Americans are hurting financially from the restrictions imposed by the government during the pandemic and Republicans are proposing a $600 billion relief package to address that. Republican senators will be meeting with President Biden Monday to discuss it. The package would include direct payments that are “targeted” to families in need. But it is unlikely the Democrats will compromise on the bill. They are determined to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package with or without the consent of the GOP.
The Republican group of senators known as the ‘Sweet 16’ has worked tirelessly on the bill and has expressed a willingness to work with Democrats as well. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is calling out Biden and other Democrats over their lack of bipartisanship in addressing the matter.
“The President’s team did not reach out to anybody in our group, either Democrat or Republican, when they fashioned their proposal,” Cassidy said on Sunday “So if you want unity, if you want bipartisanship, you ought to start with a group that’s shown it’s willing to work together for a common solution. They did not.”
The plan includes $160 billion for public health, $4 billion for behavioral health and other substance abuse services, and $20 billion is allotted for schools. The senators also propose extending unemployment benefits and obtaining nutritional assistance for families. They said they would include “additional resources” for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program in order to help small businesses and their employees. The details are set to be released on Monday.
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The group meeting with Biden will include the following GOP Senators: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy, Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, Todd Young, Jerry Moran, Mike Rounds, and Thom Tillis.
“We appreciate the President’s quick response to our letter, and we are pleased to accept his invitation to the White House tomorrow afternoon to discuss the path forward for the sixth bipartisan Covid-19 relief package,” the Republican senators said in a released statement.
On Sunday, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) spoke on Fox News concerning President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill and he was very blunt about it. He was responding to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who stated that passing the bill is far more important than ‘unity’ with the Republicans. The Democrats reportedly intend to push the bill through this with or without the support of the GOP.
“We’re ten days into the administration, now he’s [Biden] already saying he doesn’t care to work with Republicans?” Scott said incredulously. “You know, he’s going to try to get this done with Bernie Sanders, with just 50 Democrat votes. That doesn’t make any sense.” And Republicans such as Scott are angered over the move.
“This is all Bernie Sanders’ idea of where we should go,” Scott stated. “Republicans believe in targeted relief. Now, let’s remember just about a month ago we spent, we committed over – almost a trillion dollars, and in the last 12 months, we’ve spent or committed $4.5 trillion. We have no idea how much of that money has not been spent.”
Democrats are threatening to use budget “reconciliation” to shove the bill through Congress if Republicans won’t back the proposal. Scott is pointing out that the Democrats never intended really to adhere to Congressional bipartisanship on issues such as this bill. He also won’t support the bill because of the cost to American taxpayers and because it adds to our obscene national debt.
“This radical left agenda… is not worried about the fact that we have $27 trillion worth of debt? We’re not living even close to within our means. I mean, this makes no sense,” Scott told Mike Emanuel. “This is just payback to the liberal left.”
Scott knows that Americans and businesses are hurting due to the lockdowns and he did acknowledge that Congress has to work “together to get something done. We need to help the people who have lost their jobs we need to help our small businesses, we need to get our schools open and get the vaccine out.” All of that has a high cost.
After saying that, he warned that we need to “remember [that] this is somebody’s money. This is not free money. So let’s do it very targeted, let’s take care of the people who need the help, and… let’s do the right thing for the American citizen.”
Although most Americans are glad to receive stimulus funds, it is a pittance in comparison to what is needed out there. Bernie Sanders wants the relief issued as a step towards universal basic income for every American which many would argue is a solid component of socialism. Scott wants the economy opened up again and for the money to go to those who truly need it, not as ‘free money’ to all Americans and adding more zeroes to our crippling debt.
The bill that the Democrats want to expedite includes $1,400 checks for individuals who make up to $75,000, $170 billion in school funding, a $400 addition to weekly federal unemployment benefits, and increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. It’s a wish list for the left and Biden intends to pass it no matter what.