July 29, 2020 Press Releases

McSally Silent On GOP Plan That “Stiffs” Medicaid, Slashes Jobless Benefits

Martha McSally Silent On GOP COVID-19 Bill That
“Stiffs” Medicaid, Slashes Jobless Benefits

PHOENIX — With hundreds of thousands of Arizonans’ jobless benefits set to plummet after this week due to Congress’ inaction, Martha McSally should end her silence and speak out against Republicans’ latest proposal that “stiffs” Medicaid funding and slashes unemployment insurance for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans.

Republicans’ plan slashes jobless benefits

Over the past week, Republicans have repeatedly pushed deep cuts to the expiring $600-per-week in expanded federal unemployment insurance — a change that was confirmed in the initial GOP relief package that was released earlier this week, setting up a 45% decline in jobless benefits for Arizonans who lost work due to the pandemic.

Republicans are “stiffing Medicaid,” despite rising enrollment in Arizona

In addition to slashing unemployment insurance, the Republican plan has been characterized as “stiffing Medicaid,” because it does not increase “federal funds for the safety net program, despite bipartisan calls from governors warning that they’ll have to cut benefits without more federal help.”

It’s notable that Republicans’ plan stiffs Medicaid, because Arizona’s state program, AHCCCS, “hit a record-high enrollment of 2 million people” earlier this month.

Republicans’ bill “doubles ‘three-martini lunch’ deduction,” but doesn’t support nutritional assistance

Despite the pandemic, the GOP proposal does not extend nutritional assistance funding, even as local food banks have prepared for a “surge of hungry Arizona families.” But Republicans do propose “doubl[ing] the tax deduction for business meals, known as the ‘three-martini-lunch deduction.’”

And the Republican plan has no direct relief for Arizona cities and towns

On top of all of that, the Republican plan does not include “new funding for state and local governments” — something that McSally has previously opposed, despite Arizona mayors’ calls for additional direct relief.

“It’s unacceptable that Senator McSally is silently standing by her party leaders’ latest proposal that leaves out critical support for local communities, funding for health care coverage, and jobless benefits that have supported hundreds of thousands of Arizonans who lost work due to this pandemic,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson.