Republicans Oppose Sending Americans Thousands of Dollars of Relief

27 Feb

Last night, House Democrats took the first step in making the American Rescue Plan a reality. But while Democrats were keeping their promise to the American people, Republicans — those who bothered to show up to the vote — refused to support sending relief to the millions of families struggling across the country through no fault of their own.

Democrats voted to send working people $1,400 direct payments, plus additional relief funding. Republicans voted to leave millions high and dry. 

USA TODAY: “USA TODAY asked people around the country how they would spend $1,400. For them, a stimulus check is more than cash. Fourteen hundred dollars can stave off eviction or a utility shutoff. It can nurse a teenager back to health, provide seed money for a business, pay for an education and, in some cases, provide a new sense of freedom.

Democrats voted to boost funding for vaccine distribution, while every single House Republican opposed it. 

ABC News: “It would also provide hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to state and local governments, schools and vaccine and COVID-19 testing efforts — in addition to nutritional and child care assistance.”

Democrats voted to provide small businesses struggling to keep their doors open with much-needed aid, while Republicans turned their backs on them. 

NPR: “The Small Business Administration would get $25 billion for a new grant program for ‘restaurants and other food and drinking establishments.’ Grants would be available up to $10 million per entity and $5 million per physical location with a maximum of 20 locations. The legislation sets aside $5 billion of the total money to be targeted to businesses with less than $500,000 in revenue in 2019. … The bill includes another $1.25 billion for the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program.”

Republicans last night voted against:

  • Mounting a national vaccination program, containing COVID-19, and safely reopening schools.
  • Delivering immediate relief to working families bearing the brunt of this crisis by sending direct payments and thousands of dollars of benefits to working families.
  • Supporting communities that are struggling in the wake of COVID-19.

Democrats listened to the American people and voted for President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, while Republicans showed just how out of touch with voters they are. 

Reuters: “Biden’s aid bill wildly popular with Americans — except Republicans in Congress”

New York Times: “In the SurveyMonkey poll, 4 in 5 respondents said it was important for the relief bill to include $1,400 direct checks, including nearly 7 in 10 Republicans.”

New York Times: “The poll found that 78 percent of Americans supported the stimulus checks, including 90 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans — suggesting that Republicans in Congress who want to reduce the checks to $1,000 are out of step with their constituents on this issue.”

Yahoo News: “Of all 20 policies covered by the poll, the two most popular were the ones at the center of Biden’s current COVID proposal: $2,000 relief checks (74 percent favor vs. 13 percent oppose) and increased federal funding for vaccination (69 percent favor vs. 17 percent oppose).”

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DNC on House Democrats Passing COVID Relief Bill

27 Feb

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement:

“While Republicans in Congress try to play political games with people’s lives, Democrats have passed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan to provide people with the immediate relief they need to weather this crisis — including direct payments, expanded and extended unemployment benefits, and critical funding to help speed up vaccine distribution and reopen schools safely. That’s what leadership looks like. This critical legislation has support from Americans across the country and the political spectrum, and yet Republicans in Congress are trying to stand in the way. Make no mistake: Republicans who vote against this package are voting against putting checks in the hands of hardworking people who have bills to pay, businesses to run, and kids to feed. They need help. They need leadership. But only one party has shown the courage and compassion to provide it.

“The vast majority of Americans support passing a strong COVID relief package, and Senate Republicans must join Democrats in sending this bill to President Biden’s desk to sign.”

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NEW DNC VIDEO: Republicans Oppose Thousands of Dollars in Relief for You

26 Feb

Tonight, the House will vote on President Biden’s plan to provide relief to the millions of families struggling across the country through no fault of their own. The American people have made it overwhelmingly clear they support Biden’s American Rescue Plan, yet congressional Republicans want to stand in the way.

Ahead of the vote, the DNC War Room is releasing a new video showing just how out-of-touch congressional Republicans are with their own constituents by ignoring their needs and instead playing political games.

“Democrats, Republicans, and independents across the country have made it clear that they support President Biden’s American Rescue Plan,” said DNC War Room spokesperson Daniel Wessel. “Tonight, instead of joining Democrats in passing the much-needed stimulus plan to deliver thousands of dollars of relief to those who need it most, Republicans will vote to leave millions of families high and dry.”

