Saturday, March 14, 2020

Congressman who represents Oshkosh votes against coronavirus bill despite Trump's endorsement

Republican Glenn Grothman represents the 6th District, which includes Oshkosh, on Capitol Hill.
By Miles Maguire
Rep. Glenn Grothman, who represents Oshkosh in Congress, was one of 40 Republicans to vote against the Families First Coronavirus Response Act early Saturday morning.

The bill, which had the backing of President Trump, was approved by a vote of 363-40. Grothman, whose 6th District includes most of Winnebago County, was joined in opposing the legislation by three other Wisconsin Republicans: Bryan Steil (1st), James Sensenbrenner (5th) and Mike Gallagher (8th).

“I fully support H.R. 6201: Families First CoronaVirus Response Act,” the president tweeted at 7:42 p.m. Friday night. “This Bill will follow my direction for free CoronaVirus tests, and paid sick leave for our impacted American workers.”

The president added, “I encourage all Republicans and Democrats to come together and VOTE YES!”

Grothman’s Washington office was closed Saturday, and he did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

On Thursday Grothman postponed town hall meetings that had been scheduled for Tuesday, March 17. In his annoucement, he said he still plans to hold town halls during the second week of April.

The coronavirus bill “guarantees free coronavirus testing, secures paid emergency leave, enhances unemployment insurance, strengthens food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding to states,” according to a summary from the House Appropriations Committee.

It next moves to the Senate.

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