New York :
Democrat John Yarmuth, chairman of the House Budget Committee.
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The House Budget Committee, chaired by the Democrat John yarmuth (Kentucky), approved the stimulus package of $ 1.9 trillion dollars and sends its recommendation to the plenary session.
This is a new step in the legislative process for the president’s plan Joe biden which includes various benefits for Americans, including direct mailing of a check for $ 1,400, as well as tax support for children of up to $ 3,600.
With 19 votes in favor and 16 against, that panel achieved an additional step to endorse the plan, amid the rejection of Republicans, who criticized the bill, considering it excessive and not being “directed” to those who need it most.
“Without additional resources, we will never get to where we need to be… We will not wait. We are going to pass this legislation and we are going to turn this pandemic and economic crisis around “Yarmuth said.
The republican defense, in the voice of the representative Jason smith (Missouri), even tried indefinitely delay the plan. His proposal was rejected.
“This is the wrong plan at the wrong time and for all the wrong reasons.”Rep. Smith said in the virtual hearing. “I am not trying to annul its legislation,” he added in defense of his motion.
Republicans reject, among other things, the increase in the minimum wage to $ 15, as well as the sending funds to state and local governments.
Democrats seek to pass the bill in both houses before March 14, since that date ends the federal aid approved last December.
President Biden is confident that the package can be endorsed as soon as possible, even dismissing the need for Republican support, although he had advanced that he was seeking a bipartisan project, but most of his political opponents refuse to support the aid. Now the president said he preferred the endorsement of the plan without Republican support.
“Critics say the plan is too big… Let me ask you a rhetorical question: What would you want me to cut? What would you leave out? “, indicated this Monday.
Democrats have closed ranks to move forward with the bill, which must be approved by the full House and then sent to the Senate, where it could be endorsed with a simple majority.
“The need for critical # COVID19 relief is not a red status, blue status issue,” he said. Jim McGovern (Massachusetts). “@HouseBudgetDems’ passage of the #AmericanRescuePlan Act of 2021 brings us one step closer to providing vital relief to distressed communities across the country.”
The need for critical # COVID19 relief is not a red state, blue state issue. @HouseBudgetDems markup of the #AmericanRescuePlan Act of 2021 puts us one step closer to delivering vital relief for struggling communities across the country. https://t.co/EJyd9hz61N
– Rep. Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) February 22, 2021
The republican Lauren boebert (Colorado) assured that 90% of the funds are not directed to attending the pandemic, although the plan has never been explained in that way, since it includes support for companies and families facing the economic crisis caused by COVID-19.
Boebert even pointed out that the aid would also go to “undocumented”, as happened in past projects, but none of the previous packages assigned funds to this type of immigrants, but the opportunity for their American partners to apply for the aid.
If approved this week in the House, it is possible that the plan will pass the following week in the Senate, then it would be sent to President Biden for his signature. The funds could begin to be distributed the second week of March.