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Many Trump Voters Support Biden’s American Rescue Plan — Yet Republicans Want To Hold Up Stimulus Checks

26 Feb

A bipartisan majority of Americans and a sizable number of Trump voters support President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. While Democrats are united with the American people in pushing for additional stimulus checks, Republican lawmakers are playing political games and focused on sideshows or the civil war raging in their party.

A sizable number of Trump voters join a bipartisan majority of Americans in supporting President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

McClatchy: “President Joe Biden’s pandemic relief bill is receiving overwhelming approval from swing voters, which include many of former President Donald Trump’s supporters.”

New York Times: “Republican leaders in Washington firmly oppose the president’s stimulus plan, but a sizable number of Trump voters support it, interviews and polls show.”

Unlike Republican lawmakers, Trump voters recognize that people need help right now and additional stimulus checks.

Trump voter: “There’s a lot of people that could use those checks.”

Trump voter: “Most of it sounds like a good idea.”

Trump voter: “I’m pleased so far — I really am surprised, but I am. I agree with a lot of things Biden is doing.”

Instead of focusing on delivering relief to Americans, Republicans are consumed by sideshows and the civil war raging inside their party.

New York Times: “While Democrats are working swiftly to move their bill, Republicans are consumed by sideshows like false claims of voter fraud and what they call cancel culture, which are two major themes of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, starting on Friday in Orlando, Fla.”

Politico: “The episode perfectly captured the civil war raging inside the not-so-post-Trump GOP. And those divisions will be on full display this weekend during CPAC, an annual party gathering where the action of late has become very much about one man — Donald John Trump — and very little about conservatism or policy or much of anything else.”

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Republicans Plan To Vote Against Direct Payments Supported By The Vast Majority Of Their Constituents

26 Feb

Today, the House of Representatives will vote on giving direct payments to Americans struggling through the pandemic. The overwhelming majority of Americans, including more than half of Republican voters, support these checks—yet Republican lawmakers plan to vote against them. They are out of touch with the American people and their own voters.

Poll after poll has shown that the overwhelming majority of Americans, including more than half of Republicans, support stimulus checks.

New York Times: “In the SurveyMonkey poll, 4 in 5 respondents said it was important for the relief bill to include $1,400 direct checks, including nearly 7 in 10 Republicans.”

New York Times: “The poll found that 78 percent of Americans supported the stimulus checks, including 90 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans — suggesting that Republicans in Congress who want to reduce the checks to $1,000 are out of step with their constituents on this issue.”

Yahoo News: “Of all 20 policies covered by the poll, the two most popular were the ones at the center of Biden’s current COVID proposal: $2,000 relief checks (74 percent favor vs. 13 percent oppose) and increased federal funding for vaccination (69 percent favor vs. 17 percent oppose).”

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Republicans in Disarray as Infighting Continues Ahead of CPAC

25 Feb

The Republican divide continues to deepen ahead of the Conservative Political Action Conference, with key Republicans publicly butting heads over the future of the party and Trump’s role in it. 

The Republican Party is divided, with some top Republicans openly clashing over Trump’s speaking slot and his role in the party. 

Rep. McCarthy when asked whether Trump should be speaking at CPAC: “Yes he should.”

Rep. Cheney when asked the same thing: “That’s up to CPAC … I don’t believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country.”

VICE News: “Al Cardenas, the former chair of the American Conservative Union (CPAC’s parent organization), told VICE News he expects Trump to issue ‘a laundry list of demands for loyalists’ and use his Sunday speech—the first public one since he left office—to air ‘a number of grievances.’ He warned that anyone who promoted Trump’s voter-fraud lie would further damage democracy. And he lamented the lack of ideological and racial diversity in this year’s CPAC lineup.”

Despite the wishes of many in his party, it’s still Trump’s party and he is going to dominate the conference.

Politico: “At least eight 2024 hopefuls will speak at CPAC, the conservative movement’s premier conference this weekend in Florida, giving Republicans their clearest look yet at who’s competing in the traditional GOP presidential lanes. But there’s only one lane that really matters: the one currently occupied by former President Donald Trump.”

Trump is still feuding with his former vice president, refusing to attend the conference if Pence also attended. 

Washington Examiner: “Former President Donald Trump told friends he would not appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida if Mike Pence, his always-loyal vice president, was also on the bill, according to people familiar with his conversations.”

And the conference speakers will continue peddling dangerous lies that damage our democracy — if they’re not having their appearances canceled first that is. 

CNN: “The upcoming annual Conservative Political Action Conference — where former President Donald Trump will make his first speech since leaving the White House on Sunday — booted a hip-hop artist and right-wing social media figure who was scheduled to appear over anti-Semitic tweets.”

CNN: “The speakers on the ‘protecting elections’ panels include Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks and Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin, both of whom, in the weeks leading up to the Capitol attack, echoed the lie that the election was stolen; Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly, who has uttered baseless fraud claims and unsuccessfully tried to get Pennsylvania’s results invalidated in court; and Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who joined Trump on the January 2 phone call during which Trump asked Georgia’s top elections official to ‘find’ him enough votes to overturn Biden’s victory in the state.”

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MEMO: Americans Know What’s in the American Rescue Plan — That’s Why They Support it

25 Feb

MEMORANDUM
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: The Democratic National Committee
DATEFebruary 25, 2021
RE: Americans Know What’s in the American Rescue Plan — That’s Why They Support it


This week, Mitch McConnell claimed that the American people support President Biden’s Rescue Plan only because they don’t know what’s in it. That was a lie.

The American people overwhelmingly support President Biden’s plan specifically because they know what is in it and how it will help our country recover. Nearly half of President Biden’s proposals garner 60 percent support and the majority of them have at least twice as much support as they do opposition.

Mitch McConnell and Republican lawmakers are playing political games with Americans’ livelihoods—and lighting themselves on fire to do it. Not only do nearly eight in ten Americans support the American Rescue Plan, but a stunning 60 percent of Republicans do as well.

The American people know the truth. They want to go big because they know that is what the moment calls for. Democrats are united with the rest of the country in pushing for the American Rescue Plan in order to build back better. Republican lawmakers are the only ones standing in the way.

The overwhelming majority of Americans, including more than half of Republicans, support President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

  • According to a new Morning Consult poll, 76 percent of Americans say they support President Biden’s stimulus package.

McConnell is wrong. The American people know what is in the American Rescue Plan and they overwhelmingly support key provisions of the package.

  • Yahoo News/YouGov Poll: “The margins are decisive. The majority of Biden’s proposals garner at least twice as much support as opposition. Nearly half are favored by more than 60 percent of Americans.”
  • According to a SurveyMonkey poll, the three key components in Biden’s proposed plan are all considered to be important by at least 80 percent of Americans.
    • “In the SurveyMonkey poll, 4 in 5 Americans said it was important for the relief bill to include additional $1,400 direct checks, including nearly 7 in 10 Republicans.”
    • “A similarly large group said it was important to include money for vaccine deployment.”
    • A majority of Americans also consider money for schools and state and local governments to be “very important.”
  • According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, the vast majority of Americans support additional $1,400 stimulus payments with 78 percent supporting and 18 percent opposing.
  • According to the same Quinnipiac poll, a majority also say they support increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour with 61 percent supporting it, nearly double the 36 percent who oppose it.
  • According to a Yahoo News/YouGov poll, Americans support increased federal funding for vaccinations by a substantial margin, 69 percent to 17 percent.

McConnell and Republican lawmakers have tried to argue the American Rescue Plan is too big, but the American people disagree. In fact, more say it is not enough.

  • According to a CBS News poll, nearly eight in ten Americans are satisfied with the size of the plan or think it should be bigger—39 percent say it’s the right size and another 40 percent say it’s not big enough.
  • According to that same poll, only one in five Americans agree with Republican lawmakers that the package is too big.

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LAST YEAR: Trump, Officials Downplay COVID Threat. TODAY: Biden Celebrates 50M Vaccines Administered

25 Feb

A year ago today, Trump and his officials ramped up their months-long campaign to lie to the American people and downplay the threat of the coronavirus as cases started spreading in the United States. Fast forward to today, President Biden has listened to the experts and taken the virus seriously from day one, and is now delivering on his vaccine promises. 

A year ago today, as coronavirus started to spread in the United States and around the world, Trump was starting his months-long campaign to ignore medical experts and lie about the threat of coronavirus after privately admitting to a journalist of the virus’ threat

Trump on Feb. 25, 2020: “You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country. We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better. They’re all getting better. … As far as what we’re doing with the new virus, I think that we’re doing a great job.”

Trump on Feb. 25, 2020: “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away.”

Trump’s officials followed suit, continuing to parrot Trump’s lies to the American people by downplaying the threat of the virus. 

Former Trump National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow to CNBC: “‘We have contained this. I won’t say [it’s] airtight, but it’s pretty close to airtight,’ Kudlow told CNBC’s Kelly Evans on ‘The Exchange.’ He added that, while the outbreak is a ‘human tragedy,’ it will likely not be an ‘economic tragedy. There will be some stumbles. We’re looking at numbers; it’s a little iffy,’ Kudlow said. ‘But at the moment … there’s no supply disruptions out there yet.’”

Then Trump campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany to Fox Business: “This President will always put America first, he will always protect American citizens. We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here. We will not see terrorism come here.”

Today, after listening to medical experts and taking the virus seriously, President Biden has taken steps to rebuild trust and ramp up vaccine distribution, putting him on track to deliver on his vaccine promises. 

Reuters: “Over 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered: U.S. CDC”

The Hill: “Biden administration increases weekly vaccine shipment to states to 14.5M doses”

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Republicans Put Themselves In Political Peril Trying To Hold Up Biden’s Popular American Rescue Plan

25 Feb

Republican lawmakers are playing political games instead of joining Democrats in passing President Biden’s overwhelmingly popular American Rescue Plan that will provide funding to beat the coronavirus, safely reopen schools and deliver relief to millions of Americans.

Republican lawmakers face the risk of significant political backlash as they focus on playing games instead of delivering relief to Americans.

CNN: “But with the bill headed to the House floor for a vote as early as Friday, Republicans face significant political risk by forming a unified front of opposition to the legislation, especially given that nearly 7 in 10 Americans supported the bill in a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month.”

Republicans are opposed to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which is overwhelmingly popular and has strong support even from members of their own party.

USA Today: “’The need is real’: GOP mayors embrace Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan even as Republican lawmakers pan it”

HuffPost: “Biden’s COVID Package Is Overwhelmingly Popular. Republicans Hate It Anyway.”

Republicans say they want to reopen schools, yet they plan to vote against legislation to provide more money to allow schools to safely reopen.

CNN: “One area the GOP has been heavily focused on is getting kids back into school, for example, because they see it as a winning issue at the ballot box in 2022. Yet their opposition to Biden’s legislation could complicate those efforts, since many members will likely end up on the record voting against a Covid relief bill that would provide money for exactly that purpose.”

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NEW POLLS: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Biden’s Covid Relief Plan as GOP Focuses on Playing Political Games

24 Feb

As Republicans continue to oppose President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, two new polls out today make it clear that they’re not listening to their constituents. The polls show Biden’s plan to keep Americans safe and secure our economy is not only supported by the vast majority of Americans — including a large number of Republicans — but is the most popular major White House or congressional initiative since 2007.

Americans overwhelmingly support President Biden’s COVID relief plan.

Morning Consult: “76 percent said they back the stimulus package, including 52 percent who said they ‘strongly’ support the bill.”

The Economist’s G. Elliott Morris: “66% of Americans in a new The Economist/YouGov poll said they support Biden’s economic/covid-19 relief plan.”

Support for Biden’s American Rescue Plan is bipartisan, with large numbers of Republicans and independents supporting it. 

Morning Consult: “7 in 10 independents support the stimulus proposal, compared to over 1 in 5 who oppose it.”

Morning Consult: “More than half of GOP voters still back the stimulus package at 60 percent.”

And although Americans want Biden’s plan, Republicans continue to go against their constituents and oppose it. 

Politico: “Republicans are making a risky but calculated bet: that voters won’t punish them for opposing a popular $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill.”

CNN: “Republican leaders in both chambers are maneuvering to keep all of their members in line against the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan, a move that would deny President Joe Biden a bipartisan victory and one that could scuttle the bill in the Senate if any Democrat breaks ranks. But the move amounts to a political risk for Republicans with polls showing clear majorities of Americans supporting an emergency rescue package and with the economy still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.”

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