U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small broke ranks with her New Mexico Democratic colleagues Deb Haaland and Ben Ray Luján and voted against the $3 trillion HEROES Act – the new coronavirus relief bill that passed the House on Friday night.
“I will continue to fight for direct funding for states, local communities, and tribal governments, as well as hazard pay for our essential workers on the front lines. But over $1 trillion of this bill was spent elsewhere,” Torres Small said in a statement. “Hard times call for strong priorities, and Congress should put aside partisan politics to rebuild through smart infrastructure investments.”
Haaland supported the bill, saying in a news release that the legislation included $250 billion in stabilization funds for cities and towns and $20 billion for tribes.
“Heroes come in all forms – they’re hospital workers, grocery clerks, teachers, letter carriers and people who stay home to take care of their elders and protect their communities. The HEROES Act provides economic stability so we can begin the long road to economic recovery,” she said before the vote.