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Oklahoma lawmakers vote against federal relief package

Oklahoma lawmakers vote against federal relief package

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Oklahoma's five house members (2021 version)

Oklahoma’s U.S. House members are: Rep. Tom Cole (left), Rep. Kevin Hern, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Rep. Frank Lucas and Rep. Stephanie Bice. They joined all other Republicans early Saturday in voting against the $1.9 trillion spending package that includes $1,400 direct payments for most Americans.

Oklahoma's five U.S. House members joined all other Republicans early Saturday in voting against the $1.9 trillion spending package that includes $1,400 direct payments for most Americans; expanded and extended unemployment benefits; money for state and local governments and schools; and numerous other measures to strengthen federal aid programs and beef up COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Oklahoma's House members complained that Democrats wrote the bill with no input from Republicans and included an excessive amount of spending.

"What was passed here today was strictly a partisan bill, filled with the wish lists of Democrats, providing a broad range of benefits with no regard for the actual level of need of those on the receiving end of funding," said Rep. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City.

"Only 9% of the dollars in this bill will actually go toward combating the COVD-19 pandemic. This comes at a time when nearly one-third of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars from last year remain unspent and as COVID-19 cases continue a steep decline following the onset of vaccine distribution efforts."

In remarks on the House floor Friday night, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, said Democrats had "thrown in completely unrelated items that just so happen to be at the top of their progressive wish list.

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