On Wednesday, the U.S. House of representatives gave the final consent to a sweeping $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill for which President Joe Biden got his major success in the office. The measure provides $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, $400 billion for $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, child tax credit expansion, and also increased funding for vaccine distribution.
Support of Americans For The Bill
A Reuters national opinion poll which was conducted from March 8-9 showed the result that 70 % of the Americans support the plan and the majority includes Democrats and Republicans. It is considered that if the legislation succeeds in giving the economy a major boost then the plan could improve the political fortunes of the Democrats. Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority leader said, “We think it will have significant consequences for the American people, economically, politically, and even going to have their faith in Government”.
Is The Measure “Too Costly” for The Country?
The Republicans said that the new measure is too costly and is even packed with wasteful progressive priorities. Now, the economy is headed toward a rebound and the worst phase of the biggest health crisis in a century has also largely passed. Jason Smith, the Republican Representative said, “It’s the wrong plan at the wrong time for so many wrong reasons”. Even Marjorie Taylor, the Republican Representative tried to delay the proceedings by asking for an adjournment. But the House rejected her effort.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The $1.9 trillion Covid-19 bills are an excellent step to prop up the economy of the country. The bill will also deliver direct aid to the Americans in need.
- The global pandemic has killed more than 530,000 Americans and has disrupted the lives of many. So, the relief package has an aim to defeat the deadly virus.