House Democrat suggests states don’t need another COVID relief package
One of the most vulnerable House Democrats this election cycle suggested on Sunday that another COVID relief package is not needed and that state legislatures should spend the money they have already received from programs. previous relief.
Representative Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat and two-term lawmaker, challenged state lawmakers who received billions in COVID relief funds last spring but are refusing to spend the money to reopen schools and hire health professionals. health.
Ms Slotkin suggested on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that the country should enter a new phase on COVID and keep kids in school and businesses open. But she also warned that hospitals are “like war zones right now” and said there aren’t enough substitute teachers when full-time teachers get COVID.
She noted that her state’s COVID relief, which Congress approved in March, is still in Michigan’s state bank account.
“The State of Michigan has literally $4 billion. Hello? Michigan State Senate and State Senators. Move over. Get your duffs out. Get that money out so we can pay more for the subs in our schools,” Ms. Slotkin said. “So we can have more people, nurses and doctors. I don’t know if we need another package because the money we spent n has not been used in the field before.
Ms Slotkin made her observation as Democrats struggle to figure out how to pass President Biden’s $1.75 trillion welfare package that was torpedoed by Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, when he indicated he could not support the bill last month.
Mr Biden signed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package in March. The plan sent direct payments of up to $1,400 a week in unemployment insurance, expanded the child tax credit and allocated more money for vaccine distribution. The proposal also directed more than $120 billion to K-12 schools.
Democrats passed the bill without the help of any House or Senate Republicans. The legislation passed the upper house by a simple majority after Democrats used the budget reconciliation process, which allowed them to bypass a 60-vote threshold.
The GOP criticized the plan, saying more Americans had received their COVID-19 vaccines and more states were already reopening their economies.
“The American people have already built a parade marching to victory,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said when the legislation was passed. “Democrats just want to sprint past this parade and claim credit.”
Ms. Slotkin, like other vulnerable Democrats, is seeking to distance herself from the Biden administration as the midterm elections approach. She won reelection by more than 3 percentage points in a district that had been represented by a Republican.
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