March 3, 2021

ICYMI: Young Highlights Wasteful Spending in Partisan “COVID Relief” Bill

WASHINGTON –  Yesterday, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) laid out his opposition to Democrats’ American Rescue Plan due to hundreds of billions of dollars in wasteful pet projects and spending unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News and again in a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Young pointed to blue state bailouts, a Silicon Valley subway, and Paycheck Protection Plan loans for Planned Parenthood as reasons for his opposition. 


Senator Young was one of 10 Republican Senators who met with President Biden on February 1 to present a more targeted COVID relief proposal and has been outspoken on the need for the next COVID-19 relief package to be bipartisan.


“What we should not do in the United States Senate is pass this so-called American Rescue Plan – $1.9 trillion which 90% of which has nothing to do with health related expenditures. In fact, we need to focus on just a few things. We have got to get our kids back to school, we have to get people back to work, and on top of all of that we have to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible,” said Senator Young in the interview.


Click here or on the image below to watch Senator Young’s interview.


2021.03.02; Cavuto Interview


Later that day, Senator Young reiterated his concerns on the Senate floor highlighting the bill’s price tag and other unrelated provisions that are contained in this package.


“There is no doubt that some Hoosiers and many Americans are still hurting. We can and we will and we must help those people. But President Biden and the national Democrats’ so-called American Rescue Plan is not the way to do it… We are not going to just let national Democrats cram unrelated policies into what should be a bill squarely targeted at the crisis. We need a bill just like the five bills that we passed in a strongly bipartisan fashion just last year,” said Senator Young on the Senate floor.


Click here or on the image below to watch Senator Young’s floor speech.

2021.03.02; Floor Speech