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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.

jimK's Opinion
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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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John's Opinion
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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.

Andrew's Opinion
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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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Terry 's Opinion
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02/27/2021
10% to the American people ? Crumbs again.
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KyleCorley's Opinion
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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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    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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