White House Pushes Back on Criticism Towards American Rescue Plan

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The American Rescue Plan is facing backlash from both sides of the aisle, yet for very different reasons.

Democrats, for starters, aren’t pleased that Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package lacks a federal minimum wage increase to $15. Likewise, the left has slammed the current president for watering down his promised $2,000 stimulus payments to just $1,400.

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Republicans, on the other hand, have very different grievances towards the American Rescue Plan. GOP leaders and voters are critical of the package for its pork spending and massive amounts of funds that go towards subways, rather than opening schools or providing mental health services for children.

Over the weekend, the White House attempted to do some damage control by pushing back on criticism against Biden’s stimulus package, Townhall confirms.

The White House on the American Rescue Plan

On Sunday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki faced questions about the American Rescue Plan.

During a press conference, Psaki was specifically challenged about the package’s funds that are allocated for spending from 2022 through 2031. When asked about how this type of spending counts as coronavirus relief, the White House press secretary deflected.

According to Psaki, the onus lies on businesses, schools, and individuals making their own plans. The Biden press secretary furthermore declared that the main coronavirus-related focuses of the package center around the distributions of COVID-19 vaccines and handouts of $1,400 stimulus payments.

When further pressed about the Congressional Budget Office’s report that 95% of the $1.9 trillion will be spent between the next one to seven years, Psaki spoke of “twin crises” that America faces. She did not, however, directly respond to questions about how funds allocated for libraries, humanities, and the arts count as coronavirus relief.

The Truth About the American Rescue Plan

Anyone who inspects the $1.9 trillion package known as the American Rescue Plan can see the truth. This legislation is not mainly geared towards the provision of coronavirus relief. The majority of funding goes towards large projects and liberal goals with no relation to COVID-19 whatsoever.

To many Americans, this is unfortunate. It’s especially tragic during a time when many parents are struggling to support their children. Meanwhile, children also face a series of mental, emotional, and social issues due to ongoing deprivation from classrooms.

What do you think about the contents of the American Rescue Plan? Do you view this spending package as in the best interest of the country? Let us know down below in the comments section.