Justin 'No Bailouts' Amash's Company Received Up To $2 Million in Coronavirus Bailout Funds - 2020-07-10
This article has been updated to incorporate comments from Amash's chief of staff.
When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March, only a handful of representatives spoke out against it. The bill is unprecedented in its spending and gives extraordinary power to government officials to intervene in the markets, but it was seen as a necessary response to the pandemic that would grind the economy to a halt.
One of the strongest voices against the bill was Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), the libertarian representative who left the GOP last year citing his disillusionment with partisan politics. Amash called the CARES Act a "raw deal" that does "too little for those who need the most help, while providing hundreds of billions in corporate welfare," and he threatened to object to the House passing the bill by unanimous consent, before ultimately backing off. On March 15, as the Senate was preparing to take up the first iteration of the bill, Amash staked out his position with a "no bailouts" tweet.