Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement today after voting in support of an additional round of coronavirus relief legislation and an end-of-year funding package that will keep the federal government open for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across our nation for many months. The relief package we passed today may not include a perfect wish list of items for either side of the political spectrum. But it does what I have said needed to happen all along: it takes meaningful, bipartisan and targeted steps toward providing relief for those most negatively impacted by this terrible virus.
“Today, we also funded the federal government through the end of Fiscal Year 2021 without resorting to continuing resolutions to do so. Although, again, not perfect, this funding contains good policy measures to provide certainty to the Armed Forces and other federal government agencies. It will help our military maintain its readiness, and it provides additional resources for veteran health care, funding for nuclear energy programs and support for border security and other law enforcement activities. This is the final fiscal year appropriations bill covered under the discretionary spending caps set by the bipartisan Budget Control Act and the Bipartisan Budget Act. As such, further bipartisan action will be needed to impose necessary fiscal restraint on future discretionary spending, as well as on mandatory spending, which continues to run on autopilot, driving up the largest portion of our debt. I remain committed to pushing for needed fiscal reforms to stabilize our out of control mandatory spending.
“The successes of Operation Warp Speed and American medical ingenuity have produced safe and effective vaccines faster than many thought possible, and we are turning a corner on the dark days of this pandemic. Our fight against COVID-19 is not over. We have considerable work ahead to fully recover from the coronavirus, but as we continue to work together on tough issues, I am confident Americans will once again prevail over our challenges and overcome this fight.
“This year has been challenging for all of us. Health care workers have faced the worst of it. I once again thank health care providers and those on the front lines who have served as caregivers and healers, and who have also stepped in to provide emotional support when loved ones cannot be present with their families. I am eternally grateful for their work.”
The COVID-19 stimulus and FY 2021 omnibus package includes:
As Chairman of the Banking Committee, Senator Crapo secured the following COVID-19 relief provisions:
The package also contains significant Crapo wins, including: