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Representative Valadao Sides With Corporations, Against Lowering Healthcare Costs and Growing Our Economy

Nov 19, 2021

Representative Valadao voted against the Build Back Better Act, a historic investment in the middle class and American families that will lower the cost of healthcare, grow our economy, ensure that the wealthy and big corporations finally pay their fair share in taxes, and help America take on climate change.

“Instead of investing in American families and helping them recover from the pandemic, Rep. Valadao chose to stand with the wealthy elites, corporations, and dark money groups that fund and prop up his campaign. It’s the epitome of corruption in Washington,” said End Citizens United // Let America Vote President Tiffany Muller. “By siding with Big Pharma’s greed over lowering the cost of life-saving drugs for Americans, Rep. Valadao proved who he is truly working for, and voters will remember this betrayal.”

Rep. Valadao took $143,000 from big pharma and $743,000 from fossil fuel companies that spent millions of dollars to lobby against this bill, while also funding dark money groups that ran ads opposing the bill and defended vulnerable members like Rep. Valadao. When the groups who funded his campaign said to vote no, Rep. Valadao listened, ignoring the needs of his constituents.

The leading group that propped up Rep. Valadao’s campaign was the Congressional Leadership Fund, funded by billionaires, corporations, and dark money. CLF and corporate-funded dark money groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, have spent millions of dollars lobbying and running ads against this legislation, specifically because billionaires and corporations will have to pay their fair share in taxes.

Rep. Valadao has long put his corporate donors ahead of the American people and did so again today with his vote against much-needed help for middle class families. Valadao voted to give corporations a $2 trillion dollar tax handout, while raising taxes on middle class families.