered a lifeline for Wisconsinites in every corner of the state – in red and blue districts alike. The same cannot be said for Wisconsin Republicans, who put their own petty political games over the families they’re supposed to represent when they voted against recovery efforts,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Julia Hamelburg. “From trying to block relief checks to funds that helped keep schools and small businesses open, the Wisconsin GOP played games with people’s lives and livelihoods – and voters won’t forget it at the ballot box this November.”