Last week, the American Rescue Plan Act was passed through Congress and signed into law by President Biden. The $1.9 trillion stimulus package includes things like $1,400 checks for most Americans, a $3,600 child tax credit, and an extra $300 per week in unemployment benefits. While the first two coronavirus stimulus plans were bipartisan, this one was made law exclusively by Democrats; not a single Republican in the House or Senate voted for the bill. But now as the benefits start getting delivered to people and the legislation remains highly popular, some Republicans are trying to take credit for the relief package they voted against.
Republican Congresswoman Maria Salazar tweeted over the weekend, “so proud to announce that the Biden Administration has just implemented my bipartisan COVID relief bill as part of @SBAgov policy!” GOP Senator from Mississippi Roger Wicker tweeted how glad he is that "independent restaurant operators have won $28.6 billion worth of targeted relief.” Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger put out a statement recently saying, “Today, I’m glad to know my constituents will be receiving an additional relief payment and funding to help improve their access to vaccines, PPE, and unemployment insurance.” If Republicans wanted to be able to take credit for this rescue plan, they should have made a good-faith effort to negotiate the terms and then ultimately voted for the bill. Every GOP member of Congress passed on that opportunity and now they are panicking trying to pretend that they helped make it happen.
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