Let’s review what just happened.
On December 23, Congressman Cline published this on his campaign Facebook page:
To repeat, Cline posted:
There is too much wasteful spending in the massive omnibus spending bill, and the $600 rescue checks in the COVID relief need to be increased to $2000 per person.
Now, five days later, the House of Representatives has voted 275 to 134 for a stand-alone bill to do exactly what Cline said needed to be done: to increase the inadequate $600 per person COVID-19 relief payments to $2,000.
And among the 134 members of Congress voting against the increase was none other than Congressman Cline.
So while Cline told us last week that the $2,000 payment was needed, he couldn’t bring himself to actually, y’know, vote for it.
Perhaps he has a perfectly good explanation which his thousands of constituents in desperate financial straits due to the pandemic may be interested to hear.
Don’t you, Congressman?
UPDATE: Here is Cline’s lame explanation for his NO vote.
Trump said nothing about making the payment increases dependent on spending cuts. Cline is more of a Trumpist than Trump himself.