Here's what's in the Senate bill:

  • Stimulus checks, with more restrictive eligibility
  • Unemployment assistance, with $300 federal boost to weekly jobless payments and extending two key pandemic unemployment benefits programs through September 6
  • Aid to states and municipalities
  • Nutrition assistance
  • Housing aid "to help low-income households cover back rent, rent assistance and utility bills.
  • About $10 billion would be authorized to help struggling homeowners pay their mortgages, utilities and property taxes."
  • Tax credits for families and workers
  • Tax credits for families and workers, schools and child care providers
  • Health insurance subsidies and Medicaid
  • More money for small businesses
  • Vaccines and testing
  • The Senate bill allocates $8.5 billion to help struggling rural hospitals and health care providers, not included in House bill

What the Republicans didn't like:

  • Money to state and local governments, the $350 billion to help cash-strapped states, cities and tribal governments confronting the pandemic has drawn ire from Republicans.
  • Money for schools, some moderate Republican lawmakers said the legislation would allocate billions for schools without doing anything meaningful to get them reopened to allow in-person teaching.
  • Child tax credit, Republicans have derided proposals such as the tax credit as not relevant in a COVID-19 relief package and oppose efforts to make it permanent
  • Unemployment insurance, Some Republicans have voiced opposition to raising the weekly amount, and extending it for that long.
  • Raising the Minimum wage was rejected
  • Mandatory paid family and sick leave, as approved in a previous Covid relief package, will not be reinstated
  • As well as the rail package for California and a bridge package for New York were rejected.
R. Neal's picture

Rep. Tim Burchett (Feb 27):

Rep. Tim Burchett (Feb 27): "The so-called relief package before the House this evening was drafted for politicians in D.C., not my constituents in East Tennessee. I proudly voted against this $1.9 trillion pork-barrel spending bill."

Senator Bill Hagerty (Mar 6): "I just voted against the Democrats’ partisan, so-called #COVID relief bill. It’s a pork-filled package that is not targeted, not bipartisan, and not transparent."

Senator Bill Hagerty (Mar 6): Good morning! Honored to serve alongside @MarshaBlackburn as we both stand against this nearly $2 trillion package, which 90% has nothing to do with COVID. We have been in the Capitol all night fighting for Tennessee, and will continue to do so!"

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (Mar 6): "I voted against the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion “#COVID relief” bill. Tennesseans deserve better than this partisan wish list. Only 9% of this bill is COVID-related. The rest is allocated to liberal pet projects and blue state bailouts."

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (Mar 5): "The Democrats’ failure to effectively target relief to those truly in need is an insult to taxpayers."

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Another provision Republicans

Another provision Republicans don't like

Tucked inside the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that cleared the Senate on Saturday is an $86 billion aid package that has nothing to do with the pandemic.

"The $86 billion is a taxpayer bailout for about 185 union pension plans that are so close to collapse that without the rescue, more than a million retired truck drivers, retail clerks, builders and others could be forced to forgo retirement income."

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Burchett's Union Support

Our pension was gutted under Republican Stewardship after they seized it during the Reagan Administration and when it's collapse was all but insured, handed back to the union after almost 20 years of Republican and government mismanagement.Tim's failure to make up for his own party's responsibilities just shows how low her's sunk. Tim Burchett is the swamp, and a traitor.

Thank God for Joe Biden! Someone's finally looking out for the working man!

R. Neal's picture

The problem started a long

The problem started a long time ago, as fishbobber notes, was exacerbated by the previous economic meltdown and the Fed's near zero interest rates, and more recently by the pandemic causing high unemployment meaning fewer people paying in to pensions. So, it's sort of pandemic related.

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Most of those pensions wouldn't have made it through the year. You would be slashing pensioners incomes , creating a massive social welfare problem , in a pandemic. The issue was simply whether to restore what was earned and stolen or figure out a way to restore the security for the rest of us from when these folks lost everything else they had earned, houses, savings etc.

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