President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan finally came up for a vote on the House floor, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) complained about the late hour even though Republicans have often held such late-night votes themselves.
The $1.9 trillion stimulus package includes money for schools to reopen safely, funding for state and city governments whose budgets have been stretched to the breaking point, further funding for vaccinations, aid to renters, emergency paid leave for workers, small business aid, and $1,400 stimulus checks for Americans making $75,000 or less.
And after a year in which Republicans failed to properly address the financial struggles of the American people and refused to take the pandemic seriously, this recovery package is absolutely necessary. That’s why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused to adjourn until a vote on the bill occurred.
At around 2am on Saturday morning, the bill passed with every single Republican voting against it despite it being massively popular among the public.
Of course, McCarthy whined about the late hour.
“Democrats just scheduled a vote for 2am tonight,” McCarthy complained on Fox News. “They are so embarrassed by all the non-COVID waste in their bill that they are jamming it through in the dead of night.”
McCarthy did not specify what the “non-COVID waste” in the bill is, and that’s because every cent of the stimulus is desperately needed, including by Republican voters. It should be pointed out that Republicans passed a trillion dollar tax cut for the wealthy in the dead of night back in 2017, legislation that hurt our economy and will raise taxes on middle class and poor Americans for the next several years unless it is repealed.
White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain responded to McCarthy by making it clear that Democrats are working late at night to help people.
Democrats working late into the night to get you $1400 rescue checks; Republicans lining up to vote no. https://t.co/YtdvrXjoDL
— Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) February 27, 2021
Again, every Republican in the House voted against the legislation. They voted against helping the American people during a crisis. That’s all you need to know about Republicans and their priorities right now.
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