TX Senator Called Out for Touting Rent Relief He Opposed Just Days After Slamming Biden for Helping Renters
Last week, thanks to the work of progressive lawmakers like Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush of Missouri, the Biden administration extended the pandemic-induced eviction moratorium for a majority of the country as millions of people were set to lose their homes and as the Delta variant continues to wreak havoc across the country.
The extension came months after Congress passed the American Rescue Plan, which included more than $20 billion in emergency rent relief, much of which has yet to be fully distributed.
In response to news of the extension, Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas accused the Biden administration of violating the Constitution.
Canceling the Constitution: Biden hailed for violating rule of law to extend eviction moratorium https://t.co/SG1XAy4p0Q— Senator John Cornyn (@Senator John Cornyn) 1628424791.0
But just days later, Cornyn was touting rent relief.
Texas has millions in COVID-19 rent relief. Here’s how Dallas renters and landlords can get it https://t.co/4Yyyl84vHK— Senator John Cornyn (@Senator John Cornyn) 1628694754.0
Like every other Senate Republican (except one, who didn't weigh in), Cornyn voted against the American Rescue Plan which provided the emergency rental assistance money he's now boasting on Twitter.
Cornyn said at the time of the bill's passage:
"More than 90 percent of the bill's total funding is not directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Democrat colleagues drafted this partisan bill by choice, not necessity. Their desire to turn a liberal wish list into law far outranked their interest in bipartisanship or unity."
People called him out for promoting the benefits of the legislation on Twitter without noting his own opposition to it.
BUT YOU OPPOSED THIS! How typical that you now promote and take credit for it... https://t.co/Cnd77NJAdz— MairiRuadh (@MairiRuadh) 1628701814.0
An actual tweet that helps Texans. But remember @JohnCornyn and @SenTedCruz voted against this. https://t.co/dOwHuFeTt5— Larry (@Larry) 1628701077.0
Just a reminder to Texans, @JohnCornyn and @tedcruz voted against this. You can thank senators from other states f… https://t.co/aVYVaUjHzy— Taylor (@Taylor) 1628700568.0
* * * CORRECTION * * * Texas has millions in COVID-19 rent relief THAT I VOTED AGAINST. Here’s how Dallas renters… https://t.co/EYHjgf4Dq8— Witch Hunter (@Witch Hunter) 1628700010.0
Shamelessness is a super power in politics. He voted against the bill that provided rent relief, but he’s touting… https://t.co/23sJzXAVHw— Erick Fernandez (@Erick Fernandez) 1628699775.0
Don’t forget to mention you voted against this relief for your constituents ….. gaslighting gasbag 😷🧦 https://t.co/ZzR2RepeMJ— DobbytheHouseElf (fan) (@DobbytheHouseElf (fan)) 1628701975.0
They also noted that this isn't a new phenomenon for congressional Republicans.
Yet another example of Republicans taking credit for popular legislation that they voted against. GOP hypocrisy ha… https://t.co/LHqXLPgViU— Mr. Leftist (@Mr. Leftist) 1628705000.0
Republicans shamelessly take credit for Covid relief they all voted against. https://t.co/1byeeD7j5f— 𝚋𝚊𝚡𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚗 (@𝚋𝚊𝚡𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚗) 1628703808.0
Typical Republican senator, vote against anything helping the American ppl.. when the Democrats get a bill passed,… https://t.co/tDtLq35cH7— Dale Schorik 😷💙🇺🇸💙☮ (@Dale Schorik 😷💙🇺🇸💙☮) 1628702273.0