Rep. Rose Rejects Backroom, Trillion-Dollar Spending Measure

December 21, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Rose (TN-6) released this statement following his vote against the last minute, $2.3 trillion pushed through the House at the eleventh hour:

“Tennesseans are tired of the swampy, closed-door, last-minute rush to spend our national treasure. This practice has put us in debt by the trillions. The House was forced to vote on a multi-trillion dollar 5,600-page backroom deal that was given to Members of Congress just hours before. I refuse to reward bad behavior with a 'yes' vote and that is especially true on a bill such as this that few people, most importantly my constituents, know what is actually in it.

“The $300 weekly unemployment supplement hurts American businesses by incentivizing workers to stay home and sending direct payments to families making up to $174,000 is a misallocation of aide that could have otherwise helped those individuals, hospitals, schools, and small businesses that are truly in need during this pandemic.

“I am not content to push the problems of today onto our children and grandchildren when with true leadership, collaboration, and thought, we can and should deal with our nation's problems responsibly. Tennesseans deserve better.”

U.S. Representative John Rose represents Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their son, Guy. The Sixth District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, and Wilson counties as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties.