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Biden, Republicans open stimulus talks


President Joe Biden arrives at the White House on Friday. Associated Press/Photo by Evan Vucci

Biden, Republicans open stimulus talks

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.


Lynde Langdon

Lynde is editor of WORLD Digital. 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, Kan.

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CaptTee

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!

My Two Cents

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.

Tim Miller

OldMike, 

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:)