When Steil voted against the Dec. 21 bill, he said it was “far too broad and falls short of providing targeted relief to those who are struggling. We can do better.”
On Monday, all five Republicans representing a Wisconsin district in the House of Representatives voted against the $1,400 increase, which would lead to around $463.8 billion in additional spending.
The Journal Times reached out to all five and three replied — Steil of Janesville, Tom Tiffany of Wausau and Mike Gallagher of Green Bay. Each of them criticized the expanded spending and Gallagher joined Steil in saying that the bill failed to address Trump’s concerns about “pork” without addressing the fact that Trump does support tripling the size of the direct payments.
The offices of Glenn Grothman of Glenbeulah and soon-to-retire James Sensenbrenner of Menomonee Falls did not reply to emails.
“The ink on the last budget-busting, 5,500 page spending bill hasn’t even dried and yet here we are, less than 24 hours later, being asked to approve billions more in debt with little discussion or debate, few restrictions to steer assistance to the most vulnerable, and without including any common-sense liability protections for small businesses, health providers or schools,” Tiffany said in a statement. “Once again, the American taxpayer is being asked to sign a blank check now and ask questions later.”