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house Bill H.R. 1319

Democrats’ $1.9 Trillion ‘American Rescue Plan’ to Fund COVID Relief & More

Argument in favor

This relief bill would provide much needed economic assistance to American families through a round of $1,400 relief checks, extending the federal enhancement of unemployment benefits, and increasing tax relief for families. It would also provide funding for state and local governments, small businesses, and schools to ensure they have the financial resources necessary to weather the challenges caused by the pandemic.

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02/26/2021
The majority of Republican voters endorse this bill. The majority of Democrats support this bill as well as the minimum wage increase. The majority of economists endorse this bill as well as the minimum wage increase. It saves people from ruin and homelessness. It provides economic stimulus that will protect the economy until enough people are vaccinated to allow the economy to fully re-open as well as assure that the economy will rebound strongly. It gets funds to the States for the costs that they incurred fighting the pandemic due to the ineptness of the trump and the trumpublican Senate, who refused to hold the trump in check and to actually deal with the pandemic at least as well as developing countries have done. It gets funds to the States to expedite vaccination programs. Economists have cited the economic success of State-passed minimum wage programs that were initially feared by Republicans and the business community - all of which proved to result in economic growth and greater overall employment. So YES, pass the bill and find a way to push the minimum wage increase - because it will help as it has everywhere else where it has been used.
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02/27/2021
Finding it interesting that not one Republican voted for it. If I were a GOP voter in a mostly red state where I and many other GOP voters have received ZERO relief, have sky-high unemployment and /or farming losses leading to bankruptcy and foreclosure, or are out-of-work coal miners and unemployed workers who can’t find employment and end up a statistic in the opioid epidemic, or small business owners trying to hold on when their customers are dying from COVID-19, I would be pissed at these “RINOs”, and determined to vote them out of office. But I’m a white woman, independent, left-leaning moderate liberal, former RN with a pension from a union hospital system on Social Security. I have no real, personal understanding of what the experiences of these GOP voters might be because I chose late in life to go back to school to become a nurse, and I had the support of my middle-class retired mother to do so. It doesn’t get any more fortunate that that. But I did make good use of what I had, and as a union worker and organizer I had a viewpoint not enjoyed by many similar to myself in culture, family origins and income level post-WWII. So, I am what is referred to by many GOP supporters as the “liberal elite”. I can’t possibly know how they feel. But I do know enough to say they’ve been shafted big time by the Party they unwaveringly support. And the decisions that put them in those circumstances were not made by me or anyone I know. This vote is but one of a host of historically damaging ones by the GOP to screw the very Americans who support it.😷😢🗽🇺🇸
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02/27/2021
It’s so apparent that Joe Biden has done more good in less than 100 days than Trump could do in four years. The last four years of this country I’ve been a catastrophe and it’s only by the grace of God that we made it through it. Now CPAC is totally embracing more craziness and proving that the Republican party is a lost cause.
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Argument opposed

Democrats’ $1.9 trillion relief bill is poorly targeted and sends billions of dollars to pet projects, including a bailout of union pensions that were insolvent long before the pandemic. It would send relief checks and tax breaks to the wealthy, and fails to ensure that schools use the billions of dollars sent their way to reopen for in-person learning this year.

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02/26/2021
NO NO NO 👎. Too much Pork as usual. Hiding your Programs to Grease your Greed!
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02/27/2021
10% to the American people ? Crumbs again.
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02/27/2021
I think there is too much pork in this bill. We need the bill to be more direct when it comes to spending trillions of dollars. Not to mention we don't need to sneak in a minimum wage increase that could shut down more small businesses due to them not being able to cover the increase in pay for their employee increase in pay.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1319?

(Update 3/6/21) This bill — known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 — would provide $1.9 trillion in funding for initiatives to provide economic relief and healthcare resources to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It has been amended by the Senate to remove provisions that violate parliamentary rules for budget reconciliation bills, such as the increase in the federal minimum wage to increase to $15 per hour and funding for specific transportation infrastructure projects. A breakdown of the bill’s major provisions can be found below.

