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Biden, Republicans open stimulus talks

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/01/21, 05:12 pm

A group of moderate GOP senators headed to the White House on Monday afternoon with a proposal for $618 billion in coronavirus economic aid. President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan dwarfs the Republicans’ offer, but the two sides came together in hopes of starting negotiations and meeting somewhere in the middle.

What do the plans entail? Both parties would pump federal funds into vaccine distribution and COVID-19 testing. Biden also wants more money for schools and state and local governments. The president would like to give Americans additional stimulus payments of $1,400, while the GOP caps those at $1,000 and targets the neediest taxpayers. They hope to have an agreement by March, when extra unemployment assistance and other pandemic aid expires.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about the role of political moderates in Congress.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 02/01/2021 11:14 pm

    It's foolish, in my opinion, to just crank out checks to practically everyone in the country. My wife and I sure don't need it, I haven't missed a day of work since the pandemic started!  Hahah, I'm retired!  And I think among people I know personally, only two couples were put in a pinch. So to them, that stimulus was vital, but to most of my circle it was just extra money for enjoying ourselves or putting in the bank. 

    Unfortunately, when a politician is in the mood to buy him some votes, there's no changing his mind. (Or hers as the case may be)

    But if they send it to me, will I send it back?  NOOOOOOO, do I look that dumb?  Heheh. 

    Posted: Tue, 02/02/2021 09:43 am


    Just consider it a block grant to individuals to democratize the federal budget. If we want to help the poor with it or fund Christian education or fund a crisis pregnancy center, we can use federal funds to do all of those things with the stimulus checks:)

    And ... even though we disagree occasionally, I I would trust you - or even my friend Cyborg3 -  with $1400 before I'd trust Schumer or Pelosi with it:)

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Tue, 02/02/2021 11:44 am

    I agree completely with both of you. My husband and I put the first one directly into our IRAs. This second one will also go there. Our adult daughter is funding on line teacher certification. Our newly graduated college son hasn't seen one thin dime, as he was our legal dependent and didn't qualify. He's the one who has had two job offers fall through because of COVID restrictions. He is driving for Door Dash and will no doubt have to pay tax on those earnings.....because he is still our dependent for six months of 2020. No stimulus money for people like him. I am thankful we, his parents, are in a position to give him a roof and three square meals.

  •  CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Tue, 02/02/2021 01:29 pm

    Why keep voting to give us our money back? Why not just define "rich" as $100,000 or $200,000 and eliminate income tax for those under who are not defined as "rich". The income tax originally was sold as only appling to the rich, so let's just return to that!

    Posted: Tue, 02/02/2021 03:26 pm

    We also do not need the stimulus money. But because it is in the form of a DEBIT CARD the banks say the company who convinced DC to put it in the form of a card will be getting a cut of your stimulus. 

    I am guessing they go by your last income tax filing because they put my husband's and mine into one card and then say we can't get all of it at once. I wonder if those millions of cards can be recycled.

    One single mother of 2 did not get any stimulus. She made too much to get a card at first because they just put her job on hold. But she has since lost her job. She is one who could use the money. When you are used to making a lot and you have bills and a house to coincide, it can be very upsetting. Especially when there are so many people looking for jobs. AGAIN.