Hoeven Statement on Democrats' $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Spending Bill

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after opposing the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion stimulus spending bill, which was approved along party lines in the Senate. The $1.9 trillion package provides less than 10% of funding for direct COVID-related public health initiatives, while spending billions for non-pandemic related programs.

“Over the last year, Congress has approved five COVID-19 relief bills under Republican leadership in the Senate, and with strong bipartisan support to help address pandemic needs, including the $900 billion approved in late December. That money has not been expended and should be fully utilized before Congress authorizes additional spending. However, on a purely partisan basis, Democrats have passed a $1.9 trillion partisan proposal that goes well beyond the needs of the pandemic and adds to our increasing national debt on the backs of hardworking Americans. Much of the spending isn’t related to emergency relief and will be spent between 2022 and 2028.”