Stimulus Payments: This section would provide recovery rebates that total $1,400 for each adult and child in a household, including non-child dependents. Payments would be reduced for higher income taxpayers and begin phasing out at $75,000 in adjusted gross income (AGI) for individual taxpayers & $150,000 AGI for married filers. The rebate amount would be reduced by $5 for each $100 a taxpayer’s income exceeds the phase-out threshold; and it would phase out entirely for single taxpayers with incomes over $80,000 & married filers with AGI exceeding $160,000. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would base these AGI amounts on the taxpayer’s returns filed in 2019 and 2020. Payments would only be available to recipients who have a Social Security Number and are U.S. citizens.

Unemployment Insurance: The weekly federal enhancement of unemployment benefits under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) would be extended through September 6, 2021, and the weekly benefit would remain at $300. The first $10,200 of unemployment benefits would be tax-exempt for households with incomes under $150,000. Additionally, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program would be extended until the same date, as would the temporary of short-time compensation payments to workers who had their hours reduced.  

Tax Relief: This section would make the child tax credit (CTC) fully refundable for 2021 and increase the amount to $3,000 per child ($3,600 per child under age 6). It would also make 17 year old individuals eligible to be claimed under the CTC for 2021. Eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for taxpayers with no qualifying children would be increased for 2021, with the minimum age to claim it reduced from 25 to 19 (except for certain full-time students), in addition to changing its parameters to increase the maximum credit amount from $543 to $1,502.

Relief for Small & Shuttered Businesses: This section would provide $25 billion for a new program at the Small Business Administration (SBA) that would offer assistance to restaurants and other food and drinking establishments. Of the total, $5 billion would be set aside for businesses with less than $500,000 in 2019 annual revenue. Grants would be available for up to $10 million per entity, with a limit of $5 million per location, and entities would be limited to 20 locations. The first 20 days of the application window would be reserved for restaurants owned and operated or controlled by women, veterans, or socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

An additional $7.25 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) would be provided, raising its funding level from $806.4 billion to $813.7 billion. 

Healthcare & Vaccinations: This section would provide $48.3 billion to the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) for testing, contact tracing, and COVID-19 mitigation activities. It would also provide $7.5 billion to support the preparation, promotion, distribution, administration, and tracking of COVID-19 vaccines; $1 billion for activities to promote confidence in vaccines; plus $5.2 billion to support the vaccine supply chain.

It would also provide $7.6 billion for community health centers, $7.66 billion for expanding the public health workforce through grants to state and local governmental entities, $10 billion for obtaining medical supplies using the Defense Production Act, plus $3.5 billion in block grants evenly divided between mental health and substance abuse.

Education: This section would provide over $168 billion in funding for schools to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including $122.7 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERF) for state educational agencies and local educational agencies; and $39.6 billion to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for public and private non-profit institutions of higher education. State education agencies would be required to reserve at least 5% of ESSERF funding to address learning loss, while local education agencies would be required to reserve 20% of their funding for that purpose.

States & Local Governments: This section would provide a total of $350 billion for states and localities to help with fiscal recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding could only be used in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to cover related costs incurred, and to replace revenue lost due to the pandemic based on pre-pandemic financial projections. It would include:

  • $219.8 billion for the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund, of which $195.3 billion would go to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, $20 billion to tribal governments, and $4.5 billion to territories and commonwealths. Funding would remain available until it’s expended. 

  • $130.2 billion for the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, of which $45.57 billion would go to metropolitan cities, $65.1 billion to counties, and $19.53 billion to local governments with less than 50,000 inhabitants.

Pension Reforms: This section would make reforms to shore up insolvent pension programs, including those established by unions, with a cost of roughly $86 billion. 

  • Multiemployer Pension Reform: This section would authorize the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation to take on some of the benefits of a failing multiemployer pension plan through a partition program so that the plan can stay solvent. Funding assistance would be in effect through 2026 after gradually phasing out during the interim period.

  • Single Employer Pension Plans: For plan years beginning in 2020, shortfalls could be amortized over 15 years instead of seven years. Interest rate smoothing corridors for stabilizing single employer pensions would be extended so that their phase-out wouldn’t have to begin in 2021.

Miscellaneous: This bill would also provide funding for the following:

  • $30 billion for federal transit grants, plus $8 billion for airports and $1.5 billion for Amtrak.

