Some Republican members of the House and Senate are trying to take credit for elements of the American Rescue Act after refusing to support the bill, prompting social media users to remind them: "YOU VOTED AGAINST IT!"
That phrase trended on Twitter Sunday after at least four Republican congresspeople tried to convince their constituents they played a role in the broadly-backed $1.9 trillion stimulus package. President Joe Biden signed the bill into law on Thursday. No Republican in either the House or Senate supported the bill.
On Friday, Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL) took to Twitter to "announce that the Biden Administration has just implemented my bipartisan COVID relief bill." Despite insisting she was "proud" that her "bipartisan legislation has officially become SBA policy," Salazar failed to mention that she, herself, voted against the bill.
Here are some reactions to Salazar's post:
You voted against it, lady. I hope all your constituents remember that! https://t.co/ROh2rSAQCG— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien) 1615706353.0
You voted against it. https://t.co/8qkxFIgxZ8— steven pasquale (@steven pasquale) 1615728216.0
YOU VOTED AGAINST IT ... and so did every single other Republican in the entire Congress. @RepMariaSalazar es m… https://t.co/J7UUoubJjh— Fernand R. Amandi (@Fernand R. Amandi) 1615736483.0
You don't get to brag when you voted against it. Your constituents should know. https://t.co/Y1CgyzYS3B— real Guy Fawkes (@real Guy Fawkes) 1615690952.0
you voted against it twice you ghoul https://t.co/NTqSriuQiZ— Tyler Dinucci (@Tyler Dinucci) 1615699542.0
Salazar isn't alone. As previously reported by AlterNet, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) on Wednesday
tweeted his approval for a provision in the bill that grants $28.6 billion to independent restaurant operators — despite voting against the legislation. That tweet immediately garnered criticism from social media users:
@SenatorWicker you voted against it dingus— wheatus (@wheatus) 1615640355.0
I'm a restaurant owner, this aid will literally save my business. You voted against it, so don't you DARE TAKE CRED… https://t.co/IVlZt0Pl16— Blake Spalding (@Blake Spalding) 1615417016.0
You voted against it. Go sit in the corner. You get *nothing*, because you did *nothing*. In fact, you and every… https://t.co/bl03zFAiRc— Michael Paulauski (@Michael Paulauski) 1615415862.0
@SenatorWicker And you voted against it. Shame on you.— Mark Ruffalo (@Mark Ruffalo) 1615436428.0
Another Republican catching flak for her comments on the popular legislation is Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who called the stimulus checks "money that you and your fellow countrymen already paid into the system" (duh).
The framing of stimulus checks is all wrong. This is not $1,400 dollars being given to you by your generous govern… https://t.co/9NK5D6jm5n— Lauren Boebert (@Lauren Boebert) 1615553006.0
We honestly aren't going to waste time talking about Boebert, save a series of reactions that really hone in on how disingenuous her tweet was:
You voted against it. Giving people 1400$ they've paid into the system. https://t.co/gDcjcHjSRI— steven pasquale (@steven pasquale) 1615665446.0
@laurenboebert Exactly. And Senate GOP all voted AGAINST it. YOU voted against it in the House. So basically you’re… https://t.co/Fx98ahRbXN— FirstAlto (@FirstAlto) 1615675909.0
You. Voted. Against. It. https://t.co/wbjsTkDC3X— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien) 1615668189.0
@laurenboebert So...why don’t you want them to get it back?? You’re getting some of it, through your salary. Some o… https://t.co/Die0siMzv0— Asha Rangappa (@Asha Rangappa) 1615667238.0
And finally, we have Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who released a statement accompanying his "no" vote that can only be described as walking a tightrope:
"Today, I'm glad to know my constituents will be receiving an additional relief payment and funding to help improve their access to vaccines, PPE, and unemployment insurance.
I fully support getting assistance to Americans to help keep food on their tables and to help those who are struggling. I fully support continued funding for emergency essentials like vaccines, COVID testing, PPE, school reopening resources, unemployment insurance, and research. And I'll continue to work with my colleagues in the House to ensure the American people have what they need to fight through this pandemic."
Unsurprisingly, Kinzinger's statement didn't go over well:
@RepKinzinger The American Rescue Act provides funds for state and local healthcare. You voted against it— Return to Sanity (@Return to Sanity) 1615476544.0
@RepKinzinger YOU VOTED AGAINST IT.— healing mantra (@healing mantra) 1615408685.0
@RepKinzinger Saying you're glad folks are getting covid relief after you voted against it is just back-stabbing to… https://t.co/I6ZxWuXr7r— CJ ((Ex-Republican)) 🇺🇸 (@CJ ((Ex-Republican)) 🇺🇸) 1615420163.0
@RepKinzinger Nah. You voted against it instead of helping your constituents and all Americans, and that's what the… https://t.co/en8CGfpPpF— LezResist (@LezResist) 1615418785.0
So there you have it, folks. Republicans are trying to take credit for a bill not a single one of them voted for, while simultaneous r
ailing against provisions that were also included in former President Donald Trump's bills, which they did vote for. It's almost like these people don't actually care about helping us!