By Quentin Choy
March 10, 2021
President Joe Biden just scored the first big win for his presidency after Congress passed his $1.9 trillion stimulus package. The bill narrowly passed in the House of Representatives with a 220-211 vote. Billions of dollars in the bill are included to increase the rate of vaccinations, assist in school reopenings, and expansions to welfare programs.
According to a March 2021 poll by Morning Consult, 75 percent of Americans support the COVID-19 aid package, despite concerns by Republicans in Congress and in the media over the deficit, large-government spending, and the necessity of the bill.
Although the bill doesn’t include a federal $15 minimum wage, which was rejected by all Republicans and 8 Democrats in the Senate, the bill will help millions of Americans in financial need and will be awarded to Joe Biden as a political win.
Republicans who voted against the bill may face criticism over their down vote during the midterms in 2022, due to the bill’s high popularity. However, Democrats in the Senate may face the same fate due to their downvote of the $15 minimum wage being included in the bill and with $1400 survival checks being provided rather than $2000 checks promised by Joe Biden and Senators Jon Ossoff and Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock when campaigning in Georgia during the 2021 Georgia runoff elections.
I’m glad financial relief is on its way to everyday Americans, although I am disappointed in reductions of relief by both parties in providing necessary aid to the working class. I hope that President Biden and Democrats in Congress continue to pass similar legislation in regards to infrastructure, shifting U.S. foreign policy toward diplomacy, and in federal marijuana laws.
If he continues on this path, perhaps I can stop laughing when Biden continues saying he will be the “most progressive president since FDR.”
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