  • The National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would each receive $135 million, with 40% reserved for grants to state agencies and 60% for direct grants to support organizations’ programming.

  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services would receive $200 million, with each state receiving at least $2 million.

  • Federal workers who have to stay home with their children due to remote learning would receive $1,400 per week for 15 weeks.

Impact

Individuals & families; small businesses; economically distressed sectors of the U.S. economy; healthcare providers & manufacturers of medical products; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1319

$1.90 Trillion
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost $1.9 trillion over the 2021-2030 period, of which $1.2 trillion would occur in 2021.

More Information

In-DepthHouse Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) offered the following statement on this relief package:
“What we do now will determine the strength, speed, and equity of our recovery. The American Rescue Plan has broad and united support because experts and community leaders — and Americans — understand the urgent need for bold action to end the pandemic, help workers, families, small businesses, and communities survive these crises, and generate a strong and inclusive recovery. As past crises have shown, doing too little will cost us far more in the end. The American Rescue Plan takes a multipronged approach to tackling the twin health and economic crises so we can save lives and livelihoods today and protect our economic future.”

Democrats chose to use the budget reconciliation process to enact this legislation, which allows them to pass it on simple majority votes in both chambers without needing any bipartisan support. President Joe Biden met with 10 Republicans who were willing to compromise on a smaller relief package, but Democrats didn’t pursue further negotiations after the meeting.

House Democrats included a provision requiring businesses to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in the initial version of this bill, although the Senate parliamentarian ruled that it violates the chamber’s rules related to reconciliation bills. That means Senate Democrats will either need to remove the $15 minimum wage from the package when it reaches the chamber or rework it so that its budgetary effects aren’t “incidental” to the non-budgetary components of the provision. While they could theoretically vote to overrule the parliamentarian with a simple majority, that would require all 50 Democratic senators to vote in favor and at least two, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), have said they will not vote to overrule.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) wrote an op-ed expressing his opposition to this package, which read in part:

“We could address the remaining needs through a similar, bipartisan approach. Unfortunately, President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats chose to cut Republicans out of the process. After claiming on the campaign trail that he would be a “President for all Americans,” President Biden has made zero attempt at bipartisanship. They are using the coronavirus as an excuse to justify funding pet projects. For example, this bill calls for $100 million to fund a tunnel right outside Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district. Other “urgent needs” include $50 million for Planned Parenthood, $685 billion that isn’t scheduled to be spent for another two years - about a third of the entire cost of the bill, and an additional $1,400 per week, up to $21,000 total, for federal employees who have kids out of school, but ignores millions of parents outside of D.C. who are also suffering through school closures, a crisis that has already forced one million American moms to leave the workforce. Worst of all, the Democrats’ bill fails to provide families and students any assurance their public schools will reopen full time.”

This legislation was drafted through the reconciliation process by 11 House committees, each of which reported their portion of the overall package on party-line votes, at which point the Budget Committee compiled a single package that was advanced on a party-line vote.


Of NoteThe onset of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 prompted Congress to act on several occasions to boost the healthcare response and provide economic relief to Americans and their businesses left reeling in the wake of economic lockdowns. Here’s a look back at those bipartisan bills and how they became law:

  • “Phase 1” of the response was the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R 6074), which provided $8.3 billion to fund the acquisition of medical supplies and develop treatments and vaccines. It was signed into law on March 6th after it passed the House 415-2 and the senate 96-1.

  • “Phase 2” was the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), which ensured the availability of free coronavirus testing, in addition to providing for paid leave under certain circumstances, and expanding food aid & unemployment insurance benefits during the outbreak. It was signed into law on March 18th after it passed the House 363-40 and the Senate 90-8.

  • “Phase 3” was the Coronavirus, Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748), which provided an estimated $2.2 trillion in funding for a variety of initiatives aimed at blunting the economic impact of the pandemic & bolstering the healthcare response to it. It includes $1200 “recovery rebate” checks for individuals (doubled for married couples) that phase-out for wealthier Americans, plus $500 per child; enhanced unemployment benefits; $350 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); $500 billion in interest-bearing financial aid for larger, financially distressed corporations. It was signed into law on March 27th and passed the Senate 96-0 and the House on a voice vote. The CARES Act is the most expensive spending package ever enacted.

