Kemp announced broadband grant “without mentioning it will be paid for with federal COVID-19 relief money”
Today, despite vocally opposing Democrats’ American Rescue Plan last year, Gov. Brian Kemp announced millions of dollars for rural broadband improvements using funds from the bill. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that Kemp touted the grant “without mentioning it will be paid for with federal COVID-19 relief money.”
After Kemp called Democrats’ American Rescue Plan “a slap in the face to hardworking Georgians” and urged Georgia’s U.S. Senators to block it, ARP funds have since gone to everything from water and sewer improvements and other broadband projects to funding to help small businesses recover from the pandemic and bonuses for first responders – all while Kemp refuses to acknowledge that these vital projects are made possible thanks to Democrats’ American Rescue Plan, and no thanks to the unanimous opposition of Georgia Republicans.
“Brian Kemp’s hypocrisy is on full display as he once again tries to take credit for a relief bill that only passed thanks to Democratic support and which he and Republicans vehemently opposed,” said Max Flugrath, spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “If Kemp and the GOP had gotten their way, Georgia wouldn’t have received a cent of this critical funding. In November, voters will remember that while Georgia Democrats brought crucial infrastructure investments to our state, Kemp and Republicans – as usual – stood in the way.”
Earlier this year, Georgia Democrats released a new website to hold Kemp accountable on his opposition to the American Rescue Plan and his efforts to try and take credit for all it delivered to Georgia: KempDoesntCare.com
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Kemp plows more federal COVID relief money into rural broadband