What Will Republicans Do About Stimulus Checks : Having Voted “No,” Will They Take the Dough?

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A Majority of Voters Support the Relief Package: Congressional Republicans Voted Unanimously Against It

A sizable majority of American voters (70 percent) — including both Republicans and Democrats — support the COVID relief package (the so-called American Rescue Plan), according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. The legislation includes stimulus checks of up to $1400 for most Americans, as well as aid for businesses, state and local governments, and COVID relief programs. About 28 percent of Americans oppose the measure.

Congressional Republicans unanimously voted against the $1.9 trillion relief package. Despite that, Democrats narrowly managed to pass the bill, 220 to 211 in the House of Representatives and 50–49 in the Senate. President Biden signed the measure into law on March 12.

So, what will Republicans do with their stimulus checks?

Checks haven’t arrived yet, and Republicans aren’t saying much so far about how they plan to spend the money. Perhaps pay for groceries, rent, or medical bills like so many of their fellow Americans? Give it to a charity? Return it to the IRS?

Leaders of both parties voiced disparaging opinions about their opponent party’s position on the legislation that will earmark $1400 or so dollars to most of their constituents. Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Republicans for their opposition, saying “It’s typical that they vote no and take the dough,” meaning that Republicans would use the money even though they opposed the legislation. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), in contrast, said “This isn’t a rescue bill; it isn’t a relief bill; it is a laundry list of left-wing priorities that predate the pandemic and do not meet the needs of American families.”

While Congress as a whole may not view the relief package as a win, a majority of Americans do. I’d be interested in what you plan to do with your stimulus package, whether or not you are part of the 70 percent who favored receiving it.

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