CARES ACT - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act - January 2019

If like me you wondered and marveled at the speed at which government rallied and came together to pass the CARES act, you are going to be sorely disappointed as you read on. You might be surprised that the SWAMP is truly bipartisan and has been working at it's own agenda for longer than you may suspect. 

CARES - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security - ACT

On January 20, 2019, Democratic Representative Joe Courtney of Connecticut introduced the H.R.748 - CARES Act.  Yes you read that right - JANUARY 2019.

The CARES ACT passed the Democrat controlled House of Representatives on July 2019, with the support of a surprising number of Republican senators, working across the isles to create a truly bipartisan piece of legislation.

By July 16, 2019 - 369 Representatives had sponsored the bill.

    169 Republicans - 200 Democrats 

While the bill was active in the House of Representatives it was titled:

  1. Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019
  2. Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019

Some names that stand out in the sponsors list:

  • - Rep. Gaetz, Matt - 1/28/2019
  • - Rep. Meadows, Mark - 1/28/2019
  • - Rep. Frankel, Lois - 1/30/2019
  • - Rep. Himes, James - 2/5/2019
  • - Rep. Schiff, Adam - 2/5/2019
  • - Rep. Gallagher, Make - 2/5/2019 
  • - Rep. Omar, Ilhan - 2/5/2019
  • - Rep. Wassermann Schultz, Debbie - 2/14/2019
  • - Rep. Gohmert, Louie - 2/27/2019
  • - Rep. Ratcliffe, John - 3/5/2019
  • - Rep. Hill, Katie - 3/5/2019
  • - Rep. Crenshaw, Dan - 4/2/2019
  • - Rep. Adams, Alma S - 6/6/2019



The original co-sponsors or the bill were, 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans...

Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-16]*01/24/2019
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]*01/24/2019
Rep. Stefanik, Elise M. [R-NY-21]*01/24/2019
Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1]*01/24/2019
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]*01/24/2019
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1]*01/24/2019
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]*01/24/2019

On January 25, 2019, 14 Republicans and 20 Democrats added their names

Rep. Gianforte, Greg [R-MT-At Large]01/25/2019
Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5]01/25/2019
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]01/25/2019
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]01/25/2019
Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3]01/25/2019
Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4]01/25/2019
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]01/25/2019
Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12]01/25/2019
Rep. Demings, Val Butler [D-FL-10]01/25/2019
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]01/25/2019
Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4]01/25/2019
Rep. Hice, Jody B. [R-GA-10]01/25/2019
Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4]01/25/2019
Rep. Holding, George [R-NC-2]01/25/2019
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]01/25/2019
Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12]01/25/2019
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2]01/25/2019
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [D-GA-4]01/25/2019
Rep. Visclosky, Peter J. [D-IN-1]01/25/2019
Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36]01/25/2019
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]01/25/2019
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]01/25/2019
Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]01/25/2019
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]01/25/2019
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]01/25/2019
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]01/25/2019
Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large]01/25/2019
Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13]01/25/2019
Rep. Massie, Thomas [R-KY-4]01/25/2019
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]01/25/2019
Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1]01/25/2019
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]01/25/2019
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42]01/25/2019
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]01/25/2019

You can see a detailed listing of all actions passed by Congress on their website: congress.gov 

I have a lot of questions, specifically:  Who planned this and who got all these Representatives to play ball?

If you have the answers please share them in the comments section below. 



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