The $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill was signed by President Biden on Thursday, after passing through the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The bill passed through the Senate with narrow margin last Saturday. No Republicans in either the House or the Senate voted in favor of the bill. The legislation’s most highlighted provisions include $1,400 one-time payments to individuals who make under $75,000, including dependents, or couples who make up to $160,000. It also enhances unemployment benefits by $300 per week through September and increases the annual child tax credit to between $3,000 and $3,600 per child, depending on age bracket.
The Right believes the bill is “costly, corrupt and liberal.” “It is an absolute lie for them to say this is an emergency relief bill that goes and invests directly into the people. It is for a lot of different nonsense that has nothing to do with Covid. Only 9% of it has to do with Covid healthcare; only about 1% is for vaccine distribution,” stated Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who noted that half of the money will not even be spent until the year 2022 or after. Errol Weber, candidate for Governor of California, criticized the name “COVID Relief” bill and noted that “while you wait for your $1,400,” the bill gives hundreds of billions of dollars to such things as Planned Parenthood, welfare, foreign aid, the arts and humanities, and bail-out money for blue states.
“There were parts of it that I liked. I like trying to help people who are unemployed, and I like trying to help our small business people, especially our restaurants…But I don’t understand why we have to give bucket loads of money to prisoners…I don’t understand why we have to give money to people who are in our country illegally…I don’t understand why we have to give $130 billion dollars to schools that refuse to open. I don’t know why we have to pay reparations. This bill has a reparations provision.”Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA)
Biden’s “relief” bill requires that all farmers, who are not black, to pay back their loans. Shouldn’t everyone pay back their loans no matter their skin color?— Jillian Anderson (@Jillie_Alexis) March 11, 2021
Joe Biden should stop grouping people by the color of their skin and treat people fairly. https://t.co/SBqtOmqOKq
The Left largely supports the legislation and praises Democrats in Congress for getting it passed. When asked if this would be the final Covid legislation passed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s response was, “You’re just going to have to ask the virus — if it stops mutating, if it stops spreading and therefore mutating, then this will be.” She added, however, that if it does mutate, then “so too must we be resourceful and resilient in how we deal with it. We will be on top of it.”
“[The Covid relief package] does so much good for so many people. And one of our missions is to show people that government can actually make their lives better.”Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader
Despite some on the left being disappointed at its failure to include progressive measures like increased minimum wage, White House press secretary Jen Psaki called it the ‘most progressive piece of legislation in history.”