Hagedorn Votes Against Democrats’ Partisan Messaging Bill

October 1, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Hagedorn tonight voted against H.R. 925 – a partisan wish list of provisions that will not become law and is an unserious attempt at addressing Americans’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill passed the House by a vote of 214-207, despite bipartisan opposition.

"Rather than coming to a bipartisan agreement, House Democrats have once again pushed through a partisan messaging bill, disguised as a COVID-19 relief, that uses the word ‘cannabis’ more than ‘jobs’," said Hagedorn. "This week, I signed Congresswoman Herrera Beutler’s (WA-03) discharge petition to allow a vote that would make $138 billion in unused Paycheck Protection Program funds available to American small businesses. This is a measure that has bipartisan support and would do a great deal to help lift hardworking Americans and our economy, but unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi continues to put her political interests ahead of American jobs."

"I support and will vote for the immediate passage of a new coronavirus relief bill to: support our small businesses; help sustain our farmers and biofuels companies; protect businesses and schools from frivolous lawsuits; and, establish a reasonable level of unemployment compensation so employees will return to work and those already working will be treated fairly," Hagedorn concluded.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.