LAFAYETTE, La. — Katie Broudreaux and her boyfriend Therin Broussard found themselves unemployed at the beginning of the pandemic, stretching every dollar from the first stimulus check for as long as they could.
All these months later, they say they could use the extra help.
"We're not able to make as much as we used to to afford everything we're used to," said Broussard, who worked as a massage therapist.
On Capitol Hill, here is how Louisiana's congressmen voted: Democrat Cedric Richmond and Republican Clay Higgins voted "yes" for the $2,000 stimulus; however, Republicans Steve Scalise, Garret Graves and Mike Johnson voted "no" while Republican Ralph Abraham did not vote.
On his "yes" vote, Congressman Higgins released the following statement:
There’s no such thing as ‘federal money.’ It’s the People’s treasure.
I voted YES for the return of $2,000 cash to Americans who have been financially crushed by unconstitutional government business closures across the nation.
It’s your money. You’re damned right I voted to return it to you. You’re suffering because of government mandates, illegal ‘proclamations’ by arrogant Governors in many sovereign States, and a weaponized Chinese virus with a survival rate of 99% that has given the government cover to oppress your entire life.
$2,000 of your own money back to you is a small gesture compared to what Americans have lost from this government mandated closure BS.
Career politicians are despicable. DC is a swamp. Louisiana’s Governor is a tyrant. Live your life. Open your business as you see fit. You’re free men. Live like it. Stand up.
Government can make their move. We, the People, are not playing.
Back in Acadiana, with two kids at home, Broudreaux and Broussard say every dollar helps. They hope the senate will consider the new plan.
"I'm grateful for whatever we do get," he said. "But I do prefer $2,000."
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