Democrats pass economic aid for Texas families – without any Republican backing
The US Senate on Saturday passed the US bailout along strict party lines. While different from its counterpart in the House which included a provision to raise the minimum wage, the Senate version is similar in that no Republican voted for.
The $ 1.9 trillion relief bill includes stimulus checks of $ 1,400 per person or dependent, extends the UI supplement to $ 300 per week until September, expands eligibility for the child tax credit and increases its payments, and provides steps towards student loan cancellation.
Texas is expected to receive $ 27 billion from the Recovery plan with nearly $ 17 billion going to state government and $ 10 billion to local governments. Both Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn voted against the bill.
Seven Democrats voted against an amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders that would have gradually raised the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. The votes not included Sens. Manchin, Sinema, Shaheen, Hassan, Tester, Carper, Coons as well as Independent Senator Angus King of Maine.
While Cornyn and Cruz both criticized the bill, Cruz citing the national debt and not wanting to get in the saddle “future generations with this huge tab“, the US bailout represents one of the largest expansions in relief and assistance to people living in poverty in recent history.
Most of the funds made available by this legislation are intended for low- and middle-income Americans, states and local governments.
“This legislative package represents possibly the most effective set of policies to reduce child poverty ever in a bill, particularly among black and Latin children,” said Indivar Dutta-Gupta, co-executive director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. Washington post.
A study by the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University shows that expanding the child tax credit alone could generate $ 800 billion in societal benefits on the road, and that the legislation as a whole reduce child poverty by a third.