Pres. Biden is still struggling to get Congress to act urgently on his COVID relief package to address the worsening health crisis amidst a political divide. The president has not been receiving signs of support from the Republicans in relation to his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan. Still, President Biden is not backing down on his plans, stating that even without the support of the Senate Republicans the COVID relief plan will be passed with no excuses, reservations, or restrictions.
The President’s struggle lies mainly on the fact that Congress has already approved a total of $4 trillion in financial aid beforehand, including the $900 billion fund for the $600 stimulus checks last month. A week has passed since President Biden was took office to which there has been no progress in reaching a deal with the Republican legislators. However, Senate Democrats on the other hand, are currently putting together the measure as soon as the following week.
According to the president, the new $1.9 trillion aid that is being pushed is better than the possible damage to the economy if the relief plan will not proceed. Not only will it help fund the vaccinations, it would also help put citizens back to work, improve their salaries, and allow their children to go back to schools.
The president is also trying to convince the public on how the different parts of his proposal will work together. Aside from the $1,400 differential in the promised $2K direct payments to citizens, the government will allott $400 billion to propel the nationwide vaccination program and school reopenings. Furthermore, the minimum wage of state and local governments will be increased to $15, However this last aspect is opposed by most Republicans.
What Republican Lawmakers are Saying
Legislators from the Republican partly agree with Biden’s plan of hastening the vaccinations. Yet a Senate aide of the party said that there are more clamors for resolving the second impeachment case faced by former president Trump. Other Republicans on the other hand, do not agree as they see the new relief package as a the current administration’s way of saving state and local governments from going bankrupt.
While some members of the Republican party agree with the President’s proposal, but subject to a different condition. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, mentioned that he agrees and supports the financing for giving benefits to jobless citizens and funding the distributions of vaccine. However, he demands a full accounting of the remaining funds from the last financial aid packages.