Dead set against President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending plan, congressional Republicans are laboring to convince a largely supportive public that the package is less coronavirus relief than liberal boondoggle.
Reviving the struggling economy and mitigating the deadly pandemic are voters’ top priorities, and upward of 70% of them, including a healthy percentage of Republicans, approve of Biden’s blueprint for addressing both: the American Recovery Plan. The bill would, among other items, send $1,400 checks to most people; invest $50 billion in coronavirus testing while creating a national vaccination program; and allocate $130 billion to public schools to facilitate their ability to reopen.
House and Senate Republicans are unmoved by the raft of polling showing high marks for the Biden plan. With floor votes just days away, they are mounting a last-ditch effort to change public opinion by branding the bill a wish list of expensive Democratic initiatives disguised as coronavirus relief. The package earmarks $350 billion