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Politics 'Way Overdue': Biden's $1.9 Tn Stimulus Plan Wins Support Among GOP Leaders Outside D.C.

05:10  16 february  2021
05:10  16 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Republican mayors, governors and voters nationwide are expressing support for the 0 billion in state and local aid contained in President Joe Biden ' s $ 1 . 9 trillion COVID stimulus package, even as U.S. congressional Republicans actively oppose the package for being too expensive. Republicans mayors like Fresno's Jerry Dyer; Oklahoma City's David Holt; Miami's and Fort Worth's Betsy Price are just four among hundreds who have signed a public letter urging Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to "take immediate action" on Biden ' s American Rescue Plan .

President-elect Joe Biden released details on his $ 1 . 9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan on Thursday. The plan includes several priorities sought by Biden ' s fellow Democrats, including boosting the 0 direct relief payments already going out to most Americans, and extending increased unemployment insurance. It also includes plans for accelerating vaccine distribution, boosting testing capacity, and reopening schools.Both Democrats and President Trump pushed to put ,000 stimulus payments in the smaller bipartisan coronavirus relief bill passed at the end of 2020. Biden wants to send ,400

Republican mayors, governors and voters nationwide are expressing support for the $350 billion in state and local aid contained in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus package, even as U.S. congressional Republicans actively oppose the package for being too expensive.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Republican mayors, governors and voters nationwide are expressing support for aid contained in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus package, even as U.S. congressional Republicans actively oppose it for being too expensive. In this February 10, 2021 photo, Biden speaks as he makes a statement at the South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Building in Washington, DC. © Alex Wong/Getty Republican mayors, governors and voters nationwide are expressing support for aid contained in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus package, even as U.S. congressional Republicans actively oppose it for being too expensive. In this February 10, 2021 photo, Biden speaks as he makes a statement at the South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Building in Washington, DC.

Republicans mayors like Fresno's Jerry Dyer; Oklahoma City's David Holt; Miami's and Fort Worth's Betsy Price are just four among hundreds who have signed a public letter urging Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to "take immediate action" on Biden's American Rescue Plan. The letter calls comprehensive coronavirus relief legislation and providing direct fiscal assistance to all cities "long overdue."

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You may opt- out by clicking here. Biden and congressional Democrats have repeatedly said they’re open to working with Republicans on the package, but not at the expense of delivering relief to American families quickly. The vote to move forward followed a Monday evening meeting between Biden and a group of ten Senate Republicans who had crafted a pared-back 8 billion package as an alternative, but the White House reiterated Tuesday that Biden still believes a $ 1 . 9 trillion package is appropriate.

The scope of Biden ' s stimulus plan would require more committees than usual to get involved in a process normally dominated by the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate finance committee. It's still early for the Biden administration, but a lot would need to go its way simultaneously for the stimulus package to land It's barely been a month since hundreds of former President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol. He hasn't even undergone his impeachment trial for his role in sparking the uprising. And yet Trump is already planning a redemption tour of sorts — and his allies

"It's not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue. It's a public health issue. It's an economic issue. And it's a public safety issue," Dyer told The Washington Post. The publication said his city has experienced spikes in unemployment, violence and homelessness as the COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered businesses and filled food lines. The city is considering laying off 250 employees, including police and firefighters, to deal with its $31 million budget deficit.

On Friday, Biden hosted a bipartisan group of mayors and governors to discuss his stimulus bill and their most urgent needs during the ongoing pandemic. The group included the four aforementioned mayors, the Republican governors of Maryland and Arkansas and other local Republican government heads.

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Biden ' s plan would also give billion to the hardest-hit public transit agencies to help avert layoffs and the cutting of routes. The plan would provide an additional 0 billion to K-12 schools, colleges and universities to help them reopen and operate safely or to facilitate remote learning. Increased support for vaccines and testing: The plan calls for investing billion in a national vaccination program , including launching community vaccination centers around the country and mobile units in hard-to-reach areas. Biden would also increase federal support to vaccinate Medicaid enrollees.

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled his stimulus plan to support households and businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic. President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled the details of a $ 1 . 9 trillion coronavirus rescue package. The proposal, titled the American Rescue Plan , includes familiar stimulus measures with the goal of sustaining families and firms until vaccines are widely distributed. The current plan is the first of two major spending initiatives Biden will seek in the first few months of his presidency.

After the meeting, Holt responded to congressional Republican's claim that Biden's proposed city and state aid are little more than a "bailout" for governments that have long failed to balance their own budgets.

Holt said that unlike the federal government, local governments cannot operate at a deficit. Also, unlike other businesses, local governments—many of which also employ hundreds or thousands of people—haven't been able to apply for federal funds to help keep their employees paid and public services running.

As of February 15, the U.S. National debt is over $27 trillion, with nearly $7 trillion of that added during the former presidency of Donald Trump.

A February 11 poll found that 60 percent of Republican voters support passing Biden's stimulus relief package, even without any congressional Republican support.

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri called Biden's current package "a nonstarter," but specifically voiced support of its increased financial assistance to state governments.

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  Ron Johnson Target of $1M Ad Blitz After Calling Stimulus Check Spending 'Unwise' The senator has previously opposed stimulus checks being sent out and has suggested aid should be done in a more targeted manner. "When you spend trillions of dollars, it will help people but we don't have an unlimited checking account and we are not being careful," he said, speaking to WISN 12 News. "We are not stopping and considering if there is a better way to do this. That is why I think it is unwise." He also questioned the amount of people who have lost jobs in the pandemic, asking why many millions get the checks than jobs that have been lost.

President Joe Biden ' s sweeping new $ 1 . 9 trillion stimulus plan has fallen flat with two moderate Senate Republicans who have expressed reluctance to prioritizing pandemic relief just one month after the last legislation was passed. After Biden ' s inauguration on Wednesday, Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah both Senators Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski have expressed skepticism of Joe Biden ' s stimulus plan . Saul Loeb/Getty. With the slim margin of control, the party would need support from every Senate Democrat to push through the measure without GOP support .

The GOP stimulus framework would set out 0 billion for economic and vaccine assistance, roughly a third of the $ 1 . 9 trillion Biden would spend on his plan . Along with expanding liability protections pushed by Republicans, Democratic support of funding for state, local and tribal governments was a major roadblock to reaching an agreement on a new economic assistance package through the second half of last year.

While Republicans have expressed concerns about the size of the overall stimulus, economists have also warned that the economy faces greater risk if Congress spends too little as opposed to too much.

Newsweek contacted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for comment.

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