On American Rescue Plan Anniversary, DNC Sends Cookie Cakes to GOP Governors Who Said No and Took the Dough

One year ago today, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, helping to get more than 200 million Americans vaccinated, cut health insurance premiums and taxes for families, provide funding to re-open schools, and support small businesses – all no thanks to a single Republican vote in Congress. 

To celebrate the anniversary, the DNC is sending cookie cakes to Republican governors in four states who vocally opposed the American Rescue Plan but have subsequently tried to claim credit for American Rescue Plan funding. 

In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis called ARP “Washington at its worst” and then turned around to use $3.8 billion in funding from the law to cover initiatives in his spending plan, including bonuses for police officers and teachers. In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp called ARP “a slap in the face to hardworking Georgians” and “Washington, D.C., at its worst,” then touted plans to use the funds to expand access to high-speed broadband and make investments in water and sewer systems. In New Hampshire, Governor Chirs Sununu said he’d “be a ‘no’ vote” on ARP, but later called the bill “a win.” And in Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds touted funding for broadband but “failed to mention” the source of the funds. 

“One year ago today, President Joe Biden signed Democrats’ American Rescue Plan into law, which provided communities across the country with the resources they needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “Every day until November, Republicans will have to answer for why, when Americans needed them most, they opposed reopening our schools, hiring back police officers, lowering health insurance premiums, getting 7 million Americans back to work, and returning back to normal after a pandemic.”