  • “Phase 3.5” was the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 266), which provided $484 billion to replenish the PPP and other Small Business Administration disaster loan programs; reimburse healthcare providers; and scale-up COVID-19 testing and tracing capacity. It was signed into law on April 24th and preceded a pair of bills later enacted to make PPP loans more useful to small business borrowers by broadening the forgiveness standards and increasing transparency for the public in terms of the entities receiving loans. The bill passed the Senate on a voice vote and the House 388-5.

  • “Phase 4” was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133), and provided $900 billion in funding to finance a round of $600 recovery rebates for individuals; reopen the PPP for another round of loans to distressed small businesses; enhance unemployment benefits by $300 per week through mid-March 2021; help schools respond to the pandemic; and provide additional resources for public health efforts and vaccine distribution. The coronavirus relief measure was included with the $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2021, which made the overall package one of the longest pieces of legislation ever enacted at 5,593 pages. It passed the House 359-53 and the Senate 92-6.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: brucedetorres@gmail.com via Flickr / Public Domain)

AKA

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Official Title

To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of S. Con. Res. 5.

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  • EnactedMarch 11th, 2021
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed March 6th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 50 Yea / 49 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
      Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
      Committee on Finance
      Committee on Indian Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
      Committee on Foreign Relations
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
      Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • The house Passed March 10th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 220 Yea / 211 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedFebruary 24th, 2021

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    The majority of Republican voters endorse this bill. The majority of Democrats support this bill as well as the minimum wage increase. The majority of economists endorse this bill as well as the minimum wage increase. It saves people from ruin and homelessness. It provides economic stimulus that will protect the economy until enough people are vaccinated to allow the economy to fully re-open as well as assure that the economy will rebound strongly. It gets funds to the States for the costs that they incurred fighting the pandemic due to the ineptness of the trump and the trumpublican Senate, who refused to hold the trump in check and to actually deal with the pandemic at least as well as developing countries have done. It gets funds to the States to expedite vaccination programs. Economists have cited the economic success of State-passed minimum wage programs that were initially feared by Republicans and the business community - all of which proved to result in economic growth and greater overall employment. So YES, pass the bill and find a way to push the minimum wage increase - because it will help as it has everywhere else where it has been used.
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    NO NO NO 👎. Too much Pork as usual. Hiding your Programs to Grease your Greed!
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    Finding it interesting that not one Republican voted for it. If I were a GOP voter in a mostly red state where I and many other GOP voters have received ZERO relief, have sky-high unemployment and /or farming losses leading to bankruptcy and foreclosure, or are out-of-work coal miners and unemployed workers who can’t find employment and end up a statistic in the opioid epidemic, or small business owners trying to hold on when their customers are dying from COVID-19, I would be pissed at these “RINOs”, and determined to vote them out of office. But I’m a white woman, independent, left-leaning moderate liberal, former RN with a pension from a union hospital system on Social Security. I have no real, personal understanding of what the experiences of these GOP voters might be because I chose late in life to go back to school to become a nurse, and I had the support of my middle-class retired mother to do so. It doesn’t get any more fortunate that that. But I did make good use of what I had, and as a union worker and organizer I had a viewpoint not enjoyed by many similar to myself in culture, family origins and income level post-WWII. So, I am what is referred to by many GOP supporters as the “liberal elite”. I can’t possibly know how they feel. But I do know enough to say they’ve been shafted big time by the Party they unwaveringly support. And the decisions that put them in those circumstances were not made by me or anyone I know. This vote is but one of a host of historically damaging ones by the GOP to screw the very Americans who support it.😷😢🗽🇺🇸
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    Ironic that over 1/2 the essential workers (23M of 46M) make less than minimum wage but qualify for prioritized Covid vaccination as their work is deemed “essential” to the functioning of US society. Since this COVID Rescue legislation is so critical and the time line so short with benefits expiring in mid March there is insufficient time to deal with a non elected official (parliamentarian) over ruling elected officials or other legislation to use like the last minimum wage increase that was added to defense legislation to pass. Instead the minimum wage should be removed from Covid Rescue and either passed separately based on lessons learned from 29 states that have already done this and if no compromise can be reached then add to tax legislation as corporations should pay higher taxes to cover the $13B the US government spends on programs for people insufficiently paid such that they live below the poverty line and qualify for government assistance. Essentially government poverty programs are funding corporate profits for stock buybacks & executive compensation programs, and 21 states that do nothing about this! At least the 15% that are government workers will have their salaries increased to $15/hr by Executive Order eliminating them from Federal Poverty Programs. There are lessons learned from the 29 states that have already increased minimum wage above the federal minimum, and if there were provisions that could be added to ease worries, like indexing to local economies instead of a national set amount that provides flexibility to states & cities and also adjusted over time, and perhaps a board to review exceptions that could be used to amend legislation to make it more realistic? 1) 29 states have increased minimum wage and all have done this in stages. The last 4 (CT, IL, MD, NJ) in 2019 along with 3 states (CA, MA, NY) and DC represent 30% of the US workforce. In addition 7 (AZ, CO, ME, MI, MI, IR, WA) have also adopted increases ranging from $12 to $14.75. Five states (AL, LA, MS, SC, TN) have no minimum wage & 2 states (GA,WY) are below the minimum wage. 2) 42 cities including NYC, SFO, SEA have a $15/hr minimum wage. 3) Government directly employs 15% of the workforce (10% at local level like schools). Implementing a $15/hr minimum wage increases salaries less than wage increases from 2013-2017, i.e. it will happen without a minimum wage if historical growth rates continue. 4) 24 states have a minimum wage above the National $7.25/hr but not yet $15/hr and it will cost them 1%-1.5%/year to implement the $15/hr minimum wage. 5) 21 states are still at the $7.25/hr minimum wage and have averaged wage increases of 2%/year from 2013-2017. Phasing in a $15/hr minimum wage over 6 years costs about 1.5%/year. 6) Small businesses in states where the minimum wage has been increased grew at a rate of 3.1% versus states that did not increase minimum wage which grew at 1.6%. 7) Employment grew in states with an increased minimum wage by 1.5%. 8) States with increased minimum wage did not experience more business failures. 9) Who are the people earning minimum wage? 60% of the country is paid hourly but 2% make at or below the minimum wage and includes tipped employees. The number of people earning at or below minimum wage has decreased from 8M in 1980 to 1.6M in 2019. Workers tend to be young with half under 25 years of age which is only 1/5th the working population, evenly split among gender, race & ethnicity, and uneducated (associates degree or less). They work in restaurants and food industry, grocery stores, department & discount stores, construction, and elementary & secondary schools performing jobs like cashiers, cooks, janitors & building cleaners, retail sales & waiting tables. Easy to say they need to go back to school and learn skills but many have learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD, etc), don’t have the money without racking up large student loans they can’t pay, or made poor life decisions like having children too early. These could be your kids or those of family, friends, colleagues! https://www.epi.org/publication/a-15-minimum-wage-would-have-significant-and-direct-effects-on-the-federal-budget/ https://tcf.org/content/report/impact-increased-minimum-wages-local-governments/ https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8984-increased-minimum-wage.html https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00213624.1998.11506018 https://usafacts.org/articles/minimum-wage-america-how-many-people-are-earning-725-hour/ https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/minimum-wage/2018/pdf/home.pdf https://blog.accuchex.com/minimum-wage-workers-statistics https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2021/02/05/essential-workers-deserve-minimum-wage-increase/
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    I think there is too much pork in this bill. We need the bill to be more direct when it comes to spending trillions of dollars. Not to mention we don't need to sneak in a minimum wage increase that could shut down more small businesses due to them not being able to cover the increase in pay for their employee increase in pay.
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    10% to the American people ? Crumbs again.
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    It’s so apparent that Joe Biden has done more good in less than 100 days than Trump could do in four years. The last four years of this country I’ve been a catastrophe and it’s only by the grace of God that we made it through it. Now CPAC is totally embracing more craziness and proving that the Republican party is a lost cause.
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    Gop its not ok for we the people to vote by mail but members attending cpac are ok to vote by proxy? What a bunch of hypocrites and criminals
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    No way! This should be a straight up vote on $1,400 to American citizens only. Everything else is payoffs to Democrats.
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    I would personally like to see more structure and accountability built into this legislation. However, we need to address needs now (actually yesterday).
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    Signed, ahead of Schedule by President Biden! 🎆🎇🎆🎇🎆🎇🎆🎇🎆🎇🎆🎇 Fierworks Emoji 👍🏼👍👍🏼👍🏽👍🏾👍🏿👍🏻 Congress adopts $1.9 trillion stimulus, securing first major win for Biden Congress approved a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on Wednesday, authorizing a flurry of new federal spending and a temporary yet dramatic increase in anti-poverty programs to help millions of families still struggling amid the pandemic. By Tony Romm https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/03/10/house-stimulus-biden-covid-relief-checks/ Finally passed both House and Senate! Onto to president Biden's Desk! Dear Democratic Senators, Thank You Dear Representatives, House passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote. Thank You! WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill early Saturday in a win for President Joe Biden... https://apnews.com/article/7545455cccec525285a8ea3c35892c70 story Let's see what the Senate can do. I should thank the Democratic Representatives (all but two). “The final vote tally was 219-212. Two Democrats broke ranks and voted against the bill: Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Jared Golden of Maine. The bill did not pass with bipartisan support as no Republicans voted for it.”* With overwhelming public support for COVID relief, I don’t know whose interests the wayward Democrats and Republicans are representing. Given their leadership choices it must be, “Every man for himself.” * https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/26/politics/stimulus-package-covid-relief-house-vote/index.html [Edited]
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    No Republicans in the House of Representatives voted for the American Rescue Plan. None. As their fellow citizens struggle, suffer, and die, the Republicans want to haggle over money – or, in the case of The Tawdry Thirteen, they want to skip the vote, attend the Trumps' CPAC extravaganza, and lie about where they've been and why. So if your name is Cawthorn, Budd, Gaetz, Steube, Gosar, Green, Nunes, Kelly, Issa, Boebert, Norman, Banks, or Jackson, it’s also Mud./Meanwhile, No Longer President, Thank Goodness, of the United States, Donald John Trump, is planning to reclaim leadership of the GOP – to do what with it, exactly? Build a shrine to himself? But isn’t that what he did with the Capitol Building?
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    None of you ever disappoint Walk that party line forget the hurting people of your state This is my promise I won’t vote for any of you never have never will
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    No I do not support this bill it is a joke. Way to much special interest money going where it don't belong and not going to get this country rolling again.
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    Secretary of Treasury said this needs to be done. Get on with it then. Now that it pasted, without any assistance from Republicans, Republicans are trying to take credit for it! How rich is that! They are truly the party of f*<>^’p’s.
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    Every nay shouting pork but fails to specifically name provisions they have a problem with. Read the bill. Then cite the passages you have a problem with. Don’t just regurgitate memes and clickbait lines.
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    Republicans are against democracy. Did you see that dumb ass Cruz.
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    This has been studied by economist from all parties and persuasions and is known to be one of the best pieces of legislation ever. I am glad to get it done for the 70%of Americans of Americans that support it and by the nearly 65% of them are republicans. During the financial crisis there was not enough done and took the economy more time to return to a good clip. We are not the only country in the world doing this. Those they cry pork will have the beans to go with it when they find out how much the trump presidency actually cost the American public during their four year reign...let alone the corruption yet to come out. Trump always pointed a finger and blamed someone or the other side of things he was actually doing. No, folks this is a damn good bill for the return of our great country.
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    Pass it, I fully support it!
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    Use common sense!! Only 1 ONE percent of this bill is going for COVID relief, the rest are to bail out blue states that aren’t able to keep their economy’s going because they shut down the state. Let’s not forget the present for Schumer a bridge between Buffalo and Canada, where is that COVID relief, and the tunnel from San Francisco to Facebook headquarters in Pelosi’s district. So overloaded with pork we will never see daylight of national debt. Plus letting in illegal aliens and giving them all the comforts of a citizen. We can no longer support the world. Trump saved us 165 billion dollars with his policy of cutting two dollars for every dollar of federal regulation. What does crazy Joe do he suspends that practice. Why? The tax and spend demoncrats are back in town.
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